“Thrilling Showdown: Atletico Madrid Triumphs Over Real Madrid 4-2 in Copa del Rey Round of 16 Extra-Time Clash”

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Atlético Madrid defeated Real Madrid, their bitter rivals, in an exciting Copa del Rey Round of 16 match at the Wanda Metropolitano. Samuel Lino opened the score prior to Jan Oblak’s tragic own goal leveling the score. Álvaro Morata believed he had won the match, but Joselu’s equalizer forced extra time. But goals from Rodrigo Riquelme and Antoine Griezmann gave the home team the victory.

Atlético Madrid advanced to the Copa del Rey quarterfinal:

With a convincing 4-2 victory over Real Madrid, Atlético Madrid advanced to the Copa del Rey quarterfinalists. The remarkable twenty-one-game undefeated streak of Real Madrid concluded as Atlético progressed to the final eight, propelled by the extra-time goals of Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo Riquelme.

Jan Oblak’s excellent goalkeeping:

Los Blancos got their first real chance after 12 minutes when Jude Bellingham found his way into the penalty area, but a spectacular save from Atlético’s goalkeeper, Jan Oblak, denied them. Just eight minutes later, Real was denied again, this time by an excellent save from Oblak to thwart Rodrigo’s follow-up effort.

Atlético Madrid launched an attack just six minutes into the interval, with Antonio Rudiger rising highest to head Rodrigo de Paul’s cross, but Samuel Lino deflected it just wide of the post with a quick reaction save from Andriy Lunin.

Luka Modric’s free kick  mishandle Oblak, allowing the ball to enter the net behind him and giving Real Madrid an immediate equalizer.

Thanks to a defensive mix-up, Atlético Madrid took the lead just before the hour mark. This time, it was a combination between the goalkeeper Lunin and Rudiger, with Álvaro Morata in the right place at the right time to slot the ball into the empty net.

Real Madrid leveled the score within 15 minutes when Rodrigo’s brilliant effort landed on the crossbar and then fell behind the line.

With just eight minutes left in regular time, Los Blancos secured the draw as Bellingham provided a superb cross from the previous post, and Joselu, who had been on the pitch for just a few minutes, was ready to score, sending the match into extra time.

Griezmann’s outstanding solo goal in the 100th minute gave Atlético a 3-2 lead. The all-time leading goal-scorer for Atlético Madrid unleashed a rocket from a difficult angle, leaving Vinicius Junior far behind and finding the top corner.

Riquelme ensured victory with just one minute remaining on the clock, confidently placing the ball past Lunin after Memphis Depay’s slip, sparking jubilation on the pitch with Diego Simeone leading the celebrations.

With this loss, Real Madrid has now lost twice this season against Atlético Madrid across all competitions. Just eight days ago, Atlético defeated Real in a cup competition, scoring twice in extra time to secure a 5-3 victory in the Supercopa de España final.

Diego Simeone’s squad got their retribution tonight, and they did it admirably. The emotions were high for Deja-vu, and for Atlético’s players, perhaps there was a feeling of “not again.” But, thanks to Antoine Griezmann and Rodrigo Riquelme, this was Atlético’s night in Madrid.

Real Madrid’s incredible unbeaten streak of 21 matches in all competitions came to an end tonight, a streak that dated back to September. If there’s one team to trust in causing their first defeat before tonight, it’s Atlético Madrid.

In La Liga, Atletico might be trailing their city rivals by 10 points, but tonight they secured their second victory in three attempts against their rivals, reaching the quarter-finals of Copa del Rey.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann

Griezmann was flanked by his family prior to the game as Atletico celebrated his recent accomplishment of becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer by giving him a special shirt. The crowd recognized their star’s efforts to the squad and cheered on his bravery.

It’s only fitting that it was Griezmann, just over 100 minutes into the game, who propelled Atletico ahead in the extra time against their city rivals Real Madrid, securing a place in the quarter-finals of Copa del Rey.

Typically, Griezmann displayed his presence on the pitch, seamlessly navigating between the lines, probing for openings, and highlighting his extraordinary passing skills. It’s his capacity to independently find the net that genuinely distinguishes him as a standout player.

Player Ratings:

Atletico Madrid: Oblak 7, Vrsaljko 6, Gimenez 7, Hermoso 7, Llorente 7, De Paul 7, Koke 7, Saul 6, Llorente 7, Morata 7, Griezmann 8 (Subs: Molina 7, Riquelme 7, Baeiros 6, Depe 6, Savić N/A, Saúl N/A)

Real Madrid: Lunin 7, Mendy 6, Nacho 6, Rudiger 6, Carvajal 6, Valverde 6, Camavinga 6, Modric 6, Bale 8, Vinícius 6, Rodrigo 6 (Subs: Kroos 7, Diaz 6, Chust 6, Joselu 7, Garcia 6, Asensio 6)

Key Moments:

  • 12′ – Bale Breaks the Deadlock! – A magical goal by Judd Baleingham! He infiltrated the penalty area, evaded a attempt to clear the crossbar, and slipped the ball past Vrsaljko’s legs, leaving Oblak with no chance. Atletico Woodwork thanks you!
  • 20′ – Outstanding Save by Oblak! – Jan Oblak is ready for two spectacular saves, one from a Slovenia and a straight comeback to stop Rodrigo. The Slovenian goalkeeper did a fantastic job maintaining the level of play.
  • 39′ – Goal! Atletico Madrid 1-0 Real Madrid (Samuel Lino) – The host team took the lead in Copa del Rey! De Paul’s clipped ball was sent into the path of Samuel Lino by Rudiger, who, with the fastest reaction, chipped the ball past Lunin.
  • 45′ – Goal! Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Madrid (Own Goal) – Luka Modric sent a free-kick, Oblak came for it, and a mix-up happened, leading to the ball going into the net!
  • 58′ – Goal! Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid (Morata) – Diego Simeone’s team took the lead for the first time tonight! Due to a dreadful mix-up between Lunin and Rudiger at the back, the ball fell to Morata, who was not going to miss from there and put his team ahead.
  • 75′ – Rodrigo Strikes the Crossbar! – Real Madrid inches away from equalizing! Rodrigo’s attempt hits the body of Real Madrid and bounces off the crossbar.
  • 82′ – Goal! Atletico Madrid 2-2 Real Madrid (Joselu) – Real levels the score! Jude Bellingham sent a brilliant ball beyond the goal, and Joselu was quick to advance towards the goal after a few moments.
  • 119′ – Goal! Atletico Madrid 4-2 Real Madrid (Rodrigo Riquelme) – Thanks to Rodrigo Riquelme’s goal, Atletico Madrid has secured their place in the quarter-finals of Copa del Rey! Memphis Depay fed the 23-year-old, who confidently finished past Lunin.

In La Liga, Atletico might be trailing their city rivals by 10 points, but tonight they secured their second victory in three attempts against their rivals, reaching the quarter-finals of Copa del Rey.

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