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Nuevo Estadio Los Pajaritos
Almazán v Atlético Madrid Live Commentary,
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Atletico Madrid have played their last game before the World Cup break and will return to action on December 30 in LaLiga at home to Elche. Almazan are next in action in the Tercera Division against UD Santa Marta next Sunday at home.
Atletico Madrid are safely through to the second round of the Copa del Rey after defeating Almazan 2-0 at Los Pajaritos. Angel Correa settled Atletico nerves by putting the visitors ahead in the 35th minute, converting a rebound after Joao Felix's strike was saved. Joao Felix got on the scoresheet in the second half to secure the result with a neat run and finish, ensuring that there was no drama in the tie.
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FULL-TIME: ALMAZAN 0-2 ATLETICO MADRID
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WIDE! Cunha has space in the inside-right channel and only has Marquez to beat, but he fires his effort just wide of the target.
There will be two minutes of added time.
Cunha tries to get the wrong side of Plaza in the inside-left channel, but the midfielder times his challenge to perfection to send the ball behind for a corner.
Marquez comes on for the final minutes to replace Gonzalez between the posts for Almazan.
Cunha works the ball to Joao Felix and he lines up a drive from a tight angle that is deflectefd behind by Checa.
Joao Felix collects on the left flank and cuts inside to shoot on his right foot, only to drag his effort wide of the left post.
Joao Felix and Griezmann combine in the final third. Griezmann tries to use his quick feet to create space for a drive, but gets closed down and loses possession.
Iraola enters the action for the home side to replace Martinez.
WIDE! De Paul feeds Molina down the right flank, who sends a cutback into the middle. Koke meets it on the penalty spot, but places his attempt wide of the right post.
Griezmann performs his defensive duties at the back to clear Plaza's low cross into the box.
Gimenez catches Plaza with a boot and goes into the book. Almazan have a free-kick in a useful position on the left flank.
Almazan have been excellent tonight at the back. The commitment has been impressive, putting their bodies on the line on almost every occasion Atletico line up a strike.
DISALLOWED GOAL! Griezmann steers the ball home from Molina's cross at the near post, but the flag goes up for offside as he wheels away to celebrate. The Frenchman moved just a fraction too early.
CHANCE! Koke swings a corner deep to the back post for Hermoso to attack. He sends his header back towards the left corner, but it travels just wide of the post.
BLOCK! Griezmann goes for a blast from the resulting free-kick, but his effort smacks off the wall and trickles behind for a corner.
Cunha surges to the edge of the Almazan box before he is impeded by Anto. Atletico are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Albitre was active in the game, but lacked a cutting edge. He is replaced by Opara.
Khalifa is on for the home side to replace Jesus Sanchez.
Miranda is withdrawn at the back for the home side for Mateo.
The scorer of the first goal Correa is withdrawn for Cunha.
OVER! Almazan win a free-kick on the right flank and Plaza sees his delivery cleared as far as Albitre. He lines up a strike on his left foot, but slices it well over the top.
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De Paul returns Joao Felix's offload to allow the forward to surge into the box and score.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! JOAO FELIX SLOTS HOME FROM CLOSE RANGE!!!! 2-0 ATLETICO!!! The visitors surely secure a place in the next round as Joao Fellix finds the bottom-right corner. The Portuguese plays a sublime one-two with De Paul to break into the box. He produces a neat touch to turn past one challenge before placing his left-footed strike into the net.
Witsel has space to raid forward and he tries to fire at goal on his left foot. His effort is deflected and Gonzalez scampers to his right to prevent the corner.
Hermoso tries to attack a corner from Griezmann from the right flank, but Moreno does enough to direct it away from the Atletico defender.
Anto goes into the book for the home side.
Losilla and Anto combine to release Edipo in the final third, but he takes a heavy touch and loses the ball out for a goal-kick.
Edipo collects on the edge of the box from Albitre and turns to fire at goal. His effort deflects off Hermoso and travels behind for a corner.
Albitre takes a couple of neat touches in the final third, but he cannot find the final ball he needs under pressure from Molina.
Checa has to act at the near post to divert Griezmann's dangerous cross behind for a corner. Atletico are on the front foot already.
Substitution Marcos Llorente Moreno José María Giménez de Vargas
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Savic makes way at the back for Atletico for Gimenez.
We're back under way in this Copa del Rey clash.
Diego Simeone will still not be entirely happy with his side's first-half performance. They were a bit tetchy in the final third until Correa was on spot to score. There will be plenty of chances and he will want them to sign off before the World Cup break with a flourish.
Angel Correa has put Atletico Madrid into a 1-0 lead at the break in their Copa del Rey clash against Almazan. It was a frustrating half for Los Rojiblancos until Correa pounced on a rebound from Joao Felix's strike to convert from close range. Earlier, Koke struck the bar before Marcos Llorente saw an effort saved. It has all been one-way traffic, but Atletico will still need further goals to kill off the tie.
HALF-TIME: ALMAZAN 0-1 ATLETICO MADRID
Albitre knocks a cross into the box from the right flank that Plaza knocks towards goal, forcing Oblak to get down and smother the ball.
OVER! Molina knocks an offload back to Correa on the edge of the box and he shoots first-time on the half-volley, only to send his effort just over the top.
Griezmann makes a run down the left flank and opts for an early cross towards the near post. None of his team-mates on the same wavelength and it allows Gonzalez to gather.
Simeone will be a lot more relaxed on the touchline now after his side have got the breakthrough. It has not been easy for the visitors tonight.
GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! CORREA SCORES ON THE REBOUND!!!! 1-0 ATLETICO!!!! Los Rojiblancos breathe a sigh of relief as Correa turns the ball home after Joao Felix sees his effort saved. Joao Felix is teed up on the edge of the box by Reinildo and he drills his attempt low and hard at the bottom-left corner. Gonzalez makes the save, but the rebound falls kindly for Correa to slot into an empty net.
Atletico are struggling for a clinical edge in the final third. The home side are making life difficult in and around the box, but the composure of the visitors has been poor under pressure.
Griezmann angles a cross to the back post from the resulting corner that Hermoso can only glance high and wide.
SCRAMBLE! It is all hands on deck for Almazan at the back. Llorente tries to force an effort through a crowd of bodies, but his effort is repelled. Molina has space for a strike that he slices away from the target. Eventually, Atletico win a corner, but the home side live to fight another day again.
Koke has space to release Joao Felix over the top, but he puts too much on his pass and it speeds off the surface and out for a goal-kick.
Sanchez goes in hard on Griezmann with a sliding challenge and goes into the book.
Joao Felix looks for space in the Almazan box, but gets surrounded by white shirts and loses possession before he can fire at goal.
Almazan win a corner down the right, but Albitre's delivery is poor and allows Correa to bring the ball away for the visitors. The home side have to make the most of those set-piece opportunities.
CHANCE! Hermoso rises in the box to attack Griezmann's cross from the left flank, only to head his effort over the top.
If you asked Rojas and Almazan before the game they certainly would have taken 0-0 after 20 minutes. It's going to be a constant battle for the hosts.
Correa turns in the inside-right channel and looks for space for a strike, but Anto gets across to divert the ball behind for a corner.
Koke angles a ball over the top for Correa to attack in the inside-right channel, but he can only steer his effort over the top.
Martinez goes into the book for catching Koke late. The home side are not happy and it appears the contact was minimal.
SAVE! Almazan are going to need heroics from Gonzalez tonight and he pulls off a fine save to get down low to his left to push a strike from Llorente away from goal.
OFF THE BAR AND LINE! Griezmann makes a burst down the right and sends a cross back to Koke. He takes a touch and curls a strike towards goal that strikes the underside of the bar. There's still a chance for Correa on the line, but Moreno gets there first to head clear.
Correa threads a pass through to Joao Felix in the inside-left channel, but he loses out to Checa after cutting back on to his right foot.
Griezmann sends a searching ball behind the Almazan defence, but it just evades the late run of Joao Felix and travels out for a goal-kick.
OFF THE BAR! Griezmann lifts a free-kick into the box from the left flank that pinballs around the box. Llorente pounces and smashes a half-volley into the ground that loops up over Gonzalez, but it strikes the bar and bounces over.
Griezmann latches on to the ball in the Almazan box, but he cannot bring it down under pressure from Anto and the home side clear for now.
Reinildo bursts down the left flank and clips a cross into the box. The home side clear as far as Griezmann, who heads towards Correa. The Argentine fires at goal, but Gonzalez makes the stop.
Atletico as expected are seeing a lot of the ball in the Almazan half in the early stages.
We're under way in this Copa del Rey clash.
Atletico last won the Copa del Rey in the 2012/13 season.
Atletico make four changes to their side from their defeat at the hands of Mallorca last time out. Alvaro Morata and Yannick Carrasco miss out, while Savic and De Paul drop to the bench. Koke, Correa, Hermoso and Joao Felix all come into the side.
Almazan have made three changes to their side from their draw last time out to Mirandes II. Jesus Sanchez, Losilla and Moreno all into the fold as Mateo, Opara and Iraola make way for the hosts.
ATLETICO MADRID SUBS: Ivo Grbic, Jose Gimenez, Rodrigo de Paul, Matheus Cunha, Felipe, Carlos Martin, Sergio, Antonio Gomis.
ATLETICO MADRID (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Nahuel Molina, Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso, Reinildo; Marcos Llorente, Koke, Axel Witsel, Joao Felix; Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann.
ALMAZAN SUBS: Javi Martinez, Diego Mateo, Carlos Elvira, Hector Lapena, Adrian Diez, Larry Opara, Daniel Iraola, Khalifa, Marcos Abadiano, Pablo Sanz, Ciria.
ALMAZAN (4-5-1): Alberto Gonzalez; Inigo Miranda, Rafael Checa, Victor Moreno, Anto; Alberto Plaza, Jesus Sanchez, Dani Martinez, Javier Albitre, Angel Losilla; Edipo.
Atletico do not have the best record in the Copa del Rey of late under Diego Simeone. Last season they were knocked out in the round of 16, and in the previous term they failed to progress beyond the second round. Los Rojiblancos enter the game short of form, failing to win any of their last five matches in all competitions. They will be under pressure as favourites to win by a comfortable margin, but given their issues it might be a problem for Atletico after losing 1-0 to Mallorca last time out.
Almazan will have their eye on springing an upset tonight against Atletico, but the Tercera Division outfit face a massive challenge given the quality of their opponents. Diego Rojas' men are unbeaten in their last five matches, but have won only once. They reside in ninth place in the Tercera Division and can enter the contest with a free hit against an established side. Almazan have nothing to lose.
Good evening and welcome to the Copa del Rey first-round clash between Almazan and Atletico Madrid at Los Pajaritos.