MADRID: La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid crashed out of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday soon after struggling a shock 2nd-spherical 1- defeat by third-division Cornella.
Cornella sit seventh in their Segunda B division, Spain’s 3rd tier, but deserved a historic get many thanks to a volleyed end by Adrian Jimenez in the seventh minute.
Atleti’s activity turned more durable when 20-12 months-old Ricard Sanchez was despatched off in the 63rd moment, when Saul Niguez experienced hit the crossbar in the initial 50 percent.
Diego Simeone also left out some essential players including Luis Suarez, Koke, Marcos Llorente and Yannick Carrasco, with Joao Felix taken off in the next half when they necessary an equaliser.
But Atletico also struggled for fluency and odds against a much a lot less prestigious opponent. “We apologise to the admirers,” claimed Saul. “We are the types to blame.”
Cornella experienced dropped to Barcelona’s next crew in their previous match in December and in a uncommon look in the Copa del Rey’s very last 32 in 2015 they took a 9-1 drubbing on mixture by Actual Madrid.
Atletico’s defeat would make it consecutive seasons they have shed to a 3rd-tier aspect in the cup soon after staying knocked out by Cultural Leonesa 12 months ago.
“The cup is not providing us substantially pleasure,” claimed Simeone.
It also comes as a jolt ahead of two hard game titles in La Liga towards Athletic Bilbao this weekend and then Sevilla, even if one particular a lot less opposition could help their title problem in the coming months.
Atletico, who sit two points forward of Genuine Madrid with two online games in hand, could be devoid of Felix towards Bilbao following Simeone confirmed he took a knock to his ankle.
Defender Jose Gimenez also went off injured early on and now appears not likely to function on Saturday.
Jimenez gave Cornella the lead with a hooked end, connecting brilliantly with Agus Medina’s cross at the in the vicinity of publish to put his crew in front.
Saul struck the crossbar soon after a weaving operate and shot from Angel Correa brought about the ball to pop out to the midfielder in the penalty box.
Nevertheless Cornella ended up by no means specially troubled and performed the past 50 % an hour with an further guy soon after Atletico’s Sanchez picked up a next yellow card for leaving a foot in on Cornella’s goalkeeper Ramon Juan.
Serious Betis experienced earlier beaten UD Mutilvera 3-1 to reach the subsequent spherical whilst Levante, Elche and Granada also produced it properly through.