Atlético Madrid were 6-0 winners over Segunda B side Guijuelo on Wednesday night, all but booking their place in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey with a handsome first leg victory.
Yannick Carrasco continued his good goalscoring form with a double, with Saúl Ñíguez, Sime Vrsaljko, Ángel Correa and debutant Roberto Núñez also on target at the Estadio Helmántico.
Before the match, both teams paid their respects to the 76 victims of the Chapecoense air crash in Colombia yesterday morning with a minute’s silence.
On the pitch it was Carrasco making headlines, but not necessarily for the right reasons. He won the penalty for the opening goal with a shameful dive that everybody in the stadium other than the referee seemed to spot.
The Belgian threw himself to the ground despite Guijuelo defender Héctor Martínez not coming close to making contact with him, prompting Undiano Mallenco to point to the spot.
Saúl stepped up to convert in confident fashion, and Sime Vrsaljko scored a second just before the break with a superb first time volley from Thomas Partey’s diagonal ball over the top.
Atleti turned on the style after the break, Carrasco scoring a quickfire double to take his tally to the season to 10 – double his total for the whole of last season. He is now our top scorer in all competitions.
Ángel Correa created the first as he played in his striker partner to slot home, and moments later the Belgian was there again to slot home Saúl’s low cross from close range.
Lucas then turned provider for Correa, who finished in similar fashion to Carrasco with an easy tap-in past goalkeeper Royo, who made a string of fine saves during the match despite all the goals conceded.
Substitute Roberto ‘Rober’ Núñez completed the scoring late on with a debut goal, controlling and side-footing home in style from Vrsaljko’s cross.
He was one of four to make their Atleti first team bows, Brazilian midfielder Caio Henrique starting the match and impressing, and fellow B-team players Juan Moreno and Roberto Olabe also coming on from the bench.
Olabe only joined the squad this morning, replacing Keidi after it was revealed the Albanian midfielder had to serve a suspension for a red card picked up in the Under-18 Copa del Rey last season.
Thankfully, the error was spotted in time to avoid a repeat of the Real Madrid-Cheryshev situation from last season, and Atleti were able to see out the job in a professional manner – Carrasco’s dive aside.
Guijuelo will get the chance to play in the Vicente Calderón for the first and last ever time on December 20th, before both teams go off for their Christmas breaks.
Did you watch the match? Which of the fringe players impressed you most?