Never ever doubt Real Madrid
It was a cold night in the capital, but the Copa del Rey match between fierce city rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid was most definitely heated. From the moment a ball was kicked the Rojiblanco put on a dogged display of counter attacking football and were rightly rewarded with a goal following some lovely buildup play. It was Alvaro Morata, a former Real Madrid player who did the honors and you could tell by his celebration he relished it.
Sadly, what looked to be the makings of a historic win for the visitors, began to unravel in the second half. The first warning sign came when the other Brazilian starlet, Rodrygo, leveled the score with an outrageous solo run. At that point, it was clear Madrid were in the ascendancy, but it was Atleti who compounded their problems with an expulsion. Already on a yellow card, following a cynical challenge on Vinicius Jr., veteran defender StefanSavic took the decision to hack down Camavinga. The referee of course, wasted no time in giving the Montenegrin his marching orders and just like that, they were down to 10 men. All the visitors could do at that point, was mitigate threats as they headed for extra time. Once there, you could see where things were going as the Rojiblanco began to tire.
Indeed, it came as no surprise when Balon d’Or winner, Karim Benzema, slotted home the calmest of finishes. Indeed, by the time Vinicius Jr. contributed a classy third goal, the visiting side was spent and the semi final spot was secure. Though some will argue Atleti were unfortunate to be reduced to 10, the truth is that as much as they were able to limit Madrid, they were never truly able to impose themselves on their opponents and once again, Madrid showed why it’s never a good idea to count them out.
With that, we’d like to wish you a good night from all of us here at AS USA and we’d like to thank you joining us for our live coverage of Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Goodnight!
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