Atlético Madrid’s Victory Parade: A Rollercoaster Ride of Goals, Drama, and Redemption

January 18, 2024

Madrid: In a captivating Copa del Rey last 16 clash on January 18, 2024, Atlético Madrid triumphed over arch-rivals Real Madrid with an electrifying scoreline of 4-2 at the Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano in Madrid.

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Atletico Madrid players celebrate after scoring a goal against Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey. ESPN

Key Moments

Atlético Madrid’s Samuel Lino opened the scoring from close range, but Real Madrid swiftly retaliated. In an unexpected turn, Atlético’s goalkeeper Jan Oblak accidentally redirected Luka Modric’s free-kick into his own net. The second half saw Alvaro Morata putting Atlético Madrid in the lead once again, only for Real Madrid’s Joselu to level the scores with a header from Jude Bellingham’s cross.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

12’ BELLINGHAM SMASHES THE CROSSBAR! – That was almost a magical goal from Jude Bellingham. He burst into the penalty area, slipping the ball through Witsel’s legs before smashing an effort off the crossbar. Oblak had absolutely no chance with that one and Atletico will be thanking the woodwork.

20’ OUTSTANDING SAVES FROM OBLAK! – Jan Oblak is on hand to make two brilliant saves, one from a deflection and he is straight back up to deny Rodrygo at the near-post. Superb work from the Slovenian keeper to keep the game level.

39’ GOAL!!! ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 REAL MADRID (SAMUEL LINO) – The hosts have struck first in the Copa del Rey! De Paul’s clipped ball over the top is headed by Rudiger into the path of Samuel Lino who reacted quickest to fire home past Lunin.

45’ GOAL!!! ATLETICO MADRID 1-1 REAL MADRID (OWN GOAL) – Luka Modric sends in a free kick, Oblak comes for it and there is a mix up and the ball ends up in the back of the net!

58’ GOAL!!! ATLETICO MADRID 2-1 REAL MADRID (MORATA) Diego Simeone’s side have taken the lead for the first time tonight! A horrendous mix up at the back between Lunin and Rudiger leads to the ball falling to Morata who wasn’t going to miss an empty net from there and fires his side ahead.

75’ RODRYGO STRIKES THE CROSSBAR! – Real Madrid come inches away from an equaliser! Rodrygo’s poked effort deflects up off a Real Madrid body and onto the crossbar.

82’ GOAL!!! ATLETICO MADRID 2-2 REAL MADRID (JOSELU) – Real have equalised! Judge Bellingham fires a great ball across goal to the back post and Joselu is on hand to head home just moments after coming on!

119’ GOAL!!! ATLETICO MADRID 4-2 REAL MADRID – Atletico Madrid have booked their spot in the quarter final of the Copa del Rey thanks to a goal from Rodrigo Riquelme! Memphis Depay fed the 23-year-old who stroked it confidently past Lunin.

Reflections

This intense matchup marked the second thrilling cup clash between the two powerhouses in just eight days. Atlético Madrid’s triumph, coming after a 5-3 defeat in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final the previous week, served as sweet revenge and showcased their resilience. The teams are set to resume league action, with Real Madrid hosting Almeria and Atlético Madrid visiting Granada.

KEY STAT

Real Madrid have lost just two games in all competitions this season, both to Atletico Madrid.

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