Copa del Rey: Guijuelo 0 – 6 Atlético

Carrasco at the double as rojiblancos get cup campaign off to a winning start

Fringe players on form in win over Guijuelo

Fringe players on form in win over Guijuelo

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?

  • Karlp

    I still think Gaitan will be good as a number 10. He has a good vision for key passes and has a good dribble to break the line. If we play 4-3-3 again when attacking, would like to see him as 1 of the midfield 3 with either Gabi/Tiago/Koke/Saul/Tomas as the other 2.

    Correa has improved his game as a whole (dribble, passes) while being played in deeper role / winger for the past months. Though I think his best position is still CF.

    Carrasco is on fire. Still a bit awkward as a target man (including his header), especially when we play in high line, but can improve it.

  • Koke

    Shameful dive by Carrasco. Hopefully we don’t see that again. I’m glad that we ended up winning by so much since now that penalty goal doesn’t really count for much, but credit to Guijuelo for playing so well.

    On a more positive note, I’m really happy to see Carrasco scoring goals for fun now. I never really thought he would be able to play in the box but he’s developing that side of his game clearly… will he ever turn into a Griezmann type poacher? Simeone could certainly try to make it happen…

    If Gaitan doesn’t get more game time after this match I’m going to lose my mind. Yes, I know these guys aren’t the toughest opponents, but every pass and dribble Gaitan does is class. He destroyed our defense last year at Benifica in a way that few if any other individual players had before. He’s starting to seem like an Argentine Kaka to me. I think he should get games as a CAM behind GGC and in front of Koke and Gabi/Tiago.

    Similarly, Correa had an awesome game today. He really stepped up and played a big role. Hope to see more of this type of play from him. I know he seems really on and off sometimes but I do think that the kid deserves more minutes.

    I really liked what I saw from Thomas today. He’s another that deserves more minutes. Same with Vrsaljko – what a goal. Lucas is a great player – maybe not the best attacking LB but he gets the job done. And who’s this Caio kid? He seems pretty promising…

  • Karlp

    exactly, always think Gaitan would be good in a more central role (no. 10 or AM in midfield 3).