Copa Del Rey 2015: Results, Reaction from Thursday's Round of 32 Leg 2 Matches

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2015

Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) celebrates a goal with teammates during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS CF Reus Deportivo at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on December 17, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANO / AFP / JAVIER SORIANO        (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid cruised into the last 16 of the Copa del Rey as they eased past Segunda Division B opponents Reus Deportiu, winning 1-0 in the second leg at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Thursday. 

The third-tier side were no match for coach Diego Simeone's team and exited the competition 3-1 on aggregate.

Celta Vigo made light work of Almeria at the Balaidos as their 1-0 win dumped the Segunda Division team out 4-1 on aggregate.

A late Roberto Soldado goal took Villarreal to a narrow win over minnows Huesca, claiming a 2-0 success on the night to earn a 4-3 aggregate victory.

Granada also edged past lower division opposition, winning 1-0 against Leganes to progress 2-2 on away goals.

Here is a look at Thursday's Spanish cup results, including a recap of the action:

Copa Del Rey Results: Thursday
Match2nd Leg ScoreAggregate
Atletico Madrid vs. Reus Deportiu1-03-1
Celta Vigo vs. Almeria1-04-1
Granada vs. Leganes1-02-2 (Granada win)
Villarreal vs. Huesca2-04-3
BBC Sport

 

Thursday Recap

It was a simple night for Atleti as they claimed a place in the last 16, beating Reus 1-0 to take a 3-1 aggregate victory.

Despite the standard of opposition, Simeone paid respect with his selection to the Catalan team, who had only lost by the slimmest of margins in the first leg.

Fernando Torres came into the starting lineup to replace Luciano Vietto, as Reus made six changes in an attempt to overcome the deficit. 

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 17:  Yannick Carrasco (L) of Atletico de Madrid competes for the ball with Alex Colorado (R) of CF Reus during the Copa del Rey Round of 32 match between Club Atletico Madrid and CF Reus Deportiu at Vicente Claderon stadium on Dec
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Atleti stepped on to the front foot early as they tried to swiftly put the contest to bed at the Calderon. 

However, despite a lack of general threat, Simeone's team looked vulnerable as Reus attempted to hit fast on the counter-attack, but ultimately, the hosts never looked in true danger.

Torres had the best chance of the first half as Atletico searched for an opener, but the striker's weak effort was parried when it looked easier for him to score.

Freelance writer Jamie Smith highlighted the missed opportunity for the former Liverpool player:

Koke saw his effort hit the crossbar as the first half drew to a close, with Reus looking more comfortable on the grand stage, playing increasingly effective football as Atleti strolled. 

Lucas Hernandez thought he had grabbed the lead for Atletico moments after the second-half restart, but a foul in the buildup prompted the referee to call back play and disallow the French defender's effort.

However, the hosts got the goal they craved five minutes later as Thomas Partey scored with a long-range strike.

Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Reus Deportivo's defender Ismael Moyano (R) and Reus Deportivo's defender Jesus Olmo during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) football match Club Atletico de Madrid VS CF Reus Deportivo
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The Ghanaian was emphatic with his finish—a side-footed strike from 25 yards—and Simeone and Co. looked mightily relieved as the ball hit the back of the net.

As Atletico had a two-goal advantage on aggregate, the Liga side sat back and allowed their lower-division opponents time on the ball.

However, Reus didn't have the quality to cause Atleti any further issues, despite exerting pressure late in the game.

Elsewhere, Celta Vigo beat Almeria 1-0 at home to proceed, as a goal from Daniel Wass settled the fixture. The Danish winger grabbed his effort shortly before the end of the first half, breaking Andalusian hearts.  

Villarreal's forward Roberto Soldado reacts to missing a goal attempt during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs SD Eibar at El Madrigal stadium in Villareal on November 22, 2015.   / AFP / JOSE JORDAN        (Photo credit should read JOSE
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Goals from Manuel Trigueros and Soldado were enough to spare Villarreal's blushes against Huesca, as the Yellow Submarine made the last 16 with a 2-0 second leg result. 

Soldado missed a penalty in the second half, but atoned for his error 14 minutes later to ensure the 4-3 aggregate cup win.

Granada will be relieved to have progressed after a tricky affair against Leganes at Los Carmenes.

The struggling La Liga team overcame their opposition 1-0 on the night as Youssef El Arabi's strike was the difference between the sides. The goal sees the Andalusia outfit go through on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate scoreline.

Atletico were comfortable on Thursday, and are certainly one of the favourites for the competition in Real Madrid's absence. 

Barcelona will be desperate to reclaim their Copa crown after last year's treble success, but the tournament offers Atleti their best chance of silverware in 2015-16. 

Simeone's men were not at their best on Thursday—but did not have to be—as they only did enough to see off their opposition without breaking sweat on too many occasions.