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A. Griezmann
Goal
Óliver Torres
J. Martínez
A. Griezmann
Goal
Gabi
M. Kranevitter
A. Griezmann
Á. Correa
Bebé
Lass Bangoura
Filipe Luis
Yellow Card
Manucho Gonçalves
Jonhatan Montiel
Chechu Dorado
Diego Llorente
Á. Correa
Goal
Zé Castro
Yellow Card
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Commentary

The referee blows his whistle for the final time and brings an end to a game that ended up being incredibly easy for the hosts, who were able to comfortably ease their way into the quarter-finals with a convincing win. Rayo had a few good moments in the first half but overall struggled to find much joy against a very strong and well-organised Atletico back line, and as the game progressed they increasingly pushed forward, which left them exposed at the back. Diego Simeone's side took full advantage of this, and by the time Griezmann had scored his first goal, and his side's second, their place in the final eight was all but secure.
FULL-TIME: ATLETICO MADRID 3-0 RAYO VALLECANO
Even with a three-goal lead, Atletico are still pushing forward as they look to score once again. Every time they get onto the ball they're immediately launching it forward, but this time Yoel times his run far better than before and ends up cutting out the danger before Carrasco can get a shot away from the edge of the penalty area.
A. Griezmann
Goal
Atlético Madrid
GOAL! Griezmann makes it 3-0! This time the Frenchman times his run to perfection, and Rayo's back line pushes up far too high and allows the striker to break through and latch onto a lofted pass forward. Yoel rushes out and tries to deal with the danger but completely misses the ball, allowing the substitute to dart towards goal before tapping the ball into the back of an empty net to wrap up a comfortable victory for Atletico.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
Once again, Atletico try to take advantage of Rayo's disjointed back line with a blisteringly quick counter-attack, but this time it's Griezmann whose forward run is slighly mistimed, resulting in the linesman's raising his flag once more.
A determined Rayo attacking move breaks down, allowing Atletico to fly forward quickly. Carrasco breaks down the left flank before playing a one-two with Thomas, and the Belgian, who has looked bright all evening long, then fizzes a low cross towards the edge of the six-yard box that Yoel is just about able to dive in front of.
With two goals need to make it to the quarter-finals, it is no surprise that Rayo are pushing as many bodies forward as possible as they look to make the impossible possible with a late comeback. However, it's leaving them very open at the back, and Koke takes advantage of the visitors' disjointed back line to break forward towards the goal. However, he ends up embarking on his run far too soon and, as a result, the linesman's flag is raised just as he's about to go one-on-one with Yoel.
Óliver Torres
J. Martínez
Atlético Madrid
Martinez, who has put in a good shift tonight, makes his way off to be replaced by Oliver Torres in what will be Atletico's final substitution of the evening.
Thomas almost makes it 3-0! Rayo immediately lose the ball from the restart, allowing the aforementioned Ghanaian to charge forward on a marauding run. He breaks into the penalty area before unleashing a rocket of a low shot, but Yoel does well to parry it away with a strong diving save.
A. Griezmann
Goal
Atlético Madrid
GOAL! It's 2-0! The resulting set-piece is woefully dealt with by the Rayo defence, who completely fall asleep and allow Griezmann to latch onto the ball just a few yards away from the goal line before beating Yoel with a deft overhead flick. That is surely that for Atletico!
Two good chances for Atletico! Martinez charges down the left flank before cutting into the penalty area and forcing Yoel into making a strong diving save. The goalkeeper can only parry the ball into the path of Griezmann, who is lurking with intent just inside the box. However, just as the Frenchman is about to unleash a shot, Ze Castro throws his body in front of the ball before thumping it out for a corner.
It's now or never for Rayo, who are trying their hardest to push as far forward as possible as they desperately search for a goal that will take the game to extra time. They just haven't been able to find much luck inside the final third, however, as Atletico have defended brilliantly all evening long.
Gabi picks up the ball on the left flank and immediately launches a lovely lofted pass over to Griezmann on the opposite wing. The Frenchman brings it down well and skips past two Rayo players before trying to tee up Martinez with a quick through-ball, but it's slightly overhit and fails to find the striker before rolling out for a goal kick.
Gabi
M. Kranevitter
Atlético Madrid
Gabi comes on to replace Kranevitter in Atletico's second alteration of the night.
Embarba goes close! The winger, who has arguably been Rayo's best player this evening, quickly wins the ball back for the visitors and cuts inside from the left flank before unleashing a great bouncing strike. It flies through a sea of red and white shirts before beating Moya, but there's a little bit too much curl on the shot and, as a result, it bounces just wide of the far post.
Quini is impeded by Godin as he tries to bring down a lofted pass forward, and the Rayo full-back goes crashing to the ground before winning the visitors a free kick in a dangerous position on the right wing. The set-piece is curled into the heart of the penalty area, but Godin does well to rise high and meet the ball before sending it bouncing out to the opposite flank.
A. Griezmann
Á. Correa
Atlético Madrid
Correa receives a loud round of applause from the Atletico fans as he makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Griezmann, who surely will have been instructed to help find that all-important second goal for his side.
Martinez breaks down the right wing and cuts inside before unleashing a low strike towards goal, but it's sent straight into the hands of Yoel, who is easily able to deal with the Atletico striker's relatively tame effort.
Bebé
Lass Bangoura
Rayo Vallecano
Rayo have decided to make their final change of the game, with Lass making way for Bebe.
Rayo are enjoying a good spell of possession at the moment as they look to find a way back into the game. However, after moving the ball around well they end up bringing a promising attack to a disappointing end after Baena fires his 25-yard strike well over the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
Once again, Rayo get themselves into a good position in front of the Atletico goal but let themselves down at the last moment after spending too long on the ball. This time it's Lass who is guilty, as he breaks into the penalty area and twists and turns before being dispossessed by a good tackle from Kranevitter.
Filipe Luis
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
Louis breaks forward on a great run before heading into the Rayo penalty area, where he goes down under a challenge from Ze Castro. There is no contact whatsoever between the two players, resulting in the referee showing the Atletico full-back a yellow card for simulation.
Manucho Gonçalves
Jonhatan Montiel
Rayo Vallecano
That will be the youngster's last touch of the ball, as he is replaced by Manucho for the final half-an-hour.
After spending the start of the second half firmly on the back foot, Rayo are finally able to push forward on an attacking move of their own. They move the ball around well before Montiel reaches it just outside of the Atletico penalty area, but he's quickly dispossessed before he can find a teammate in a better position.
Thomas does well to muscle his way into the right-hand side of the Rayo penalty area before volleying a cross towards the edge of the six-yard box, where it's flapped at by Yoel. The goalkeeper's clearance is unconvincing but has just amount of power on it to stop it from finding Martinez, who was lurking with intent just in front of goal.
Chechu Dorado
Diego Llorente
Rayo Vallecano
Llorente looks to be in a lot of pain as he hobbles off the pitch to be replaced by Dorado in a like-for-like substitution.
It's all going on inside the Rayo penalty area! The game restarts and Atletico immediately fly forward on a determined attack, with Thomas doing well to break into the left-hand side of the box before cutting a low pass across the face of goal. Correa get a slight touch on the ball that sends it rolling under the body of Yoel, but just as it's about to cross the line Nacho is able to get a touch on it to send it away. His clearance can only find Luis, however, but the left-back's cross is just about dealt with by the aforementioned goalkeeper.
Things don't look good for Llorente, who has gone down in a heap on the ground after twisting his ankle whilst chasing Luis. The Rayo full-back immediately screamed in pain and motioned towards the substitutes' bench, and it looks as if he might not be able to continue.
The resulting set-piece is curled into the middle of the box by Carrasco, but once again Yoel does well to read the flight of the Belgian's cross before dealing with it with a thumping punch away from danger.
Once again, Atletico pile bodies forward as they look to find a second goal, and this time it's Martinez who's pushed to the ground by Embarba, resulting in another free kick for Atletico in a dangerous position. This time Koke sends it towards Savic, but the centre-back is unable to meet the ball and it instead takes a deflection off a black shirt that sends it out for a corner on the left wing.
Atletico quickly win the ball back from Rayo and break forward on a determined counter-attack before earning themselves a free kick 30 yards away from the visitors' goal. Koke sends a bouncing cross into the middle of the box, but it's sent too near to Yoel and the goalkeeper reads the flight of the ball well before comfortably deal with the danger.
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out onto the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
Atletico will be happy with that first half performance, as it means that they now have one foot firmly in the next round of the competition thanks to a wonderfully well worked goal. Carrasco and Correa have looked the brightest of the front line thus far so it's no surprise that it was they who linked up for the only goal of the game, with the latter leaving Yoel with no chance with his rocket of a strike. Overall, Rayo have looked rather good but bar Embarba they have failed to find much joy in front of goal, with the the hosts' back four having a quiet evening thus far.
HALF-TIME: ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 RAYO VALLECANO
The resulting corner is drilled in low towards the near post, where it's quickly flicked into the path of Carrasco. The Belgian immediately tries to test Yoel with first-time shot, but he mistimes it completely and scuffs it comfortably wide of the Rayo goal.
What an interception by Quini! Gamez sends an excellent lofted pass over the top of the disjointed Rayo defence and into the path of Correa, who is onside and with acres of pitch around him. He breaks forward quickly and heads into the penalty area before unselfishly trying to tee up Martinez, but just as the ball is about to find the striker it's poached away from him by an excellent sliding block from the aforementioned right-back, who did wonderfully well to fly back before saving the day.
Quini dances his way down the left flank and beats Luis with ease before cutting into the penalty area and unleashing a low strike from the edge of the box, but it's poorly hit and ends up flying a few yards wide of the near post. He really should have crossed instead, as there were at least three Rayo players in good positions in front of goal.
Straight from the kick-off Rayo have decided to push further forward as they look to put Atletico under pressure as they aim to find a way back into the game. On a few occasions they have ended up sitting too deep inside their own half of the pitch, and that has played into the hands of the hosts, who have always looked dangerous when in possession.
Á. Correa
Goal
Atlético Madrid
GOAL! Atletico have taken the lead! Carrasco twists and turns on the left-hand side of the Rayo penalty area before cutting the ball back to Correa. The Argentine lets it bobble in front of him before unleashing a rocket of a strike that flies past the outstretched arm of Yoel and into the back of the net off the underside of the crossbar. That goal was wonderfully worked by the hosts!
Godin goes close! Atletico earn themselves a corner on the right flank after embarking on a determined attacking move, and it's curled into the heart of the box, where it finds the aforementioned defender. He rises high and meets the ball well before sending a great header towards goal, but Correa accidentally gets in the way of it before Yoel is just about able to thump the ball away from danger with a vital clearance.
Zé Castro
Yellow Card
Rayo Vallecano
Martinez immediately tries to break away on a quick counter-attack after Atletico fully deal with the aforementioned Rayo attacking move, but his run is quickly brought to an end by Ze Castro, who cynically pulls the striker back and earns himself a yellow card as a result.
Embarba shows great footwork to beat three Atletico players on the right flank before sending the ball over to Nacho on the opposite wing. The full-back then curls a dangerous cross into the box, where it finds Montiel, but the youngster's first touch is poor and sends it flying away from him and into the feet of a red and white shirt.
Great header by Thomas! Atletico win themselves a free kick on the left wing, and they decide to fling it towards the edge of the Rayo penalty area. It finds the aforementioned midfielder, who rises high and meets the ball well before forcing Yoel into making a fingertip save with a looping header that almost takes the goalkeeper completely by surprise.
Rayo earn themselves a free kick on the left flank, and it's taken quickly and short before being worked up to the edge of the Atletico penalty area. The ball finds Embarba, who cuts onto his right foot before unleashing a thumping volley from 25 yards out, but it's completely overhit and flies well over the top of the crossbar.
The first corner quickly results in a second, but both are sent far too near to Yoel and both times the Rayo goalkeeper is easily able to deal with them. With the second, he beats the ball away from danger with a strong, two-handed punch, sending it flying towards the halfway line.
Koke does well to tee up Correa, who immediately spins and embarks on a flying run into the penalty area. The Argentine heads towards the byline before looking to cross the ball, but Ze Castro does well to throw his body in front of the forward to send the ball out for a corner.
Martinez is clumsily fouled by Llorente on the left wing, resulting in a free kick for Atletico midway inside the Rayo half of the pitch. They take it quickly and send it short before working the ball over to Thomas, but the midfielder ends up completely mishitting his attempted pass towards Gamez and, as a result, it can only find a black shirt.
Sloppy play by Rayo results in them losing the ball midway inside their own half of the pitch, and Thomas immediately picks it up before teeing up Martinez. The striker drifts out to the right wing before curling a cross towards Carrasco, but it's completely overhit and misses the Belgian before bouncing out for a throw-in on the opposite flank.
Rayo revert to patiently passing the ball around before Lass tries to muscle his way down the right flank, but he's unable to find his way through a sea of Atletico players and he ends up running the ball out of play before he can get a cross away.
Great defending by Embarba! After Rayo lose the ball, Atletico take advantage of the visitors' disjointed back line to fly forward on a blisteringly quick counter-attack. Carrasco flies down the right wing and cuts inside before heading towards the box, but just as he's about to reach the penalty area he's dispossessed by a wonderful sliding tackle from the aforementioned winger, who did well to get back and put in a great defensive shift at the vital moment.
Martinez is dispossessed in the middle of the pitch, allowing Rayo to break away on a quick counter-attack. They initially work the ball around well before reaching the edge of the Atletico penalty area, but at the last moment Guerra's pass is poor and loses possession for the visitors in a dangerous position.
After a lengthy spell of possession inside their own half of the pitch, Rayo finally break away on a quick attack through Embarba down the left flank. The winger flies forward before curling a dangerous cross into the middle of the penalty area, where it finds Guerra, but the striker's first touch is poor and sends the ball bouncing out of play for a goal kick.
It's all Rayo at the moment, but they are finding it increasingly difficult to break out of their own half of the pitch. They're moving the ball around well enough but Atletico have started to put them under more pressure, which the visitors are finding tough to deal with.
After spending the past five or so minutes on the back foot, Rayo are finally able to push forward on an attack of their own. Embarba twists and turns on the edge of the penalty area before spinning and forcing Moya into making a good diving save. The goalkeeper can't hold onto the strike and ends up pushing it away, and luckily it bounces just past Guerra, who was lurking with intent on the edge of the six-yard box.
This time the corner is curled into the middle of the penalty area, where it finds the head of Martinez, but the big striker's effort on goal is sent too near to Yoel and, as a result, it's easily stopped by the Rayo goalkeeper.
Good play by Atletico! Once again the hosts take advantage of some sloppy defending from the visitors, and again it's Luis who finds himself in an advanced position. The full-back flies into the left-hand side of the penalty area before trying to pick out Martinez with a low cross, but Baena is just about able to get a foot on the ball to send it out for another corner.
Atletico move the ball around well near the halfway line, with Luis playing an important role in the attacking move. The Brazilian gets down the left flank and cuts inside before teeing up Correa, but the Argentine is isolated inside the Rayo half of the pitch and is quickly dispossessed before he can set up a teammate with a pass.
The resulting set-piece is taken short before a deep cross is curled into the penalty area. It's well hit but Martinez brings a promising move to a disappointing end with a push on Llorente, resulting in a free kick for Rayo inside their own box.
Atletico earn themselves a free kick on the right flank, which Koke whips over to the far post. It completely misses every Rayo defender before bouncing into the feet of Correa, but the Argentine is taking slightly by surprise and is unable to pick out a teammate with a cross that ends up flying out for an early corner.
It's been an even start to the game, with both sides starting in a patient and measured manner. That is unlikely to last for long, however, as Rayo are already looking for opportunities to hit Atletico quickly down the wings and that is sure to be a recurring theme throughout the evening.
And we're off!
The two sides are making their way out onto the pitch, with just a few minutes to go until kick-off.
Meanwhile, Rayo boss Paco Jemez has made five alterations to the side that featured in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat away to Levante, with Diego Llorente, Ze Castro, Roberto Trashorras, Lass Bangoura and highly-rated 17-year-old Joni Montiel coming into the squad to replace Tito, Chechu Dorado, Jozabed, Pablo Hernandez and Fedor.
Diego Simeone has decided to make eight changes to the Atletico side that started the aforementioned win against Celta Vigo, with only Diego Godin, Felipe Luis and Koke retaining their places in a heavily-altered starting line-up.
Rayo Vallecano XI (4-2-3-1): Yoel, Quini, Llorente, Ze Castro, Nacho; Trashorras, Baena; Lass, Embarba, Montiel; Guerra.
Atletico Madrid XI (4-3-3): Moya; Gamez, Savic, Godin, Luis; Thomas, Kranevitter, Koke; Correa, Martinez, Carrasco.
There’s just over 15 minutes left to go until until kick-off, so let’s have a look at how the two teams will be lining up this evening…
Despite the impressive nature of last Wednesday’s result, things still remain bleak for Rayo, and their continued struggles mean that they are currently in trouble inside the relegation zone, two points away from safety and with just one win from their last 11 encounters. Seven of those have ended in defeats, including a loss, albeit a slim and last-minute one, against Atletico in the league at the end of November. The possibility of embarking on a good cup run will surely be welcomed by Paco Jemez, allowing his side to forget about their domestic woes for another night as they aim to beat a side that they have only won against once since 1999.
On the pitch, things have looked far better for Atletico, and they head into tonight’s game unbeaten in their last four games after suffering a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Malaga in their final clash before the winter break. Sunday’s 2-0 victory against Celta Vigo means that they currently sit top of the La Liga table - albeit with a game in hand over second-place Barcelona - but they will be well aware of the struggles that they faced in the first leg of this round just eight days ago. It was Rayo who went ahead first, and the Franjirrojos put in a great performance to earn themselves a well-deserved 1-1 draw at the Campo de Futbol de Vallecas.
This evening’s clash brings together two Madrid foes on a day that the bigger of the two were handed a big blow by FIFA. Atletico - alongside rivals Real Madrid - have been banned from registering players for the next two transfer windows after football’s governing body ruled that both teams had breached rules over the transfer of minors. The Rojiblancos, who have also been fined over £600,000, have said that they will appeal the ban, but the recent decision has nonetheless created an air of confusion and frustration around the Vicente Calderon.
Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of today’s Copa del Rey game between Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
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