Copa del Rey: Eibar 2 – 2 Atlético

Rojiblancos reach the semi-finals but defending causes concern once again

Pedro León was a menace to the Atleti defence

Pedro León was a menace to the Atleti defence

As expected, Atlético Madrid qualified for the Copa del Rey semi-finals on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw at Eibar, goals from José Giménez and Juanfran ensuring a 5-2 aggregate win.

Simeone decided to rotate after winning the first leg 3-0 a week ago, but despite the passage, he will be disappointed by some of his team’s defending as they let in two cheap goals before equalising late on.

With Antoine Griezmann rested, the likes of Kevin Gameiro, Fernando Torres and Ángel Correa were all given the chance to starting in attack as Cholo chased the away goal.

Despite all of the attacking talent on show, Atleti struggled to create chances in what was a fairly uneventful first half. The cohesion in the forwardline was lacking, perhaps understandable given they have never played together before.

The visitors threatened on a few occasions, but the best chance of the half came through Eibar’s Josué, who’s well struck volley forced Moyá into a smart save.

Gameiro had Atleti’s best chance, but couldn’t find the target at the front post after reaching a low cross. The Frenchman was withdrawn just past the hour mark in what was another disappointing outing.

The breakthrough finally came just after half-time through an unlikely source, as José Giménez rose highest to head home his first goal of the season from a Nico Gaitán corner.

After a spell out of the team, the Uruguayan has impressed during the chances he has been given lately, giving Simeone a difficult decision as towards his starting centre-backs for the rest of the season.

Ángel Correa should’ve made it 2-0 midway through the half, but after doing all the hard work he was thwarted by Eibar ‘keeper Yoel, who saved well from the 1-on-1.

His wastefulness was soon punished by the home side, who equalised and then took the lead on the night through a couple of manager José Mendilibar’s second half substitutes.

Less than a minute after coming on, Pedro León was afforded time and space to run through on goal and hit the post, which allowed Sergi Enrich to tap home the rebound.

León then turned goalscorer seven minutes later, volleying into the bottom corner with a shot that caught Moyá off-guard, putting Eibar 2-1 ahead on the evening.

Thankfully, the away goal meant that Atleti could rest easily despite some worrying defending, and managed to avoid defeat in the closing stages as Juanfran scored a well worked equaliser.

The winger has been in good goalscoring form recently having scored 3 goals in the last month, and ran onto an excellent lofted pass from Gabi to beat Yoel with a lovely dinked effort.

Player ratings:  Moyá 5, Juanfran 6, Giménez 7, Savic 6, Lucas 6, Gabi 7 (MOTM), Saúl 6, Gaitán 6, Correa 6, Torres 5, Gameiro 5. Subs: Koke 5, Carrasco 5, Vrsaljko N/A.


  • Nick Lawley

    Concerning that our three starting strikers, who had very little pressure on them, were unable to score. But hey, two matches away from the final!

  • Zinni DUDU

    Did you had also the feeling that theire were not many chances really created? Specially Torres was so busy to hold up the ball that he was missing in the dangerous area?

  • KO CESARO

    Gimenez is the man once again

  • iamfaried

    Call me old fashioned but I prefer being defensive and boast the best defence and keeper in all of Europe for 3 years in a row.

  • Kris

    And concede 2 goals against fucking Eibar?

  • Kris

    And concede 2 goals against fucking Eibar? I don’t really understand your point. I didn’t watch the match but we keep leaking goals, which is so unlike of us in the past three years. Yeah we advanced, but we also weren’t able to beat an already fucked Eibar with a starting XI as good as ours. This is definitely a cause for concern as it’s not a rarity anymore; it’s occurring very frequently.

  • Kris

    And concede 2 goals against fucking Eibar? I don’t really understand your point. I didn’t watch the match but we keep leaking goals, which is so unlike of us in the past three years. Yeah we advanced, but we also weren’t able to beat an already fucked Eibar with a starting XI as good as ours. This is definitely a cause for concern as it’s not a rarity anymore; it’s occurring very frequently…

  • Kris

    Ignore everything I wrote. We celebrate now as Real Madrid are OUT!

  • Nick Lawley

    🙂

  • Karlp

    I want to think Celta is the easier opponent, but last year both of them eliminate us from the 2 cups we’re in.

  • snᴉsɐlB

    well, i didn’t see the match, but now that i watched the match summary i think that in this case conceding those 2 goals is not the end of the world.

    these 2 goals were like FIFA or PES goals.

  • AndersAT

    The markings could have been better on both occasions.

    The problem is the general level of play (both in this kind of lineup and the more 443 type lineup). We can’t hit each other with simple passes, our pressing is way off what it used to be, the markings are loose and the creative passes is hitting no one, and if they hit some one they guy doesn’t control it.

    I don’t think this is an individual problem (Saul vs. Gaitan or something else) I think all our players are playing sub par.

    On the other hand I would not read that much into this match. This was over before it began, so I don’t blame the players for taking it easy.