Copa del Rey: Real Betis 1 – 1 Atlético
Atlético Madrid have qualified for the semi finals of the Copa del Rey in which they’ll face Sevilla next Thursday.
The first match is to be played at the Vicente Calderón.
The Rojiblancos advanced to the next round after holding Betis to a 1-1 draw, which was more than enough after the 2-0 victory from the first leg.
For most of the match Betis was the upper side, but the 4th team in La Liga struggled because of their lack of scoring ability. They finally struck in the 90th minute after a dubious call by Clos Gómez, but Molina’s goal came too late after Diego Costa had already decided the two legged tie earlier on.
At the end of the first half Atlético finally got out on a quick break. Adrián López and Diego Costa combined but their hard work resulted in a poor attempt from the Spanish forward.
Betis were the stronger side at the Benito Villamarín but missed precision in the final third and weren’t able to turn their possession into opportunities. Atlético were forced to foul Betis’ tricky wingers and picked up six bookings in total, but managed to keep the Andalusians away from Courtois’ goal.
Despite their strong efforts Betis threw it all away after a gigantic mishap just seconds before the break. Miscommunication between centre back Amaya and Casto allowed Diego Costa to pick up the ball and place it into Betis’ abandoned goal.
It was the Brazilian’s 8th goal of the season and his first of 2013.
At the start of the second half Arda Turan came close to increasing our lead, but Casto did well to block the Turk’s low shot.
Pepe Mel made a double substitution and tried to turn things around, but the Verdiblancos were without believe after continuously running into Cholo’s defensive wall. Atlético let Betis have the ball, but controlled the game even without possession and frustrated Mel’s men.
Betis did get the goal they were looking for at the very end, but they fell way short of the 4 goals they needed after Diego Costa’s away goal. Referee Clos Gómez pointed to the spot after he thought Diego Godín jumped Jorge Molina in the back, although replays showed there was very little to suggest the Uruguayan fouled his opponent.
Molina himself stepped up and converted the penalty kick, which ended Thibaut Courtois’ club record of going 629 minutes without conceding a goal in the Copa del Rey.
Line-up: Courtois; Manquillo, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Koke, Gabi (“55 Emre), Mario, Arda (“74 Raúl García); Adrián and Diego Costa (“63 Rodríguez).
Goals: 0-1 Diego Costa (“45); 1-1 Molina p.k. (“90)