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Sport Atletico Madrid knocked out of Copa del Rey by third-division side Cultural Leonesa

10:45  24 january  2020
10:45  24 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Atletico Madrid suffered a shock defeat in the Copa del Rey as Sergio Benito's extra-time strike secured a famous 2-1 win for minnows Cultural Leonesa . However, third -tier side Cultural fought back - Julen Castaneda's venomous volley forcing extra-time. Editors' Picks.

Atletico Madrid suffered a shock defeat in the Copa del Rey round of 32 as Sergio Benito's extra-time strike secured a famous 2-1 win for minnows Cultural Leonesa . Diego Simeone's side were sluggish for much of Thursday's encounter at Reino de Leon, though Angel Correa's 62nd-minute strike

Sergio Benito is bundled after his extra-time winner © Irina R. H./ AFP7/Europa Press Sports via Getty Images Sergio Benito is bundled after his extra-time winner

Atletico Madrid suffered a shock defeat in the Copa del Rey round of 32 as Sergio Benito's extra-time strike secured a famous 2-1 win for minnows Cultural Leonesa.

Diego Simeone's side were sluggish for much of Thursday's encounter at Reino de Leon, though Angel Correa's 62nd-minute strike seemed set to send Atleti through.

However, third-tier side Cultural fought back - Julen Castaneda's venomous volley forcing extra-time.

Angel Correa had given Diego Simeone's side the lead © Cesar Manso/AFP via Getty Images Angel Correa had given Diego Simeone's side the lead

And it was Benito - who had earlier missed a glorious chance to open the scoring - who had the final say, his precise volley in the 108th minute sparking huge celebrations from the home fans as Cultural claimed the unlikeliest of scalps.

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Atletico Madrid suffered a shock defeat in the Copa del Rey as Sergio Benito's extra-time strike secured a famous 2-1 win for minnows Cultural Leonesa . However, third -tier side Cultural fought back - Julen Castaneda's venomous volley forcing extra-time. Editors' Picks.

Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, defeated 2-1 in extra-time by third division Cultural Leonesa . Atletico , who are third in La Liga and are looking forward to a Champions League clash next month against Liverpool, were one of four top-flight sides dumped out

Atleti wasted little time in stamping their authority on proceedings and Vitolo should have done better when he raced through one-on-one with Lucas Giffard only to prod wide in the clearest opportunity of a tepid first half.

Benito should have made Atleti pay for Vitolo's profligacy when he met Virgil Theresin's cross, but the Cultural striker diverted his close-range header over.

Vitolo looked all set to break the deadlock just before the hour, though he yet again fluffed his lines when up against Giffard.

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La Liga giants Atletico Madrid suffer a shock exit in the Copa del Rey , losing to third -tier side Cultural Leonesa in extra-time. THU 23 Jan 2020Spanish Copa del Rey .

Madrid : Diego Simeone's side stunned by THIRD DIVISION hosts to bow out of Copa del Rey Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by a third division side Cultural Leonesa scored an extra-time winner with the game balanced at 1-1 Atletico Madrid suffered an embarrassing extra-time defeat to third-tier Cultural Leonesa as

Atleti's luck changed three minutes later - Correa keeping his cool to pick out the bottom-left corner after latching onto Joao Felix's sublime flick.

Cultural's hopes seemed to be dashed, but Castaneda had other ideas, with the left-back's volley hauling the hosts level.

Julen Castaneda's effort forced extra time before Benito's heroics © Irina R. H./AFP7/Europa Press Sports via Getty Images Julen Castaneda's effort forced extra time before Benito's heroics

Ivan Saponjic missed two glorious chances to restore Atleti's lead, before Giffard made a sensational double save to force extra-time, setting the stage for Benito.

Gabriel Gudino's lofted pass opened up Atleti's defence and, showing the composure he had sorely lacked with his earlier chance, Benito sent a crisp volley arrowing in at the near post to seal an incredible win.

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Leonesa were defeated 5-1 on aggregate by Barcelona at the same stage last season, but were not in awe of their illustrious opponents on Thursday. Atleti have now lost their last three matches in all competitions, and this result was a true humbling for Simeone's team.

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Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, defeated 2-1 in extra-time by third division Cultural Leonesa . Atletico , who are third in La Liga and are looking forward to a Champions League clash next month against Liverpool, were one of four top-flight sides dumped out

Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, defeated 2-1 in extra-time by third division Cultural Leonesa . Atletico , who are third in La Liga and are looking forward to a Champions League clash next month against Liverpool, were one of four top-flight sides dumped out

Felix delivers the Joao factor but Castaneda and Benito the show

In a match lacking in quality, a moment of brilliance from Joao Felix with his superb, deft touch around the corner into Correa's path carving open Leonesa's defence. However, Castaneda cancelled out the Portugal international's fine work with his stunning volley with seven minutes remaining, with Benito then claiming the limelight in extra-time.

Vitolo's wastefulness proves costly

Having already missed from a one-on-one situation, Vitolo looked all ready to atone for the squandered opportunity when he was played in again in the second half, but could only send a tame effort straight at Giffard, wasting the chance to put Atleti well in control.

What's next?

Atleti face Leganes in La Liga on Sunday, while Athletic Bilbao II await Leonesa in their next Segunda B outing.

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