Copa del Rey: Atlético 2 – 1 Sant Andreu
Atleti through to the round of 16 after salvaging perfect home record
The night was set up to be Adrian´s night, with the announcement of his contract extension the evening before and what was expected to be an easy match against modest Sant Andreu.
However, the Asturian did not make the most of the game, which ended up being somewhat of a nightmare for him. Nothing went his way.
‘Cholo’ presented the following 11 players for the match against the Catalan side: Aranzubia, Manquillo, Alderweireld, Giménez, Insua, Carlos Ramos, Guilavogui, Cebolla, Oliver, Adrián and Léo Baptistao.
The match started off well for the Rojiblancos. Cebolla, the captain of the match, made a brilliant run into the box, but managed to sky his shot over. Replays show that the shot may have in fact been blocked by the Sant Andreu keeper.
Along came the 14th minute and Ibón placed his free kick directly to the bottom right of Aranzubia’s post, the rebound landed directly to Carroza who pushed the ball in and celebrated wildly. The players pointed to the Sant Andreu fans that had made the trek from just outside Barcelona to Madrid. If our math is correct, we counted more Sant Andreu fans in attendance than the infamous Marea Azul Getafe supporter group that graced the Calderón with their presence last month.
Chants such as “Sant Andreu is Spanish” could be heard throughout the stadium, most likely as a response to the anti-Spain and anti-Diego Costa chants heard in the previous leg.
Giménez scored a goal in the 25th minute, but the linesman ruled it offside.
In the 28th minute, Adrián was taken down by goalkeeper Morales. The spotlight was on our No. 7, the man with the new contract. He prepared his shot, managed to send the keeper the other way, but skied it over Ramos-esque. So far, the three penalties that Adrián has missed have not been due to good goalkeeping, but to terrible placement.
It wasn’t his night.
The half ended with a few more good chances for Atleti, but Sant Andreu managed to contain the Atlético offensive front.
The second half kicked off, and it began worse than the first. Léo had a few chances to convert, but his shots were all aimed directly at our opponents’ goalie. Guilavogui had several shots from afar, yet none caused any danger to the Catalán goal.
In the 67th minute, Quim Araujo, the Atlético fan/Sant Andreu player was subbed off. His dream must have surely come true.
Cholo wanted more control in the midfield, and Gabi was the man for the job, replacing Carlos Ramos. The substitution happened immediately after Francis from Sant Andreu misplaced his shot on a one-on-one with Aranzubia.
Baptistão is taken off in the 77th minute for canterano Héctor, who was making his debut for his lifelong favourite club.
It took Héctor two minutes to score his first goal. He was ecstatic, celebrating by kissing the crest until eventually falling on the floor. It was quite a night for the youngster–one he will surely never forget.
Óliver, arguably the best player on pitch, got to test Morales in the 90th minute after some great maneuvering in the area. The score remained 1-1 and it was sure to end that way. That was, until Alderweireld had something to say about it.
In the 93rd minute, Gabi crossed in a free kick and Toby headed it home for the last gasp triumph.
‘Cholo Castle’ cannot be beaten.
|Héctor 78||Carroza 15|
|Copa del Rey|
|18 December 2013|