Film Focus: Breaking Down Real Madrid's Domination of Atleti in Copa Del Rey

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Film Focus: Breaking Down Real Madrid's Domination of Atleti in Copa Del Rey
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Wednesday's Copa del Rey semi-final first leg between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid was supposed to be a hard-fought, 90-minute thriller at the Bernabeu

When the final whistle blew, the result was far from that, as Real Madrid dominated their rival in a 3-0 victory. 

The win left us all in awe of the performance by the midfield of Los Blancos. But it also left us with plenty of questions about how Atletico Madrid will respond in the second leg and in the La Liga title race. 

Here is a look at just how dominant Carlo Ancelotti's men were on Wednesday in the latest edition of film focus.

 

Pressure Comes Early and Often from Real Madrid

From the outset, Real Madrid were on the front foot and attacking with a fervor that the visitors were in search of for the entire match. 

Within the first 10 minutes, Los Blancos had earned two corners and were breathing down the necks of the Atleti defenders, literally and figuratively. 

The constant pressure, led by Jese and Angel Di Maria, helped the hosts establish an attacking stronghold early on, which is something they used for the entire match to weaken their opponents heading into the second leg at the Vicente Calderon. 

 

Deflections Add to Atleti's Misery

Two of Real Madrid's three goals on Wednesday night came off of deflections by Emiliano Insua and Miranda. 

The first goal came in the 17th minute off a strike by Pepe as the defender's shot flew off of Insua and past Atleti keeper Thibaut Courtois.

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Miranda's mishap came in the 73rd minute as he made contact with a shot from Di Maria that skirted past Courtois for the third and final Real Madrid goal. 

Some will say that the deflections helped Los Blancos in a major way, which they did, but there is no way you can say Los Colchoneros would have come back and made the first leg an actual game. 

 

Jese and Di Maria Orchestrate Midfield Masterpiece

The two stars of the game were Jese and Di Maria, who combined on the second Real Madrid goal in the 57th minute. 

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Jese after scoring the second goal.

This goal was the epitome of the midfield domination by the pair as Di Maria's pass perfectly found the feet of the 20-year-old Jese, who made a terrific run cutting through two defenders. 

Before he exited in the 81st minute, Di Maria had 91 touches, good enough for second-best on the team behind Luka Modric, and a pass accuracy of 88 percent. The 25-year-old also made a team-high six key passes. 

Jese outshined birthday boy Cristiano Ronaldo up front in the attacking trio by scoring his third goal of the competition and delivering plenty of strong runs down the wing that made Real Madrid fans forget about Gareth Bale for a little while. 

 

Diego Costa's Discipline Derails Attack

Diego Costa turned in one of the most disappointing performances of the night as he let the Real Madrid squad, especially Pepe, get under his skin all night long. 

Costa touched the ball just 39 times in 90 minutes, and he did not attempt a single shot on goal. 

The two best chances of the night for Atleti came from a defender, Diego Godin, who had two headed attempts on goal. 

While fans of Atletico Madrid could deal with Costa not taking a shot all game, they could not put up with the yellow card he received in the 61st minute as it ruled him ineligible for the second leg. 

Real Madrid were 100 percent aware of Costa's yellow card situation, and they took advantage of it from the first minute on.

Unfortunately for Costa, his temper and lack of composure cost his team the first leg and most likely the second leg as well without him in the starting 11. 

 

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90. 

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