Atlético Madrid have advanced to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after holding Getafe to a goalless draw.
It was only the Rojiblancos’ third tie of the season, but the second straight after dropping points against Mallorca last Sunday.
This time there were no consequences though, as Atleti held on to a 3-0 lead taken from the first of their double-legged affair with Getafe.
Atlético’s passage was never in doubt on Thursday night, especially not after a toothless Getafe side lost their captain Rafa in the 30th minute. The skipper hit Radamel Falcao just under the knees with a vicious tackle and was sent off by referee Iglesias Villaneva.
Fortunately, the hacked down Colombian was able to continue.
Shortly before and after the red card, there were chances for Raúl García, but the offensive midfielder missed the target on both occasions.
With the outcome beyond doubt, Diego Simeone brought off his star players Falcao and Arda after an hour of play. The Turk wasn’t even supposed to start but he replaced Adrián shortly before kick off as the Asturian succumbed to a stomach illness. It was one of the substitutes, Diego Costa, who had the first big opportunity of the match, but after going around goalkeeper Moyá, the striker wasn’t able to finish nor find a team-mate.
The Brazilian big man later headed wide in what was an uneventful game without much activity in front of either goal. Atlético were comfortable with their lead, while Getafe had lost all hope of a miraculous comeback after going down a man in the first half.
In the added time, Cebolla Rodríguez could have nicked the game for Atleti, but instead of going for goal he unsuccessfully tried to pass it off for one of his team-mates.
And so, after eleven consecutive wins in cup knock out matches, Atleti tied a game but still advanced. In the next round we’ll take on the winner of Real Betis vs. Las Palmas.
Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran (“81 Manquillo), Miranda, Cata Díaz, Cisma; Mario, Emre; Arda (“61 Gabi), Raúl García, Cebolla Rodríguez; and Falcao (“60 Diego Costa).