King’s Cup: Real Madrid topples Atlético de Madrid in the derby and qualifies for the semi-finals!

For the quarterfinals of the Spanish Cup or King’s Cup, Real Madrid has reversed Atlético de Madrid after extra time (3-1). The Madrilenians qualify for the semi-finals of the competition.

After the victory of Barcelona, Osasuna and Bilbao in the first quarter-finals of the Spanish Cup, the only thing missing was to know the last club of the final four and therefore the winner of this attractive derby between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid. At the Santiago Bernabeu, Carlo Ancelotti decided to line up the classic with the presence of Karim Benzema, Eduardo Camavinga or Ferland Mendy behind. On the Colchoneros side, we found Antoine Griezmann in his new role of relay in the middle, but also Thomas Lemar in the left flank.

In a rather interesting match, both teams were very technically applied. Real Madrid disappointed and could not disturb a very serious and hard-working Atletico team. Diego Simeone’s men even opened the score after a wonderful collective action. After several one-touch passes, Koke served Molina who crossed perfectly for Morata who just had to push the ball into the net (19th). Real Madrid also lost Ferland Mendy to injury. Camavinga was forced to take his place as a left-back, while Ceballos came on to reverse the trend.

Rodrygo Goes, Benzema as savior

After the second half, Karim Benzema’s teammates showed a completely different face. Luka Modric took the game to his account, Eder Militao constantly proposed in the right flank and made Reinildo suffer. Despite their domination, Real Madrid could not break the lock of Atletico who held on. Karim Benzema saw his shot perfectly pushed away by an imperious Jan Oblak (58th). The Frenchman also missed the equalizer afterwards. He failed to cut out Valverde’s errant cross. After a while, Atletico Madrid started to take control of the game and even thought of killing the game on a lightning counter-attack started by a bad pass from Benzema. But neither Koke nor Witsel could find the frame.

So we thought that the Colchoneros would put Real Madrid to sleep and punish them at the end of the game. But it was without counting on the talent of Rodrygo Goes, just entered in the game. The Brazilian went alone, like a great man, to equalize. After having eliminated 3 defenders, he placed a delicious outside foot out of reach of Oblak (80th) and thus offered the extra time to his team. In these extra 30 minutes, Atletico Madrid was reduced to 10 men after Savic was sent off (100th). In numerical superiority, Real Madrid quickly took advantage of it and saw as often his savior Karim Benzema find the fault and give the advantage to his team (105th). An advantage that the White House will keep until the end of the game despite some attacks of Atletico. Vinicius Jr. even scored the breakthrough goal in the last seconds, taking advantage of a Madrid defense at a standstill (3-1, 120th). Real thus joined the last four of the competition that it has not won for 8 years.

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