Saturday, 18 May 2013

A Real disgrace! Ronaldo AND Mourinho sent off as Atletico win Copa del Rey at the home of their fierce rivals.

                    Holding the trophy aloft: Gabi lifts the Copa Del Rey

Joao Miranda thumped home an extra-time winner as Atletico Madrid secured a 2-1 win over Real Madrid to claim Copa Del Rey glory in a fiery final that saw both Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo sent off.

                  Winner: Joao Miranda scores the header that won Atletico the Copa Del Rey

The Brazilian defender headed in a 99th-minute cross to clinch a first victory over Los Blancos since 1999 and the 10th domestic cup success in their history.

                 Opener: Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a powerful header

Mourinho's side had looked on course to maintain their hoodoo over their neighbours when Ozil delivered a probing corner from the right, allowing Ronaldo to rise and direct a thumping header into the far corner. It was the Portuguese star's 53rd goal of another remarkable season in front of goal and seemed set to be the beginning of another dominant display from Los Blancos.

               Leveller: Diego Costa scores past Diego Lopez to equalise

However, Diego Costa restored parity just before half time when the effervescent Falcao twisted and turned on the halfway line before sending a sublime through ball into the path of Costa. The Brazilian took a touch and fizzed a low shot beyond Diego Lopez that crashed in off the far post for his eighth effort of this season's Copa.

                   Crunch: Ronaldo is brought down

                  Disappointed: Mesut Ozil reflects on a trophyless season

Los Blancos stepped up a level following the break and should have led on the hour mark.

First, Benzema saw his close-range shot from Ronaldo's cut back rebound back off the post, before JuanFran somehow denied Ozil with a sensational goal-line clearance.

And Real struck the woodwork for a third time soon after when Ronaldo's free-kick came back off the near post, with Michael Essien blazing the loose ball over the top.

                   Sent to the stands: Referee Clos Gomez sends off Jose Mourinho

Los Merengues then saw their evening turn sour when the referee sent Mourinho from the dugout before Miranda pounced to give Atletico the lead early in extra-time.

                   Red mist: Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off late on for kicking out at Gabi

And Real's hopes were all-but ended when Ronaldo saw red for lashing out at Gabi.

The Rojiblancos midfielder was also sent off for a second bookable offence deep into added time but it was not enough to deny Atletico a famous triumph.

               Give me light: Atletico fans light flares after the win

                 Jubilant: Atletico coach Diego Simeone celebrates his side's goal


Lopez came up for a Madrid corner in the final minute of the match, but Atleti stood firm to record their first victory over their rivals in the 21st century, ending their barren run in the sweetest of manners.


  1. Yeah.. na real disgrace

  2. This is humiliation! @ the bernabeu again

  3. Shame on the special one

  4. The better team lost!