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Played
January 18, 2013 8:00 AM EST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
 
23′ Filipe Luis
 
Top of the Match
Diego Costa
Diego Costa
Atletico Madrid
Radamel Falcao
Radamel Falcao
Atletico Madrid
Flop of the Match
Rubén Castro
Rubén Castro
Betis
Casto
Casto
Betis

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Betis: Falcao & Filipe Luis help hosts edge Copa clash

Two first-half goals helped los Colchoneros go into the second leg of the quarter-final with a healthy cushion and a clean sheet at the Vicente Calderon on Thursday night

By Miles Chambers

Falcao
Total conociertos
Atletico Madrid put one foot in the Copa del Rey semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Betis in their quarter-final, first leg clash.

Radamel Falcao opened the scoring early on before Filipe Luis doubled the home side's advantage midway through the first 45 minutes, and a fine performance from on-loan goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois ensured that the score remained that way for the rest of the match.

The hosts named a very strong side for what might be their best chance of lifting silverware this season. Star striker Falcao propelled Atletico to a perfect start, too, as Raul Garcia's whipped cross was thumped into the back of the net by the former Porto forward.

On 23 minutes, after a quiet spell at the Vicente Calderon, Filipe Luis sparked the stadium back into life with a powerful finish, punishing the visitors for failing to clear a Mario Suarez free kick.

Courtois, on loan from Chelsea for a second consecutive campaign, was on hand to deny the visitors any sniff of a comeback. On 30 minutes he pulled off a wonderful double-save to deny Betis a route back into the clash.

And, after an impressive first half, the goalkeeper blocked superbly five minutes into the second half from a dangerous Jorge Molina shot inside the penalty area.

Betis enjoyed the better of the possession in the second period but were unable to convert their chances, and los Colchoneros' tight defence deserves acknowledgement for securing the cup win and keeping a clean sheet in the process.

The victor of the two-legged cup clash will face either Sevilla or Zaragoza in the semi-finals, and Diego Simeone's side will be favourites to progress after this result.


Atletico Madrid

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Diego Godín
Defender
 - 
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
23′
 - 
20
Juanfran
Defender
69′
 - 
23
Miranda
Defender
 - 
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
81′ 81′
 - 
14
Gabi
Midfielder
 - 
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
 - 
8
Raúl García
Midfielder
11′ 43′
 - 
19
Diego Costa
Striker
8′ 73′
 - 
9
 - 

Betis

 - 
13
Casto
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
 - 
2
Chica
Defender
 - 
23
Nacho
Defender
 - 
3
Paulao
Defender
58′
 - 
7
Beñat
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
6
Rubén Pérez
Midfielder
79′
 - 
11
 - 
19
 - 
24

Substitutes

25
Sergio Asenjo
Goalkeeper
 - 
6
Cata Díaz
Defender
69′
 - 
11
 - 
25
 - 
6
Koke
Midfielder
73′
 - 
5
Tiago
Midfielder
 - 
7
Adrián
Striker
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Ángel
Defender
 - 
5
Dorado
Defender
30′
 - 
7
Vadillo
Midfielder
 - 
21
José Cañas
Midfielder
63′
 - 
8
Nono
Midfielder
79′
 - 
14
Salva Sevilla
Midfielder

Coach/Manager

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3.50

Coach/Manager

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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atl. Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2