Photo: Atletic Madrid Wins Copa del Rey
Atletico Madrid won its 10th Copa del Rey championship here Friday with a 2-1 upset victory in extra time over Real Madrid.
Atletico’s first triumph since 1999 over their wealthy, title-laden crosstown rivals came before a crowd of 85,000 at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
The Blancos took a 1-0 lead with Cristiano Ronaldo’s header off a corner kick in the 14th minute, but Atletico pulled even 21 minutes later thanks to a goal by Diego Costa.
While they dominated play in the second half, Real Madrid was unable to convert its advantage into goals. Part of the failure could be put down to bad luck, as three of the Blancos’ shots hit the post.
The contest grew increasingly chippy and Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho was ejected in the 76th minute for arguing with the referee.
The score remained knotted at the end of regulation.
It didn’t take long to break the deadlock, however, as Atletico’s Joao Miranda headed in Jorge Resurreccion’s cross to put the underdogs ahead in the 98th minute.
Having gotten away with a few fouls in the second half, Ronaldo was booted on a straight red card in the 114th minute for quarreling with the officials.
Real Madrid had a pair of excellent chances to send the match into penalty kicks, but Atletico goalkeeper Courtois came up big on both occasions.
King Juan Carlos, accompanied by Queen Sofia, was on hand to present the Copa del Rey trophy to Atletico.