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Reus Deportiu v Atlético Madrid Live Commentary, 01/12/2015
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Full time in this Copa del Rey fourth round first leg clash. Atletico Madrid take a narrow lead to the second leg of this tie after a 2-1 away victory against Reus Deportiu in the Estadio Camp Nou Municipal. The hosts actually took the lead through Fran after a poor mistake at the back from Lucas, but Diego Simeone's men displayed their class in the end and netted to replies through Luciano Vietto and Saul Niguez, with the former's goal looking like it was offside. The Segunda B outfit can be proud of their showing, but it will certainly take a miracle of sorts to turn over Atleti at the Vicente Calderon in the second leg. Thanks for joining us, see you next time!
Two minutes of added time have been allocated by the referee which sounds about right as we haven't had too many stoppages to the play apart from that goal from Saul Niguez, which looks like it is going to be the winner in this first leg.
Eliseu, who has switched flanks in the past few minutes from right to left, picks up the ball in the latter before attempting to hit the byline. However, he is dispossessed by the retreating Oliver, who is certainly not known for his defensive work, but does well on this occassion to win the ball back for the visitors.
Vital save from Edgar! Atletico Madrid attempt to put this tie to bed with a pacey counterattack down the left flank. Vietto is at the heart of the charge forward and eventually makes his way into the area with a penetrating run, but just takes one touch too many which allows the Reus goalkeeper to close down and make the block at the feet of the Argentine!
Even with his slightly lackadaisical nature on the ball, Thomas has certainly put himself about in the midfield, attempting to quickly win the ball back for his side. This time he takes it a little too far, though, as he goes in late on Vaz down the right-hand side.
Even with the hosts being in the ascendancy, they are running out of time rather quickly if they want to make this tie interesting before the second leg in a few weeks time. Atletico are still looking fairly resilient even with the increased pressure in front of them.
Third and final change from the Segunda B outfit here as Dinis Almeida makes way for Ismael Moyano, in what is a fairly positive, attacking alteration.
Reus are just building up a nice little period of pressure as we approach the last 10 minutes here in Catalunya. Considering that they will probably not pose much of a threat for too much of the game in the second leg, they are looking to take advantage of being on their home turf to perhaps snatch an equaliser.
JUST OVER FROM VAZ! Reus work the ball really well down the left wing and the ball eventually comes to Fran, who finds a yard of space before curling a superb cross to the edge of the six-yard box. The substitute meets it with a commanding header, but just can't direct it under the bar, much to the relief of Moya!
Eliseu goes on a marauding run down the right channel and skips past a couple of challenges before cutting inside into the central area. He doesn't get much further, though, as he goes down under the rather cynical challenge of Saul, who escaped the yellow card. Reus get the free kick in a potentially dangerous position from deep down the right channel.
Haro finds a pocket of space in between the Atletico defence and midfield and takes advantage to get himself into a shooting position. With nobody closing him down, he has a pop from 30 yards out which is certainly well-struck, but in the end Moya sees it comfortably wide.
Perhaps ill-advisedly, the home side are still attempting to play the ball around at the back even though they are beginning to tire. Correa smells blood with his intense pressing in the final third, but Edgar manages to keep a cool head in between the sticks to evade the challenge of the Argentine and pass out wide for Benito.
Atletico Madrid are looking comfortable out there now and seem good value to go ahead and take a lead into the second leg at the Vicente Calderon. Reus are moving deeper and deeper into their own half, which is playing into the hands of the likes of Koke and Saul.
Another alteration from Reus now and it sees Rafa Garcia leave the pitch to be replaced by Ricardo Vaz. Only one change remaining for the home side, with 23 minutes or so to go.
As predicted earlier, the difference between the fitness levels of a Segunda B side and a Primera Division side is proving to be telling as the game goes on. Reus put a lot in to their first half performance, but it is starting to catch up with them.
GOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL FOR ATLETICO! SIMEONE'S OUTFIT TAKE THE LEAD! Koke whips in yet another wicked corner kick into the box and this time Saul meets the cross to loop a lovely header deep into the far corner! Edgar managed to get a hand to it, but it wasn't enough! Two-one!
First change of the match now and it comes from Reus as Fernando makes way to be replaced by Edgar Hernandez Marce.
After the second period got under way, Reus have lost some of the spark which served them so well in the first half. They played with a lot of tempo and desire from the get-go, but as time has went on they have looked more fatigued than Simeone's men.
Koke, who is captaining Atletico tonight, whips a corner kick in from the right wing and Reus struggle to clear a few times before a scrappy melee ensues on the edge of the area for the home side. There is players slipping and sliding everywhere, but it is Gonzalez's men who come out top and eventually manage to avoid conceding a shot on goal.
Thomas has seen a fair amount of possession in this game, but the 22-year-old has been a little guilty of perhaps being a bit too safe with his passes to team-mates. A few times now, he has decided against a more advanced pass forward and opted for a square pass to the full back, which in a way is understandable for a younger players, but he is up against lower opposition tonight so some more initiative required.
Fran, who scored the opening goal of the match, looks to inflict more damage on this Atletico Madrid defence with a penetrating run down the right-hand side. In the end, the ball unluckily comes off his leg to go out for a goal kick, but it was impressive, dynamic work on the touchline all the same.
Apart from the goals, the first half proved to be a bit of a midfield battle, and the second period is no different here as the more creative players in the respective final thirds are not seeing as much of the ball as their team-mates further back. Always promised to be a fairly tight cup clash, this.
It does seem like Simeone is not putting too much stock into this first leg, as not only has he made seven changes, he has also left plenty of big guns out of the squad altogether. However, with the players he has at his disposal, they should be winning against a Segunda B side regardless of the starting XI.
Reus can certainly take confidence from their performance in the first period, as they have basically matched Atletico in every department up until now. However, they will need to be wary as the time goes on as the difference in fitness levels between both outfits will be more telling in the latter stages.
We are back under way between Reus Deportiu and Atletico!
Half time in this Spanish Cup clash. Reus Deportiu have acquitted themselves very well so far and deservedly took the lead 30 minutes in after Fran took advantage of a terrible mistake at the back from Lucas to send a predatory strike past Moya. However, Atletico rallied and responded almost instantly through a Vietto header to make it 1-1, even though there was more than a sniff of an offside from the run of the Argentine. Very entertaining game so far, and more to come after the half time break!
Oliver, who set up that aforementioned equaliser with a terrific cross from the right wing, looks to get on the scoresheet for himself this time as he glides in from the wing to receive the ball to feet around 25 yards out. He goes for goal with a drilled left-footed strike, but it is straight down the throat of Edgar, who makes the solid stop.
On the whole, a draw is probably a fair scoreline at this point in the match after taking into account the threat posed by both teams. It just so happens that one goal was legitimate and the other was not, but the hosts will have to move on from any perceived injustice now!
The ascendancy is well and truly with Atletico now and they are looking the more likely side to add to their tally. Going back to the equaliser a few minutes ago, regardless of how it went in, it will surely do wonders for the confidence of Vietto, who nets for the first time after coming back from a short illness.
Well, it was probably likely that Atletico Madrid would get on the scoresheet at least once tonight, but it leaves a little bit of a sour taste in the mouth knowing that their equaliser was so obviously offside! Gonzalez, I'm sure, will have something to say to the referee at half-time about that one!
GOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLL FOR ATLETICO! INSTANT REPLY FROM LOS COLCHONEROS! Oliver collects possession deep down the right-hand side and finds a yard of space before clipping a wicked cross into the area, where Vietto bullets a header into the bottom right corner! That did look like it was offside though, so the hosts have the right to feel aggrieved for sure! One-one, though!
Just over 10 minutes remaining in this half now and this is no time for Atletico to panic as not only to they have the next period to come, but also the return leg in the Vicente Calderon soon. You would imagine that they would be extremely likely to go through from the second leg, even if Reus can take a lead to it after tonight.
Lucas Hernandez is, of course, a very young player at this level at the green age of of just 19. However, that was quite a horrendous mistake at the back and can only be described as a potiential miscue in concentration, which Simeone will certainly not be happy with! Atletico defence looking shaky!
GOOOOAAAALLLL!! GOOOAAAALLL FOR REUS! THE HOSTS TAKE THE LEAD! A nothing pass is sent in behind the Atletico defence, which Lucas makes a complete mess of! Fran takes advantage to pounce and win the ball before stabbing a strike past Moya! The crowd go WILD! One-nil!
The Reus fans rise out of their seats in expectancy as Benito burts a gut to make his way down the left wing and get on the end of a deep cross to head at goal! His attempt ends up rustling the roof of the net as Moya is let off the hook! That was almost a shock lead for the hosts!
For all of Reus' admirable play at the back and in those central areas, they could be doing a lot more going forward considering they are up against an untested and untried defensive duo of Savic and Lucas at the back for Atletico.
SAAAAAAAAVE FROM EDGAR! Atletico manage to get in behind the opposition defence for the first time in the match as Koke clips through a lovely pass into the inside left channel for Correa. The Argentine gallops into the space before lashing a left-footed strike at goal, which is palmed wide of the post by the diving Reus goalkeeper! Best chance of the match so far!
We are just about midway through the opening half here in Catalunya, and as predicted at the start of the game, it has by no means been a walk in the park for Simeone's men, who are struggling to muster up any kind of threat in the final third. Still early doors, however.
Garcia moves forward in midfield and takes advantage of the space ahead of him to penetrate into the final third. He attempts to thread a dangerous looking pass into the box for Fernando, but luckily for Atleti, Saul is on hand to make the vital interception, before attempting to instigate an attack for the visitors.
One aspect of Reus' play that has been particularly noticeable so far has been their desire to play the ball out patiently from the back. You don't always get such composure from Segunda B outfits, but Gonzalez has certainly catalysed some confidence within his players. Let's see if they can channel any of it to pose a threat to Atletico here.
Correa has already proved himself to be a very effective player so far this campaign, but most of his better appearances have actually been from the bench during matches, so now provides the Argentine with an opportunity to impress from the start. Likewise for Luciano Vietto, whose Atletico career is yet to catch fire after signing from Villarreal in the summer transfer window.
Benito collects the ball from his goalkeeper at left-back and then cuts back inside to get a view of the central area. Instead of picking out a short pass, he opts to try and find the darting run of Haro deep down the right wing with a long pass, but Siqueira is on hand to usher possession back to Moya after successfully curbing the potential threat from the Reus winger.
The Reus Deportiu faithful are certainly not used to seeing teams as big as Atletico visit their ground on a regular basis, and they are definitely excited to be able to display their voices on a bigger stage than Segunda B tonight - they are creating a brilliant atmosphere in this chilly night in Catalunya!
After a fairly promising opening to the match from Reus, Atletico are just starting to assert their dominance in the middle of the park through Koke, Saul, and Thomas, who makes a rare appearance for the first team today. With Tiago out injured for an extended period of time, the latter two in particular should be aiming to impress in order to see more starting berths from Simeone.
Koke stands over a free kick in a very useful position on the right flank after Reus give away a daft foul. The Spain international proceeds to clip a teasing cross to the back post which is begging to be headed home, but Savic just can't stretch high enough to get a meaningful connection on his attempt at goal.
Jesus Gamez, who very effectively deputised for Juanfran a week ago in the Champions League win over Galatasaray, does so again tonight and already looks likely to carry on his good form. He has made a couple of exciting ventures down that right-hand side, but no particularly effective final balls as of yet.
Indeed, the hosts have actually started rather positively and seem to be playing with a little bit of a spring in their step. Simeone has made seven changes to his side from the weekend win over Espanyol, though, so the players coming in may just take a few minutes before they start to gel effectively.
On paper, this may seem like a bit of a 'David vs Goliath' clash considering the difference in prestige between the two teams, but the home Reus have proved themselves to be no pushovers this season so far. Naturally, however, they are yet to face an outfit even near the same calibre as Atletico.
We are under way in this Copa del Rey clash!
The players have took to the field and we are almost ready for kick off!
Reus Deportiu (4-2-3-1): Edgar; Eliseu, Benito, Olmo, Almeida; Garcia, Folch; Haro, Fran, Alex; Fernando.
Atletico (4-4-2): Moya; Gamez, Savic, Lucas, Siqueira; Koke, Thomas, Saul, Oliver; Correa, Vietto.
In order to make it to the fourth round of the Spanish Cup, Natxo Gonzalez's charges have had to knock out Asco, Arandina and Lleida Esportiu in the early stages of the competition. With the first leg of this particular clash taking place at home, they will be aiming to still be in contention in the tie for the return match at the Vicente Calderon in a few weeks.
Even with Atletico's impressive recent form, this match is by no means looking like a walk in the park as they are taking on a Reus Deportiu outfit who have lost just once in 15 matches this season, which sees then situated top of Segunda B Group 3 on 32 points.
Los Colchoneros are enjoying a solid run of 10 games without defeat in all competitions, but their latest victory in the league came a price, as veteran midfielder, Tiago, is set for a long period on the sidelines after suffering a broken leg at the weekend. The Portuguese has been in scintillating form for his side this campaign, so it will certainly require one of the others players to step up to the plate in that central area alongside Gabi.
It is a very busy time for Diego Simeone's outfit at the moment, as fresh from their narrow Spanish Primera Division victory over Espanyol on Saturday, they face a total of six fixtures in the next 20 days, with tonight's Spanish Cup encounter with the Segunda B side being the first in this congested run. Also included in their current timetable for the next few weeks, is a vital Champions League clash against Benfica, so we will likely see some squad rotation from the Argentine boss.
Good evening folks, and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Copa del Rey clash between Reus Deportiu and Atletico Madrid from Estadio Camp Nou Municipal!