Real Madrid’s impressive 21-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt halt on Thursday as the defending Copa del Rey champions were eliminated in the round of 16 by city rivals Atletico.
Atletico Madrid triumphed over Madrid rivals in the extra time of their Copa del Rey clash. The decisive factor in the 4-2 Atleti victory was Antoine Griezmann’s exceptional goal in extra time, with substitute Rodrigo Riquelme also contributing to the scoreline in the dying moments.
During the initial 90 minutes, the two teams exchanged four goals, with Samuel Lino giving the hosts the lead in a chaotic derby match that resulted in 13 yellow cards, including one for Diego Simeone on the sidelines. The lead was nullified by a Jan Oblak own goal, and Alvaro Morata, facing his former club, scored, with Joselu later forcing the game into extra time.
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Both teams experienced nervy early moments, and Atletico, in particular, aimed to assert physical dominance in the game. However, it would be unfair to say that those dressed in all-white were unwilling to match the intensity.
In the 11th minute, Jude Bellingham’s individual brilliance nearly gave Madrid the lead. The Englishman dribbled skillfully, including a cheeky nutmeg on Axel Witsel, before hitting the crossbar. A vital deflection from Jose Gimenez’s lunging block prevented a certain goal.
Midway through the first half, heroics at the back were needed when Rodrygo beat Atletico’s offside trap. Gimenez got back to poke the ball away, but Oblak’s quick reactions prevented a potential comedic own goal.
Lino’s breakthrough goal in the closing stages of the half was Atletico’s first significant chance. Madrid drew level six minutes later when Oblak’s attempt to punch clear a Modric free-kick ended up in the back of the net.
In the second half, Atletico retook the lead as Lunin’s mistake allowed Morata to score. Madrid searched for a second equalizer, hitting the bar for the second time, this time with Rodrygo’s effort.
Atletico missed a chance to extend their lead, with Lunin making a great save from Morata. Moments later, Joselu scored the second equalizer, heading in Bellingham’s miscued shot.
Griezmann’s go-ahead goal in extra time was a thing of beauty, capitalizing on chaos created by Vinicius. Madrid had a disallowed goal in the added period after a VAR review confirmed offside.
As Madrid pressed for a third equalizer, Atletico capitalized on a break, leading to Riquelme’s confident finish across Lunin for the fourth goal.