Atleti’s Copa del Rey campaign came to an end on Wednesday as we lost 1-0 at UE Cornellà.
The game started very badly as the hosts took the lead early on from a set piece and Giménez was forced to leave the pitch injured. Savic came on for the Uruguayan. We had a massive chance some 20’ into the game, when Saúl struck the crossbar and Correa got to the rebound but was unable to finish. UE Cornellà also had a few chances in the opening 45’, but it was Felipe who was closest to scoring before half-time. The Brazilian received a pass from Savic and headed the ball inches wide.
There were no substitutions at half-time. Simeone’s men were denied a clear run on goal as Correa sent Vitolo one on one with the keeper and the linesman raised his flag although the Spaniard started his run in our own half. No VAR in the Copa del Rey meant the decision could not be overturned. Our next chance was a Torreira free-kick, which was just off target. Unfortunately, Ricard was sent off after the hour mark for an alleged second bookable offence. Simeone reacted by bringing Saponjic on for Vitolo. As a consequence of both things, our team started to play much more direct. Academy player Mario Soriano made his debut 75’ in as he came on for Joao Félix, but the clock kept ticking. We looked for the equaliser until the end but the game ultimately ended 1-0 and our Copa del Rey run ended in Cornellà.