Copa del Rey: Atlético 2 – 0 Valencia
Atlético advance to quarter finals of Copa del Rey
Atlético Madrid have qualified for the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey after seeing off Valencia on Tuesday night.
Los Che had salvaged a draw the week before, but were no match for the Colchoneros at the Vicente Calderón.
Second half goals by Diego Godín and Raúl García made the difference, as Atleti made the most of their set pieces.
Diego Simeone made only two changes to the team that faced Barcelona three days prior and handed Sosa his debut. The Argentine did well in his first start, but it was the man on the opposite wing who once again showed his class with an excellent performance. Arda Turan was everywhere on the pitch and created the first opportunities of the game, for teammates Diego Costa and Raúl García.
After half an hour of play Sosa played a nice ball in to Diego Costa, whose shot only missed the goal because of a minor deflection. At the other end Valencia mostly tried their luck from distance, on one occasion nearly leading to a goal when Juan Bernat forced Thibaut Courtois to a save.
In the 52nd minute Atlético controversially earned a corner for a Godín header, but replays seemed to suggest ‘keeper Vicente Guaita never got a hand on it. The ensuing corner kick was then headed in by the same Godín, who scored after another howler by Guaita, who had already cost his team a goal in the first leg at the Mestalla.
It was Godín’s third goal of the season and the Uruguayan – like Arda and Raúl García – has now scored in all three competitions. Gabi, who delivered the corner kick, notched his 9th assist of the season, tying Koke’s team high.
Valencia needed a goal to tie things up and Pizzi brought on a second striker by introducing Paco Alcácer, who could have done his coach a huge favor had he not failed to control a Barragán cross from the right side.
A few moments later Thibaut Courtois demonstrated once again why he is once of the top goalkeepers around by denying Valencia with two saves in the spaces of thirty seconds. He first blocked Hélder Postiga before swatting away Míchel’s attempt.
In the 70th minute Diego Costa missed an incredible chance to double our lead, but the striker couldn’t get his header on target. The Brazilian worked tirelessly but was unfortunate with his finishing and remained without a goal in 2014.
The visitors escaped when Raúl García hit the post with a drive from outside the box after Sosa rifled a cross towards RG8.
A late push by Valencia was expected to send the game to extra time, but instead Atlético dominated the final minutes of the game. First Cebolla fired a shot at goal and a minute later Atleti earned another corner, which was headed in by Raúl García. The midfielder scored his second goal in seven days against Valencia and now has twelve goals on the season.
The game ended with a red card for the frustrated Dani Parejo and with another miss by Costa. Atleti can now look ahead to the quarter final in which they will face one of Athletic Club and Real Betis.
|Raúl García 90'|
|Copa del Rey|
|Estadio Vicente Calderón|
|14 January 2014|
|C. Rodríguez (82')|