Sultry of Atlético in the Kingdom of León

The Cultural Leonesa eliminates the rojiblancos in an epic extension

MADRID, Jan. 23 (SportsFinding) –

Atlético de Madrid fell eliminated this Thursday in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey after losing to the Cultural and Sports Leonesa – a Second B team – thanks to a goal in the extension (2-1) of Sergio Benito to the 108 minutes of game in a Kingdom of León that remains impregnable.

The mattress set did not live up to the tie, nor its rival, who opted to make many rotations to be focused on the League. The Leonese, however, were dominant in several phases of the match and did not even suffer in excess when Atlético changed the record in the second half.

The pupils of the 'Cholo' Simeone tried to look for holes in the back of the opponent and with the presence of Thomas, who relieved Herrera at the break. Saul enjoyed the first opportunity, but his shot went high a few minutes after starting the second half. Then Benito marked the clearest opportunity for the locals.

The former Rayo forward, who would eventually be the hero of the game, missed a very clear shot a few meters from the goal line. The rojiblancos pressed the accelerator to the bottom and began to step on the rival field with the gallops of Vitolo. The Canary missed a hand in hand at the time of the game against a Lucas Giffard Giffard who became the main protagonist of the clash.

The French 'Cultu' goalkeeper made up to eight merit stops to stop the mattress momentum. He could not do it in the next action that weaved Joao Felix and Correa, author of the goal. The Argentine, who almost sold out in summer, is the one who pulls the car most when things get complicated.

The Cultural did not give up and it was when it went up lines, it increased its pressure and suffocated those of Simeone. Fruit of the change of style was the tie in Castañeda boots with a left-footed shot from within the area that Adam could not reach. The nerves appeared on the bench and in the absence of troops, the Argentine coach gave the opportunity to his youth players Camello and Riquelme.

Minutes before Saponjic entered, who had not enjoyed minutes like rojiblanco, and it was he who had the clearest chances. Both in one hand to hand where Giffard wore. And forgive so much that the team of José Manuel Aira found his moment in a play by the left wing that Gudiño built and signed Benito.

The auction was impeccable and the victory, too. Atlético de Madrid was left unanswered and sealed its earliest elimination in eight years, precisely that elimination against Albacete that led to the dismissal of Gregorio Manzano and the signing of the 'Cholo' Simeone.




CULTURAL LEONESA: Giffard; Rhodes, Montes Arce, Martínez, Augusto (Kawaya, min. 58); Castañeda, Benito, Gudiño, Aitor (Sergio Marcos, min. 80); Luque (Dioni, min. 70) and Theresin.

ATHLETIC OF MADRID: Adam; Arias, Felipe, Hermoso, Manu Sánchez; Vitolo (Saponjic, min. 59), Herrera (Thomas, min. 46), Llorente (Camel, min. 99), Saul; Joao Felix and Correa (Riquelme, min. 102).


0 – 1, min. 62, Strap.

1 – 1, min. 83, Castañeda.

2 – 1, min. 108, Benito.

– ARBITRATOR: Alberola Rojas (C. Castellano-Manchego). Yellow card with Augusto (min.36), Luque (min.37), Dioni (min.74), Martínez (min.93) and Sergio Marcos (min.118) in the Cultural; and Llorente (min.43) and Saúl (min.74) in Atlético.

–ESTADIUM: Kingdom of León. 12,252 spectators