Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid Copa Del Rey Final Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Like Wigan Athletic in England last weekend, Atletico Madrid upset the odds to win the Copa del Rey in dramatic circumstances at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It looked like business as usual when Cristiano Ronaldo headed Real Madrid into a first half lead, but Los Blancos had things far from their way, on a night where luck, in particularly, deserted them.
Diego Costa equalized before the break; Radamel Falcao instrumental in the build up.
Mesut Ozil, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo then preceded to hit the woodwork for Madrid, while Juanfran saved brilliantly on the line when Ozil looked certain to score.
Miranda's header, from a Koke corner, gave Atletico an extra time lead, before the focus switched to Thibaut Courtois -- the Belgian saving brilliantly from Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Ozil.
There was still time for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gabi to get sent off, but not time for Madrid to find the goal that would have denied Atleti their historic night.
Copa del Rey final: Santagio Bernabeu, Madrid (1530 ET, 2130 CET)
Atletico Madrid: Thibaut Courtois; Juanfran, Diego Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis; Mario Suarez, Gabi, Koke (Raul Garcia), Arda Turan (Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodriguez); Diego Costa (Adrian), Radamel Falcao
Subs: Sergio Asenjo; Cata Diaz, Cristian 'Cebolla' Rodrgiuez, Tiago Mendes, Oliver Torres, Raul Garcia, Adrian
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez; Michael Essien, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol, Fabio Coentrao (Alvaro Arbeloa_; Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira; Mesut Ozil, Luka Modric (Angel Di Maria), Cristiano Ronaldo; Karim Benzema (Gonzalo Higuain)
Subs: Iker Casillas; Alvaro Arbeloa, Ricardo Carvalho, Jose Callejon, Kaka, Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain
Wow. What. A. Match.
It had a lot, packed with entertainment -- particularly towards the end.
Thanks for joining us and keep an eye on B/R for all the fall out...
ATLETICO MADRID HAVE WON THE COPA DEL REY
125 -- Red card for Gabi
Atleti's captain picks up his second yellow, it had been coming, and he's off. Real Madrid have one last chance to put a ball forward, with a free kick on the half way line...
123 -- Real Madrid lacking a punch...
...down to to 10 men and no Ronaldo. Can they salvage one last chance?
120 -- FIVE minutes added on. FIVE.
My heart might not be able to take this. And I'm a neutral. Fascinating, if unruly, ending to this cup final.
119 -- Real Madrid want a penalty
Di Maria gets to the byline and dangerously weaves through Atletico bodies, crosses, but it is blocked by Suarez. Madrid appeal for hand ball, but it clearly wasn't. Di Maria's booked for his protests.
116 -- Gabi's stayed down
Play is yet to resume, Gabi remains down receiving treatment. It looks, inconclusively as yet, like Ronaldo threw a foot towards the face of Gabi as he fell to the ground -- that would explain the straight red.
114 -- Ronaldo sent off!
Red card for Ronaldo! Waiting for replays to see why and what for, seems harsh though. It was a straight red.
In the meantime things are getting out of hand. Pepe squares up to Simeone, Diego Costa's thrown a punch somewhere... Chaos.
113 -- Final change for Atletico
Koke, who delivered the corner for Miranda's goal, makes way for Raul Garcia.
110 -- Another Atleti change
'Cebolla' Rodriguez replaces Arda Turan for Los Rojiblancos.
109 -- MAGNIFICENT STOP FROM COURTOIS
Ronaldo plays in Di Maria who squares the ball for Ozil to tap home the equaliz.... But.. No. Thibaut Courtois makes a wonderful save to deny Real Madrid again.
107 -- Second half of extra time is underway
Real Madrid have 15 minutes to save what looks like becoming a season without a trophy.
Half time in extra time:
Atletico Madrid 2-1 Real Madrid
105 -- Atletico make a change
At last Simeone turns to his bench, Adrian replaces Diego Costa.
104 -- Great save from Courtois!
The Belgian denies Higuain from point blank range with an instinctive stop. Los Blancos so close to being level.
103 -- Alonso buys a ticket...
....doesn't win the raffle. Ronaldo chops inside a couple of challenges, drops the ball back to Xabi Alonso, but the midfielders shot, from roughly 30 yards, is always rising.
100 -- Wonderful run from Costa
The Brazilian slaloms through three challenges before being abruptly stopped by Essien on the edge of the box. Essien earns a caution for his trouble, Falcao drifts the free kick over the bar.
98 -- Los Rojiblancos lead!
From the resulting corner, Koke's pinpoint cross is met by Miranda who fires a header past Lopez and Atleti take the lead!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOL DE ATLETICO!
98 -- Real Madrid free kick
Delivered to the far post where Raul Albiol wins the header, but Real Madrid don't make Atleti pay in their own area. Then Atleti break and, but for a last ditch Essien challenge, would have a goal rather than a corner.
Things are opening up.
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