Copa del Rey: Sant Andreu 0 – 4 Atlético
Rojiblancos take big step towards next round of the King's Cup
Defending champions Atlético Madrid have started their 2013-2014 Copa del Rey campaign with a comfortable victory over Sant Andreu.
In the first leg of the round of 32 the Rojiblancos beat their hosts 4-0 due to goals by Raúl García, David Villa and a brace by Arda Turan.
Raúl García, who captained the side in the absence of the suspended Gabi, opened the scoring after just 13 minutes when he volleyed in a cross from Filipe.
A few minutes later Arda Turan made the most of an assist by our other wing back. Javi Manquillo received a ball over the top from Koke and found Arda inside the box, who was able to easily convert from close range.
Atleti completely dominated the game and seemed to expand their lead through Adrián, but Perfect 7 first saw his shot blocked and later hit the side netting. Despite not bagging a goal Adri did show more signs that the form of his spectacular Europa League campaign of 2012 is slowly returning.
Tiago shot wide just before the break while Sant Andreu goalkeeper Morales did very well to deny Javi Manquillo at the start of the second half.
Morales had no chance in the 57th minute when Adrián, Arda Turan and Raúl García turned and twisted their way through the box. Arda turned on a dime to beat the entire Catalan defence and slotted the ball past Morales to put Atleti three up. With the goal the Turk tied his 5 goal tally of last season.
After an hour of play Sant Andreu nearly equalized when they hit the crossbar with a header from a few yards out. In the rebound Aranzubia tipped a bicycle kick over the bar, which led to a new corner which again required our backup ‘keeper to respond to an attempt from close range.
Simeone brought on his star duo David Villa and Diego Costa to close out the game and the latter came within inches of scoring after connecting with a perfect cross from Manquillo. Some moments later Costa again missed by a hair after Adrián had slipped him the ball.
Five minutes before the end David Villa played a one-two with Costa and sliced through the defence. The Asturian striker, with some luck involved, went past Morales and slid the ball into the empty net to make it four.
Atlético and Sant Andreu will play the return leg at the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday the 18th of December.
|Raúl García 13'|
|Arda Turan 20'|
|Arda Turan 59'|
|Copa del Rey|
|Camp Municipal Narcís Sala|
|07 December 2013|
|Óliver Torres (64')|
|Arda Turan (79')|
|Raúl García (71')|
|Diego Costa (71')|