Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior’s additional time targets have been sufficient for Actual Madrid fend off a ten man Atletico Madrid of their Copa del Rey quarter-final conflict.
Atleti had taken an early lead by way of Alvaro Morata earlier than targets from Rodrygo within the last 10 minutes took the sport to additional time, after which Benzema’s 104th minute aim and Vinicius’ 121st minute aim sealed the win.
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After a midfield battle that lasted a strong 18 minutes, Atletico Madrid discovered a means into the ultimate third and into the lead because of Morata. Some poor defending from Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga – each of whom have been ball-watching – within the left-back space allowed Koke to clip the ball by way of to an unmarked Nahuel Molina who was in a position to move the ball throughout aim to the toes of Morata, who subsequently tapped house.
Eder Militao actually ought to have drawn his facet degree 10 minutes later when offered with a possibility to go the house ball into an empty web from about two yards…which he wasn’t in a position to take. A vicious set piece supply from the fitting courtesy of Toni Kroos gifted Militao this opportunity, however after Jan Oblak flapped on the ball the Brazilian may solely head over the crossbar.
Los Blancos started to push ahead with rather more conviction within the second half, with a Nacho Fernandez low, drilled, cross into the field nearly being bundled in by Karim Benzema. The French ahead then compelled Oblak into his first save of the sport shortly after, seeing his well-struck effort from the sting of the field saved by the Atleti primary.
On the different finish of the pitch, Courtois was compelled into his first actual motion of the sport (bar selecting the ball out of his web) within the 72nd minute by an Antoine Griezmann free-kick. Griezmann struck properly, however Courtois was equal to it and palmed the ball over the crossbar.
Actual Madrid would lastly discover a breakthrough within the 79th minute by way of a second of magic from Rodrygo. The substitute brilliantly jinked previous three gamers on his means into the penalty space, earlier than side-footing previous Oblak. A second of significant high quality from the teen to say the very least.
Earlier than the ultimate whistle, Griezmann would spurn a wonderful likelihood to win the sport for his facet. After a number of fortunate ricochets on the sting of the field the ball spurted into the trail of Griezmann within the penalty space. Regardless of having time to take a contact and decide his spot nevertheless, the French ahead ballooned his effort properly over the crossbar.
The house facet would take an actual stranglehold on the sport in additional time, not often permitting Atleti any time on the ball exterior of their very own defensive third. That strain would lead in Stefan Savic receiving a second yellow card for a relatively clumsy sliding deal with on Camavinga.
Moments after happening to 10 males, Diego Simeone’s facet nearly went a aim down too. This time it was Antonio Rudiger who’d fluff his traces, heading broad of the publish when utterly unmarked within the Atletico field.
Within the 102nd minute, Actual Madrid would take the lead. The aim would come from Ballon d’Or holder Benzema, who sweep house from the left hand facet of the penalty space.
Vincius Junior would then seal the win with a 121st minute aim, side-footing previous Oblak after ghosting previous a number of Atleti gamers.
GK – Thibaut Courtois – 5/10 – He made one save? Did not a lot to do aside from decide the ball out of his web.
RB – Nacho Fernandez – 6/10 – Bought up and down properly all night.
CB – Antonio Rudiger – 5/10 – An okay efficiency. Missed a terrific likelihood in additional time.
CB – Eder Militao – 4/10 – Missed an empty web from two yards out.
LB – Ferland Mendy – 3/10 – Nowhere to be seen when Molina popped up with the ball unmarked on the fitting of Actual Madrid’s penalty space within the lead as much as the opener. He then went off injured within the forty third minute.
CM – Luka Modric – 6/10 – Struggled within the first half however wrestled again management of the midfield within the second.
CM – Eduardo Camavinga – 6/10 – Fell asleep within the lead as much as the primary aim. Seemed significantly better when shifted to left-back.
CM – Toni Kroos – 4/10 – Lacked the legs to compete with Atleti’s midfield.
RW – Federico Valverde – 3/10 – A surprisingly meh efficiency from Valverde. He did not actually do something.
ST – Karim Benzema – 8/10 – Got here up huge for Actual Madrid once more together with his additional time aim.
LW – Vinicius Junior – 8/10 – Bought his aim and was typically good all night.
SUB – Dani Ceballos – 6/10 – Tidy in possession and added some much-needed legs within the Madrid midfield.
SUB – Rodrygo – 8/10 – Scored among the best targets you will see all season. Sensible stuff.
SUB – Marco Asensio – 7/10 – Significantly better than Valverde on the fitting of Madrid’s attacking three.
SUB – Mario Martin – N/A.
SUB – Alvaro Odriozola – N/A.