Copa del Rey: Atlético 1 – 0 Athletic
Diego Godín gives Atlético lead in Copa quarters
Atlético Madrid will go into the return leg of the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 advantage over Athletic Club after a Diego Godín goal separated the sides on Thursday night.
The Uruguayan powerfully headed a Koke cross past former Atlético B-goalie Iago Herrerín and was key in shutting out the Basques for the 4th consecutive time in their visits of Cholo Castle.
Koke’s deliveries were extremely dangerous all night. The young midfielder is able of putting his corner kicks close to the goal line without giving the goalkeeper a chance, but on multiple occasions none of his teammates were able to connect with one of Koke’s curlers.
Athletic Club have been in fine form as of late and enjoyed most of the possession at the Vicente Calderón, which lead to a huge opportunity for Ánder Herrera after just ten minutes, but the playmaker’s wild strike was off target.
A few moments later Ibai Gómez hit the side netting, while at the other end Iago Herrerín had to stretch to keep Diego Costa from scoring. The ‘keeper again came out victorious when taking on another Atleti forward, this time denying Adrián in a 1-on-1 situation.
Shortly before the break Athletic tried to clear a corner, but through Juanfran the ball ended up back with Koke on the right wing. The Spain international, who again played as a holding midfielder in Simeone’s formation, delivered a perfect cross to Diego Godín, who headed home with an unstoppable strike which gave Iago no chance.
The second half wasn’t as eventful, despite the introductions of Gabi, Arda and David Villa, who Cholo initially had kept on the bench to rest their legs. Athletic continued to play the ball around without creating any chances other than strikes by De Marcos and Mikel Rico from far out.
In the added time of the game, Atleti’s other centre back nearly doubled our lead which surely would’ve decided the quarter final clash. But Toby Alderweireld’s shot went wide as the game finished 1-0, a result both teams will take into the next game which is played next Wednesday at 20.00 CET in Bilbao.
|Copa del Rey|
|Estadio Vicente Calderón|
|23 January 2014|
|C. Rodríguez (78')|
|Ander Herrera (82')|
|Kike Sola (61')|
|Ibai Gómez (46')|