Even if Atlético quickly took the lead after just 20 minutes. It was a lethargic star. Both teams acted very differently in his final 20 minutes of regulation. The trigger, as the score indicates, was Rodrigo’s substitution. Real were a completely different force on the field than he was. Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jr. scored twice in extra time. They were crucial to advancing to the next round. Overtime was done at a great pace.
The first half ends after a tough, physical battle in which the guests have a clear advantage. Real Madrid had a very difficult first 45 minutes. They were completely disorganized on offense and scattered defensively. The injury situation worsened with the departure of Ferland Mendy. Teams were forced to use players in difficult places. With a one point lead, Atlético Madrid look pretty relaxed and mostly dominate the game. They will occasionally move forward and attack over a wide area. They are also happy to endure periods of pressure. Real Madrid’s right wing was terrible, and Fede Valverde’s poor play played a big part in that.
Real Madrid suffered at the half-time of the Copa del Rey quarter-final. The first half of the game was stopped by rivals in the neighborhood. Atlético Madrid took the lead with a goal from Alvaro Morata, and it felt like a long time coming for the Bernabéu hosts, who had little to celebrate at half-time.
Late game experts Karim Benzema and Rodrigo came on board to provide vital firepower. First, the young Brazilian delivered a moment of genius as he scored his spectacular solo goal to force extra time.
Then it was Benzema’s turn to save the day. The Frenchman gave Madrid a decisive lead in extra time. As he has done so many times before, there was no turning back for visitors. This has been made possible by the recent man advantage with the dismissal of Sefan Savic.
Vinicius Jr. came out on top, winning the match with the game’s final kick to put a satisfying cap on a trying day for him. Atletico Madrid supporters made a racist gesture after the game by hanging a mannequin sporting his jersey from a nearby overpass.
Real Madrid regret losing Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo to injury. Still, the win is great for them to reach the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey and continue their LaLiga championship challenge. Atlético Madrid, on the other hand, have little to gain from this defeat as they are already out of European play and are well behind in the league standings.