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Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid Live Commentary, 26/01/2023

AET
3 - 1
RMA
ATM
Rodrygo (79)
K. Benzema (103)
Vinícius Júnior (120+1)
Álvaro Morata (19)
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
(FT 1 - 1)

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye!
Back-to-back comeback victories see Real join Osasuna, Athletic Club, and Barcelona in the final four of the Copa del Rey. They face Real Sociedad in their next league game while Atletico will look to bounce back against Osasuna in their next fixture.
Atletico did not let the occasion or the home fans get to them in the first half after they produced a very professional display. Neither side came flying out of the blocks but it was clear that the visitors were willing to take more risks in the final third, and it paid off for them. Morata finished off a well-worked move to give Atletico the lead in the 19th minute. Real were tame to say the least in the first period. They were slow in their passing and lacked the assured decision-making that helped their opponents lead at the break. Real completely dominated the second half, having 70 per cent of possession and taking 14 shots. Despite this, they didn't look like scoring for the most part before a moment of brilliance from Rodrygo. The substitute dribbled past four players before scoring past Oblak to equalise. Griezmann had a great chance to score late on but failed to test Courtois from 12 yards out. Atletico had the worst first half possible in extra time. Savic received two quickfire yellow cards to be sent off before Benzema gave Real the lead with a good finish after Vinicius scuffed the initial shot. They were control for the whole half and this continued for the final 15 minutes. Vinicius scored in the 121st minute to secure a 3-1 win for Los Blancos and a place in the semi-finals.
120' + 3' FULL TIME: REAL MADRID 3-1 ATLETICO MADRID (AFTER EXTRA TIME)
Dani Ceballos
Assist
Real Madrid
120' + 1' Ceballos finds Vinicius in the hope that his team-mate would see the game out by keeping possession. Instead, the Brazilian went on a fantastic run to seal the game in style for Real.
Vinícius Júnior
Goal
Real Madrid
120' + 1' GOALLL!! 3-1 REAL MADRID!! VINICIUS!! Its game over that the Bernabeu as Vinicius makes it 3-1 to Real! He goes on a run from the halfway line and beats three players before nutmegging Reinildo to score. A well-deserved goal for the winger.
120' There will be a minimum of two additional minutes.
119' BIG TACKLE! Vinicius breaks forward for Real after a mistake from the visitors. He squares the ball to Benzema on the edge of the box but Reinildo makes a sliding challenge to stop the striker from shooting.
117' Atletico are struggling to find the much-needed quality in the final third to get the equaliser. The cannot find the right pass or make the right run right now.
Odriozola
Nacho
Real Madrid
115' Odriozola replaces Nacho in defence for the hosts.
Mario Martín
Rodrygo
Real Madrid
115' Rodrygo seems to have picked up an injury and comes off the pitch for Martin.
113' Vinicius sprints forward and uses Rodrygo as help in bringing the ball forward. The pass from his team-mate takes him wide of the goal but allows him to keep possession away from his opponents.
111' Depay plays Carrasco into a dangerous position on the left side of the box, but the Belgian rushes his shot and completely misses the target.
110' The ball rebounds around the Real box from a corner before finding its way into the hands of Courtois. Real are now trying to run the clock down and see this game out.
108' Depay takes a short free-kick to Carrasco, who was not expecting the pass and Real come away with the ball.
107' Atletico are starting this half with a lot of intent as they look for a leveler. Reinildo draws a foul from Asensio on the left wing.
105' Real get the final 15 minutes of this match underway!
Atletico had the worst first half possible in extra time. Savic received two quickfire yellow cards to be sent off before Benzema gave Real the lead with a good finish after Vinicius scuffed the initial shot. They were control for the whole half.
Koke
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
105' + 2' Koke receives a yellow card from the bench after arguing with the referee.
105' + 2' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-1 ATLETICO MADRID
105' There is a minimum of one additional minute.
Vinícius Júnior
Assist
Real Madrid
103' Vinicius has the initial chance to score from Asensio's cross, but he completely scuffs his effort as the ball goes through his legs. Benzema is behind the attacker and scores past Oblak.
K. Benzema
Goal
Real Madrid
103' GOALLL!! 2-1 REAL MADRID!! BENZEMA!!! Real take the lead for the first time in this match thanks to Benzema! Asensio sends a low cross along the six-yard box toward Vinicius, who completely miskicks the ball. Luckily for him, it lands at the feet of Benzema, who makes no mistake.
102' Molina drives down the right wing and plays a one-two with Barrios. He breaks into the box and shoots low, but Courtois gets his body behind the ball and makes the save.
100' Vinicius chips the ball toward the penalty spot for Rudiger to header. The defender tries to generate too much power on his effort, causing the ball to go wide of the target.
99' RED CARD! Savic loses all composure and is shown a second yellow card as he takes Camavinga out with a sliding challenge.
S. Savić
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
97' Savic receives a booking after trying to waste time.
Vinícius Júnior
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
97' Vinicius is shown a yellow card after causing a scuffle with Savic.
96' Asensio tries to cross the ball into the path of Rodrygo but his effort is overhit and Oblak catches it.
94' Vinicius produces a brilliant piece of skill to dribble past Savic and win a corner from his deflected cross. The set-piece leads to nothing for Real.
92' Atletico are setting up the same way the did in the second half of normal time as they sit with almost every player behind the ball.
90' Depay gets extra time underway for Atletico!
Pablo Barrios
A. Griezmann
Atlético Madrid
90' Barrios replaces Griezmann for Atletico.
12 of Rodrygo's 27 Real goals have come in the last 15 minutes of the games, accounting for 44.4 per cent of his tally.
Real completely dominated the second half, having 70 per cent of possession and taking 14 shots. Despite this, they didn't look like scoring for the most part before a moment of brilliance from Rodrygo. The substitute dribbled past four players before scoring past Oblak to equalise. Griezmann had a great chance to score late on but failed to test Courtois from 12 yards out.
90' + 5' END OF 90 MINUTES: REAL MADRID 1-1 ATLETICO MADRID
90' + 4' Real break forward with Benzema and Militao down the right flank. The latter tries to find Vinicius with a cut back but Witsel clears the ball away.
90' + 2' The rebound from a corner kindly falls on the edge of the box to Depay, but the forward snatches at the shot and fires over the bar.
90' There will be a minimum of five additional minutes.
89' Rodrygo and Vinicius try to combine on the left wing to break the Atletico low block down but they are constantly outnumbered by red and white shirts.
87' The tempo of the game is very slow now as Real look for a winner and Atletico try to take the game to extra time.
85' HUGE CHANCE! Griezmann has a great opportunity to score from 12 yards out but fails to even hit the target! Huge let off for the hosts.
Saúl
Koke
Atlético Madrid
83' Saul comes on for Koke, who had an impressive game today.
G. Kondogbia
R. De Paul
Atlético Madrid
83' Kondogbia replaces De Paul in the Atletico midfield.
81' Rodrygo has scored his second goal this season, more than any other Real player in the Copa Del Rey.
L. Modrić
Assist
Real Madrid
79' Modric lays the ball off to Rodgryo almost 30 yards out from goal and the winger goes on a sensational run to dribble past four players and equalise for Real!
Rodrygo
Goal
Real Madrid
79' GOALL!!! 1-1 REAL MADRID!! RODRYGO!! Rodrygo equalises for Real with an unbelievable solo run! He dribbles past four players before poking the ball past Oblak, whose sight is blocked by his own defender, at the near post! Game on!
78' Griezmann spots Carrasco's run through the middle of the Real defence and tries to play him in on goal, but his pass is too heavy and Courtois collects it.
76' Militao has attempted 92 passes in this game - it's the first time this season that a Real player has attempted 80 passes or more in a single match in the Copa del Rey and more than any other player in this game (ahead of Kroos - 70 passes).
Marco Asensio
T. Kroos
Real Madrid
74' Kroos makes way for Asensio as Real desperately search for a goal now.
M. Depay
Á. Correa
Atlético Madrid
74' Depay comes on for Correa to add more energy to the Atletico attack in the final 15 minutes.
Y. Carrasco
T. Lemar
Atlético Madrid
74' Carrasco replaces Lemar on the left side of the pitch for Atletico.
73' SAVE! Griezmann takes the free-kick and goes for power over placement. Courtois does well to jump and tip the ball over the bar!
71' Griezmann is running in on goal but Militao is too quick for him and slows the attack down. The ball eventually falls to Lemar, who draws a foul in a great position for Atletico.
Rodrygo
F. Valverde
Real Madrid
69' Rodrygo replaces Valverde on the right wing for Real.
Dani Ceballos
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
69' Ceballos receives a yellow card after making an unnecessary challenge in the opposition half.
69' Benzema works a short corner with Camavinga before passing to Modric in the box. The Croatian has a heavy first touch but Benzema is quick enough to run onto and shoot first-time. Hermoso does well to block the attempt before it reaches Oblak.
67' Atletico are trying to hold a higher line in order to make it more difficult for Real to attack. It is somewhat working but simultaneously leaving more space in behind for Vinicius to run into.
65' Witsel is occupying the defensive midfield role rather than making a back five while Griezmann now leads the Atletico frontline with Correa.
A. Witsel
Álvaro Morata
Atlético Madrid
63' Simeone makes a defensive change for Atletico as Witsel replaces goalscorer Morata.
Hermoso
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
62' Hermoso's name goes into the referee's book after he stops Vinicius on the counter-attack.
60' Atletico are struggling to keep the ball higher up the pitch now as they attack with fewer numbers. Their priority seems to be keeping their lead and running the clock down at every opportunity.
58' SAVE! Oblak makes a great save to stop Benzema from scoring! The goalkeeper shuffles his feet quickly before extending his right arm out to parry the effort taken from the edge of the box.
56' Real are completely on top in this second half so far. They have had over 90 per cent of possession, had more touches in the box (six) and taken more shots (five) than they did in the first half.
Reinildo
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
54' Reinildo is shown a yellow card after he mistimes his tackle on Militao.
54' Nacho drives a low cross into the box but the ball just evades Benzema at the far post. Vinicius tries to get the crowd going as Real look to find an equaliser.
52' Valverde attacks an out-swinging corner from Kroos but is smothered by Atletico players, who clear the ball away from danger.
50' Morata is back on his feet and able to continue as play resumes.
50' The referee stops play as Morata requires treatment from the physios after a challenge from Militao.
48' Vinicius is already playing a lot more directly in this half. Once he receives the ball, his immediate intention is to dribble at the Atletico goal.
46' Modric gets the second half underway for Real!
Ancelotti will be far from pleased with his side's first-half performance, not to mention the injury to Mendy too. They were however in a worse position against Villarreal before they turned that game around. The next goal with be vital in this game with Atletico more or less likely to see out a two-goal lead with their defensive proficiency.
Atletico did not let the occasion or the home fans get to them in the first half after they produced a very professional display. Neither side came flying out of the blocks but it was clear that the visitors were willing to take more risks in the final third, and it paid off for them. Morata finished off a well-worked move to give Atletico the lead in the 19th minute. Real were tame to say the least in the first period. They were slow in their passing and lacked the assured decision-making that helped their opponents lead at the break.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-1 ATLETICO MADRID
45' + 1' Real break forward at pace with Benzema carrying the ball. His pass to Valverde is poor and kills the momentum of the attack. They eventually lose the ball without even attempting a shot.
45' There will be a minimum of two additional minutes.
R. De Paul
Yellow Card
Atlético Madrid
44' De Paul receives the first booking of the game after pulling Ceballos to the ground.
Dani Ceballos
F. Mendy
Real Madrid
44' Ceballos replaces the injured Mendy for Real. Camavinga moves to left-back.
43' Griezmann does well to draw a foul near the halfway line to allow Atletico to get further up the pitch. They are looking to see their lead through to the break.
41' Correa runs to the byline before trying to find a team-mate with a cut back. Camavinga blocks his cross but Atletico remain in possession.
39' Mendy and the physios are signaling to the bench that he will not be able to continue due to an injury. The hosts are playing with 10 men for the time being.
37' The game is heating up after Atletico players are unhappy with the referee after a challenge from Nacho. They retaliate with a very hard tackle on Vinicius.
35' Simeone's team are in complete control of this game at the moment. They are winning the ball back quickly when losing it and passing it around with a lot of confidence.
33' Atletico work the ball wide again, this time on the left to Lemar, and the Frenchman sends another low, first-time cross along the six-yard box. This time Morata fails to reach the pass and Real come away with possession.
31' BIG CHANCE! Militao has an incredible opportunity to score after Kroos finds him from a free-kick, but the ball approaches the defender too quickly for his liking and he can't guide his header on target!
29' Both teams are doing well to work the ball into wider areas but the main difference is Atletico are willing to get numbers into the box to consistently cross while Real are slow to get those bodies forward.
27' The home crowd inside the stadium are trying to help their team by increasing the noise in the stadium but the players remain calm with their passing.
25' Valverde uses his body to shield the ball away from Griezmann so that he can create some space to shoot. He catches his effort well but Oblak saves comfortably.
23' Militao puts in a good tackle to stop Griezmann from getting a cross into the box. Atletico are playing with more confidence now but Real have not lost theirs either.
21' Atletico have avoided defeat in their last three matches when scoring the opening goal in the Copa del Rey dating back to the 23rd January 2020 against Cultural Leonesa (L1-2).
N. Molina
Assist
Atlético Madrid
19' Molina times his run in behind the Real defence to perfection so that he can get on the end of Koke's pass and play a first-time ball into the feet of Morata. A very well-worked move from the visitors.
Álvaro Morata
Goal
Atlético Madrid
19' WHAT A GOAL!! 1-0 ATLETICO!! MORATA!! Morata gives Atletico the lead after a brilliant passing move! Correa passes to Koke, who picks out the overlapping run of Molina with a lofted pass. Molina sends a low cross along the six-yard box for Morata to tap home with ease.
17' Correa tries his luck from 20 yards out but drags his effort wide of the left post. Atletico are struggling to break into the opposition box.
15' Real are moving forward well but lacking presence in the box as Benzema is dropping into deeper positions to help bring the ball up.
13' Hermoso makes a very important sliding interception to stop Vinicius from playing Modric in on goal. Real are growing as the minutes tick by.
11' Real are progressing further forward when attacking down the wide areas compared to the central positions. They are now enjoying a lot more of the ball.
9' HUGE TACKLE! Vinicius capitalises on a mistake from Lemar and drives into the box. He plays a give-and-go with Benzema before lining up to shoot. As he prepares to strike the ball, Reinildo makes a vital sliding challenge!
7' Real are yet to make their mark in this game. Atletico are doing well to close any space in the midfield, making it difficult to play through them.
5' It is clear that Atletico do not want to rush their attacks. They are being very patient on the ball in their build-up play, something Real seem happy enough to defend.
3' Atletico are trying to put the hosts under pressure early on as they press very high up the pitch and in numbers.
1' Lemar gets the game underway for Atletico!
The players are coming out of the tunnel and onto the pitch!
This is the sixth time that Real and Atletico will face each other in a single-game cup tie since Simeone has been in charge of the visitors. All five previous games went to extra time.
Ancelotti makes two changes to the Real side that won their last game as Modric and Kroos come in for Ceballos and Asensio. Simeone also makes two changes to his starting 11 as Savic and De Paul replace Witsel and the injured Marcos Llorente.
SUBS: Ivo Grbic, Jose Gimenez, Sergio Reguilon, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Memphis Depay, Saul Niguez, Felipe, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco, Pablo Barrios, Carlos Martin.
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Nahuel Molina, Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso, Reinildo Mandava; Koke, Rodrigo De Paul, Thomas Lemar, Antoine Griezmann; Angel Correa, Alvaro Morata.
SUBS: Andriy Lunin, Luis Lopez, Jesus Vallejo, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Odriozola, Dani Ceballos, Rodrygo, Mariano Diaz, Mario Martin, Sergio Arribas.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Nacho Fernandez, Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy; Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos; Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Diego Simone’s Atletico often bring the fire to this fixture to try and lower the quality of the match and rattle their opponents. In that most recent defeat to their rivals, Mario Hermoso came on as a substitute and scored before receiving two yellow cards in as many minutes to be sent off. Atletico are also in good form after beating Real Valladolid 3-0 in their last match, their joint-biggest win in the league since early September. They have only conceded one goal in four Copa del Rey matches this season.
Real Madrid were at their clinical best when the two sides last met back in September and they won 2-1. After a recent dip in form, Carlo Ancelotti’s side seem to be back on their feet after an inspiring win in the last round of this competition. Trailing 2-0 at half-time to Villarreal, Los Blancos made a stunning comeback to win 3-2 away from home. They also kept their first clean sheet in five games in their last fixture against Athletic Club.
Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the Copa del Rey quarter-final clash between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.