It’s been a long month for Atlético Madrid fans after defeat in the Champions League final, but fans had reason to smile this morning thanks to two enthralling cup successes.
Our women’s team overcame Barcelona in the final of the Copa de la Reina to win 3-2, and Juvenil A came from 3-1 down to claim the youth version of the Copa del Rey in extra-time against Real Madrid.
We were made to try and juggle watching both matches at the same time given they had the same kick-off time, but it was more than worth it as both teams dug deep and came out on top to end their respective seasons on a high.
After sealing a place in the final on Friday courtesy of Sonia Bermúdez’s wonder goal, our Féminas side raced into an early lead in Las Rozas and were 3-0 up against Barcelona by half-time.
Barça cut the defecit after the break to set up a nervy last twenty minutes or so, but first half goals from Ángela Sosa, Silvia Meseguer and Esther González were enough in an eventual 3-2 win.
It was the first time ever that our Féminas have won the Copa de la Reina, having finished 3rd in the women’s Primera División and reached the Champions League last 16 earlier in the season.
— Atleti Féminas (@AtletiFeminas) June 26, 2016
Over in Mallorca, our under-19 side were looking to add to their league win with a cup triumph of their own, and were handed the perfect start when Zaka opened the scoring early on.
However, Real Madrid responded emphatically and were 3-1 up within eight minutes, Mario scoring twice after García’s equaliser.
Atleti could’ve let their heads drop, but they fought back after half-time and turned the final on it’s head, hitting back not long after the restart through Spanish youth international Toni Moyá.
It was starting to look as if Madrid would hold on, but with just seven minutes on the clock, the rojiblancos forced extra-time as the impressive Moyá found the net once more to make it 3-3.
The momentum was now with Atleti, and they went on to win the match with a breathtaking goal from an unlikely source, a finish worthy of winning any final from Colombian right-back Andrés Solano.
After a ball into the box was cleared, it fell to Solano who saw Madrid ‘keeper Luca Zidane off his line and went for goal, finding the top corner with a beautiful lob that left the Frenchman stranded.
— Yohan Goudeau (@Yohan_GY) June 26, 2016
The youngsters held on and lifted the Copa del Rey for the first time since 1958, capping a great day for the club and completing a doblete of their own, making cantera history in the process.
Although it may not quite heal the heartbreak of Milan, seeing both teams defend the red and white shirt with such spirit and passion this morning will bring a great sense of pride to Atleti fans.
Did you watch either of the finals? Any future stars we should look out for?