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Copa del Rey
February 11, 2014
• Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
• Attendance: 40000
Real Madrid win Aggregate 5 - 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 7', 16'
Two early penalty kicks from Cristiano Ronaldo put any potential early nerves to bed as Los Blancos run out extremely comfortable 5-0 aggregate winners over their city rivals, Atletico, in the Copa del Rey semi final. Diego Simeone's men will be very disappointed with their performance over the two legs, and will not be defending their crown this year. Carlo Ancelotti's outfit progress to the final, and will face the winner of the Real Sociedad versus Barcelona tie tomorrow evening. I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
Full time in Vicente Calderon. Real Madrid are through to the Copa del Rey final!
It looks like Atletico have finally given up that elusive goal here. Madrid are just passing the ball along the back four, with little to no challenges coming in from the home side.
If Madrid can hold out here, which they probably will, it will be 24 matches unbeaten for Los Blancos, and three defeats in a row for Atletico, which hasn't happened in three years.
JOSE SOSAAAAA! WHAT A SAVE FROM CASILLAS! The Argentine latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the box and hits a sweet half volley towards the top corner, but the Madrid keeper somehow stretches out a hand to tip the strike over the bar!
It doesn't even look like too many Atletico fans have left the stands, despite the massive aggregate lead for Madrid.
Yellow Card Miranda
Ohhhh Miranda may be lucky to stay on the pitch here! The Brazilian has his back to goal and, under pressure from Jese, sends a wayward arm into the face of the Madrid man! The ref is lenient on this occasion, and only brandishes a yellow.
Poor from Adrian. The substitute comes over to the left and receives the ball to feet from Rodriguez, who is expecting the one-two, but the return pass lacks quality and Casemiro comes in to intercept.
Atletico have looked like a beaten team for a while now, but they should still realise that even a goal would massively lift the spirits of their fans. They have just over 10 minutes to get one, and final land a blow on Madrid.
Third and final change for Real Madrid and it sees Ronaldo withdrawn for the last 15 minutes. His replacement is exciting young talent Jese, who has been superb in recent weeks.
Atletico just can't get the numbers forward at the moment. Jose Sosa had the ball with acres of space on the right-hand side, but all he's got to aim for in the box is Adrian, who's been well marshaled by Varane and Nacho.
Ronaldooooo! Great save from Aranzubia! Carvajal clips a brilliant cross to the back post and the Portuguese chests down before hitting a strike at goal on the half volley, but the Atletico goalkeeper makes himself big to make the block!
Really poor pass from Koke. The Spaniard, who returns from a recent injury tonight, receives the ball to the right and lazily looks to find Insua with a crossfield pass, that is easily intercepted.
Fair play to the Atletico Madrid fans, they've continued to sing throughout this second half. You just hope for their sake that this aggregate defeat to their arch rivals doesn't see their team's season totally derail. They need to pick themselves up after this.
Second change of the match from Carlo Ancelotti as Luka Modric is replaced in the middle of the park by Casemiro. Madrid arguably now have three holding players in midfield with the Brazilian alongside Xabi Alonso and Illarramendi.
It's the Welshman who steps up, but his free kick doesn't pose much of a threat to Aranzubia.
Isco turns wonderfully just inside the Atletico half and uses his immense balance to skip past a couple of challenges, but is stopped in his tracks by Mario Suarez who just leaves his leg in slightly. Free kick to Madrid in a useful position 30 yards out. Ronaldo or Bale?
Diego Simeone, perhaps intelligently, opts to take Raul Garcia out of the firing line and introduces Gabi in place of him. The 27-year-old looked likely to get sent off, so probably a good decision.
The latest entry in the Raul Garcia-Xabi Alonso saga is that the latter goes in a wee bit late on the Atletico man, who then brandishes out his hand looking for a yellow card. The Madrid players aren't happy with it.
Carvajal advances out of defence and looks to exchange a one-two with Ronaldo down the right-hand side, but the Portuguese opts to play the ball back inside to Xabi Alonso after being crowded out by three defenders.
Well, the referee is giving Atletico nothing at the moment. Twice in quick succession the Madrid defence has looked under pressure at the back due to the pressing of the home attackers, and twice the ref has blew for nothing fouls. Definite frustration in the ranks of Los Colchoneros.
Isco attempts to con a penalty kick out of the official after going down far too easily in the box after a collision with Miranda. The Brazilian stares right through the Madrid man, who thinks better of his protests and eventually gets to his feet.
Atletico take the short corner and cross into the far post area, but Bale is back defending in his own box to clear the danger away.
Adrian shows intelligent down the right and takes two Madrid players out the game with a neat dummy to Rodriguez. The Uruguayan bursts down the wing and eventually cannons a cross off Arbeloa to earn the corner kick.
Modric strays into a more advanced position on the edge of the box and stabs a lovely pass in behind the Atletico defence for Isco, who hits the byline before earning a corner kick out of Juanfran.
Atletico Madrid have just under 45 minutes to make sure their season doesn't derail too much. This tie is over, that much is for sure, but clawing back a draw here in the second leg would increase the confidence back to near what it was a couple of weeks ago.
Three substitutions to report at half time. Nacho replaces Sergio Ramos for Real Madrid, and Adrian Lopez and Juanfran enter the fray for Atletico in place of Diego and Manquillo.
We are back under way in Madrid!
It looks like Cristiano is unperturbed by that incident at half time, and is okay to continue.
Some unseemly scenes at half time at Vicente Calderon as it appears Ronaldo was struck with a lighter while on his way off the park. The Portuguese was down receive treatment for a minute or so but quickly got up.
Half time at Vicente Calderon. It was all set up for a high tempo fiery performance from Atletico, but that was all put to bed by Real Madrid early on as they converted two penalty kicks through Cristiano Ronaldo to go into the break 2-0 up. It's 5-0 to Los Blancos on aggregate, so Simeone's men are definitely playing for pride now!
Yellow Card C. Ronaldo
Oh my, Manquillo took a horrible, HORRIBLE fall on his neck after that challenge with Ronaldo, but somehow he looks to have come out of it unscathed. Thankfully.
Yellow Card Arbeloa
And it's another booking for Madrid! Ronaldo receives a yellow card for going in rather robustly on a challenge with Manquillo in the air.
The second player to go into the book is again for Real Madrid as Arbeloa sticks a leg out to trip up Manquillo.
Miranda doesn't fall for the tricks of Isco down the left wing and robs the Madrid man of possession before clipping a ball up top for Jose Sosa, who reverses the ball back inside with a superb header.
Ronaldo attempts a clever flick round the corner for the overlapping Arbeloa but ends up being scythed down by Mario Suarez near the left-hand touchline. Free kick to Madrid on the flank.
That's so poor from Cristian Rodriguez! The winger is sent down the inside left-channel by Diego and has a great opportunity to lash a cross along the box, but he opts for a shot, which goes miles over. Raul Garcia doesn't look to happy in the middle!
Yellow Card Asier Illarramendi
Illarramendi is the first player to go into the book and it's for a pretty cynical pull of the shirt on Mario Suarez, who was looking to make a run through the middle.
Fair play to Simeone's men. They have just started to creep their way back into contention and look to have finally settled into the match, but they've got a hell of a lot of work to do even get a draw in this second leg.
Manquillo looks to get beyond the midfield on the overlap again, but the pass over the top of the Madrid defence from Diego just has a little too much on it, and Madrid get the throw in deep in their own half.
Atletico are looking for a penalty after Cristian Rodriguez goes down in the box after an aerial collision with Sergio Ramos. The referee doesn't need to make the spotkick decision, as the Uruguayan is flagged as offside anyway.
Brilliant run by Manquillo! The Atletico right-back, who gave away the penalty for Madrid in the first few minutes, goes on a marauding surge down the right-hand side and bursts past a couple of challenges, but he's stopped in his tracks by Sergio Ramos who comes in with a great tackle.
Ancelotti's men must have had about 30 or 40 passes without response from Atletico in the past couple of minutes. The hosts are looking pretty deflated, and no wonder, but they need to pick themselves up and look to grab a goal.
Modric, who has been in superb form in the last few weeks, receives the ball to feet inside the centre circle and skips past a couple of challenges before sending a cracking diagonal pass out to the right for Carvajal.
Raul Garcia and Xabi Alonso have had a personal duel in the match so far. The former adds fuel to the fire by going in late through the back of his Spanish compatriot. Keep your eye on those two.
Varane looks to bring the ball out of the defence but cheaply gives it away in a dangerous position to Jose Sosa. Lucky for the Frenchman that the Atletico man was just as wasteful. Madrid reclaim possession.
Diego is being forced extremely deep to come and claim the ball and it's resulting in Raul Garcia being pretty isolated up top. Illarramendi and Xabi Alonso have absolutely bossed the midfield so far.
Raul Garcia is doing his best impression of Diego Costa up top by hustling and bustling and getting under the skin of the defenders. Sadly for Atletico though, it's not come with the replication of the Brazilian's goal threat as of yet.
It's now 5-0 to Madrid on aggregate. Atletico really need to get themselves into gear here on this is going to get embarrassing. Their fans won't stand for a damaging defeat at the Vicente Calderon!
Penalty Goal C. Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!! In a carbon copy of the opening goal, Ronaldo lashes the penalty into the bottom left corner! Two-nil Madrid! Atletico are sinking without a trace in the Copa del Rey!
ANOTHER PENALTY KICK TO MADRID! Insua horribly stretches for the ball inside the box and takes away the leg of Bale!
RAUL GARCIA!! SO UNLUCKY! Atletico's main striker for the night collects the ball 25 yards out and drills a strike towards the top corner, but the right-footed shot cannons off the woodwork! Madrid let off the hook!
Ronaldooooo!!! Unlucky! The opening goalscorer in the match almost grabs another as he out-jumps the Atletico defenders to bullet a header at goal, but his attempt misses the corner by a yard!
Carvajal advances forward down the right wing and exchanges a lovely one-two with Modric just on the edge of the box. He's forced back though and plays back inside to Xabi Alonso.
The vibrant and loud atmosphere of the Vicente Calderon at the beginning of play has been smothered by Cristiano Ronaldo! Looks like Simeone's men are playing for pride now, they can't suffer from a big defeat against their arch rivals.
Dear, oh dear. Is this tie over already? Atletico now need FIVE goals to progress to the final!
Penalty Goal C. Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL TO REAL MADRID! Ronaldo steps up and rifles the penalty into the bottom left corner! That's his 33rd of the season! One-nil Madrid!
PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Ronaldo skips into the box and Manquillo gets on the wrong side before clipping the legs of the Portuguese!
Atletico pressing very high in the early stages and are looking to create a fast tempo to the play. They have to, really, they've got a three-goal deficit to claw back.
Baleeee! Close attempt in the early stages. Xabi Alonso clips a free kick to the front post and the Welshman rises high to glance a header towards the far post, but it goes just wide of the mark.
Isco looks to skip past Insua in the final third but checks back quickly after being outmuscled by the former Liverpool left-back. The Madrid man is lucky to earn a free kick.
Ronaldo collects possession for the first time in the match and looks to go on a signature burst down the left-hand side, but finds himself crowded out by three Atletico players. He still manages to earn a throw in, though.
We are under way at Vicente Calderon!
The teams take part in the pre-match handshakes; we'll see how long this camaraderie lasts!
That duo certainly proved last week that they are not on each other's Christmas card list!
The first leg promised to be an extremely fiesty affair, with many players picking up booking, but with Diego Costa and Pepe not featuring tonight, where will the fireworks come from?
Los Colchoneros's damaging defeat in the first leg also appeared to have ramifications for them in their league form. They were massively out-of-sorts at the weekend as they went down 2-0 to Almeria.
Atletico won at the Bernabeu earlier this season, their first league triumph over their neighbours in the 21st century, as well as last season's Copa final - but the sides' head-to-head record is massively stacked in Madrid's favour.
Cristiano Ronaldo's three-match ban only applies in the Spanish Primera Division, so he's eligible to play in the cup second leg at Vicente Calderon tonight. The Portuguese lines up alongside Isco and Gareth Bale in attack.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, welcome back their star man into the first XI...
Still, a bit of a kick in the teeth for Adrian Lopez, who sits on the bench.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether the 27-year-old will be deployed in that role.
With David Villa injured and Diego Costa suspended, it appears that Raul Garcia has been given the nod to spearhead the attack. The Spaniard is a central midfielder by trade, so we'll see how that one works out!
Some very, very interesting selections from Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti...
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Illarramendi, Modric; Isco, Bale, Ronaldo
Atletico Madrid (4-2-3-1): Aranzubia; Manquillo, Alderweireld, Miranda, Insua; Koke, Mario Suarez; Diego Ribas, Jose Sosa, Rodriguez; Raul Garcia
Pepe, Jese, and Angel Di Maria were all on target for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu last week, in a victory that gives them a massive advantage in their quest to reach the Copa del Rey final.
Atletico certainly have a mountain to climb in this second leg, as Carlo Ancelotti's outfit come into the match with a 3-0 lead from the previous game.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action!
Good evening folks! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid from Vicente Calderon!
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