Copa del Rey: Atlético 0 – 2 Real Madrid
Two early Ronaldo penalties see Real past Atlético
Real Madrid confirmed their passage to the final of the Copa del Rey with a 2-0 victory over the reigning champions.
After the 3-0 score at the Santiago Bernabeú, the result was more than enough to qualify for the cup final, in which Real will face one of FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad.
The return leg at the Vicente Calderón was decided after only a quarter-hour when Cristiano Ronaldo had already completed a brace. The Portuguese winger twice converted from the penalty spot.
In the 7th minute Javi Manquillo tripped Ronaldo inside the box – a foul nearly identical to the penalty the youngster conceded at Rayo. And a few moments after the opening goal, it was Emiliano Insúa who brought Gareth Bale down inside the area to concede a second penalty.
In between the goals, Atleti nearly equalized when Raúl García’s blast came back off the post, while Ronaldo missed a header to complete his hat-trick.
Real Madrid, unlike Atleti, had started with their strongest available eleven, but took their foot off the gas after the early goals. Shortly before the break Cebolla Rodríguez shot wide, but other than that the derby was a dull affair.
In the final minute of the half Javi Manquillo took a nasty tumble when he was brought off balance by Ronaldo in mid-air, collapsing his entire body on his neck. The right back was brought to the hospital at half time where he was diagnosed with a cervical sprain, but thankfully he appears to be okay.
Little happened in the second half, but Aranzubia did show to be a capable stand-in for Courtois by stopping a Bale free kick and later denying Cristiano Ronaldo from close range.
At the other end Mario Suárez headed just wide and record breaking Iker Casillas pulled off a great save to deflect José Sosa’s fantastic strike, as the Real Madrid goalkeeper continued his unbeaten streak against Atleti. Meanwhile the Rojiblancos have now lost three consecutive games in which they’ve failed to score.
|Ronaldo p.k. 7'|
|Ronaldo p.k. 16'|
|Copa del Rey|
|Estadio Vicente Calderón|
|11 February 2014|
|Raúl García (61')|