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Real Madrid vs. Atletico Madrid, 2013 Copa del Rey final: Atleti earn upset win

It took 125 minutes of football -- well, something kind of like football -- but Atletico Madrid have claimed the Copa del Rey with a 2-1 upset against hated neighbours Real.

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Atleti lift the Copa del Rey at the Bernabeu

Atletico Madrid, who have not defeated cross-city rivals Real Madrid since 1999, found an extra-time winner in a wild game to defeat Los Merengues 2-1 and win the Copa del Rey.


Atletico lead halfway through extra time

A goal from an unlikely source has Atletico Madrid 15 minutes away from the Copa del Rey title and their first victory over their city rivals Real Madrid in nearly fourteen years.

Real Madrid used all three of their subs as extra time began withÁngel Di María, Álvaro Arbeloa and Gonzalo Higuain all entering the fray. Diego Simeone decided to stick with the same players that completed regular time.

Diego Costa came ever so close to giving Atletico a lead in the 95th minute making a fantastic run on the right and splitting the Madrid defense as he ran onto a perfectly placed ball from Koke. Despite being basically one-on-one with Diego Lopez, Costa couldn't score, mis-hitting his chance allowing the Madrid goalkeeper to make a save.

Atletico kept up the pressure, looking much the better side after the restart and deservedly took a lead in the 98th minute. Again Koke was involved in setting up the chance, this time sending a wicked cross to the near post from the right that was directed past Lopez by defender Miranda with a glancing header.

Gonzalo Higuain was spectacularly denied by Thibaut Courtois in the 105th minute after a poor back pass by Atletico dropped into the box, allowing HIguain to unleash a short range volley that Courtiois somehow kept out of the back of the net with a brilliant kick save.

There are 15 minutes left to play and should Real Madrid find the equalizer, we'll head to penalty kicks.

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The Copa del Rey final heads to extra time

After 90 minutes, two goals, numerous shots off the post and Jose Mourinho being sent off by the referee, we're heading to extra Bernebaú and at least an additional 30 minutes and possibly penalty kicks.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid in the lead in the 14th minute with a powerful header off a corner kick that eluded Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois. Los Colchoneros answered back ten minutes from halftime when Radamel Falcao did a magical job holding up the ball in the midfield and fighting off several tackles before finding Diego Costa slicing through the Madrid defense. Costa collected the pass from Falcao and beat Diego Lopez with a shot just off the keeper's fingertips.

Madrid were denied a potential winner twice in the second half when Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post on a shot from open play and a free kick. Atletico defender Juanfran also cleared a shot from Mesut Özil off the line.

We will now head to extra time and play an additional 30 minutes of soccer, broken into two 15 minutes halves. There is no golden goal rule in extra time, so no matter how many goals are scored, the two teams will complete the full time.

If the match remains tied after extra time, the Copa del Rey champions will be determined by the always stressful and dramatic penalty kicks.

Just a reminder, Atletico Madrid haven't defeated their rivals Real Madrid in 25 matches, a run that goes back to 1999 when Atletico defeated Madrid 3-1 at the Bernabéu.

Buckle up everyone, this should be fun.

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The post is having a blinder for Atletico

Real Madrid might be starting to think that the fates are against them after yet another goal was denied by the post. There are 15 minutes left in regular time and the game remains tied at 1-1.

After the close calls from Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Özil the momentum was once against appeared to be firmly in Real Madrid's favor. Instead of keeping the pressure, Madrid allowed Atletico to settle and helped their cause by committing several fouls, including one that earned Sami Khedira a yellow card for denying a breakaway chance.

Madrid were denied yet again by the post in the 69th minute after Karim Benzema was fouled just on the edge of the Atletico area, giving Ronaldo a chance to work his magic.

Knowing the wall would likely jump to deal with one of Ronaldo's patented curling free kicks, he snuck a low rolling ball underneath the wall that completely caught Atleti off guard. Once again though the post made the save and Michael Essien failed to get on the rebound as Los Colchoneros dodged another bullet.

Madrid's frustration began to show as the match reached the 75th minute as Özil was booked for slapping the ball in the at the linesman after he disagreed with a decision.

Jose Mourinho was the next to get in trouble, saying something that the referee didn't agree with and getting himself banished from the touchline in the 76th minute.

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A calm opening to the second half ... then madness

After an exciting end to the first half it appeared that both sides lost their mojo at halftime as the game once against slowed down and lost all the energy we'd seen before the break. Atletico did appear to be the slightly better side in the opening 15 minutes of the half, but things remained tied.

In a near repeat of the first half it took a good five minutes for either team to finally generate a chance. This time it was Atletico through a run down the left wing by Filipe Luis. The chance looked like it would be far more dangerous than it ended up being thanks to Luis scuffing the shot, creating a fairly easily save for Diego Lopez.

Atletico got another chance two minutes later after Sergio Ramos' gave up a free kick in the attacking third. Atleti were ultimately wasteful as a low cross from the right found Miranda in space thanks to some defensive disorganization from Madrid. The defender's effort was poor and Lopez was able to cover up the loose ball.

Mesut Özil caused some trouble on a free kick in the 58th minute as Thibaut Courtois misread the ball and stepped too far off his line before back peddling to touch the ball out for a corner.

Madrid somehow were denied in the 61st minute when Cristiano Ronaldo got onto a loose ball in the center of the Atletico box and hammered a shot off the post. The rebound came right to Özil who sent a second shot in that was cleared off the line by Juanfran.

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Ronaldo and Costa have things tied 1-1 at the half

Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid up early but Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa combined to tie things up ten minutes before halftime.


Diego Costa ties things up before halftime

Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao combined for a bit of wizardry with ten minutes until halftime to pull Atletico Madrid even at 1-1, injecting some life into what had been a fairly dull affiar.

After the early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo it appeared that Real Madrid were going to keep control but a few shaky defensive moments were a precursor for what finally happened as the half wound down.

Radamel Falcao did a tremendous bit on individual effort in the midfield taking control of the ball and fighting off several tackle attempts from Raúl Albiol before somehow spotting Costa who was streaking through the middle of the Madrid defense. Falcao's pass was perfect and Costa got off a shot that cut back to the right as his momentum pulled him left, sending the ball just past Diego Lopez.

The Madrid keeper actually got a fingertip on the ball but Costa's run had him leaning to the right and he couldn't get shift himself back in the opposite direction enough to make the save.

Game on at the Bernabaú.

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Nothing's happening.

Well, Real Madrid's goal didn't do anything to spice this game up. It was a bit of a dull one before Cristiano Ronaldo's 14th minute strike, though that doesn't mean much that early on. The goal might have caused Atletico Madrid to take a few more chances, giving Real Madrid lanes to counter into, but this one hasn't opened up in the slightest.

Gabi had a decent chance on a long-range blast in the 17th minute, thanks to some poor defending by Michael Essien and Raul Albiol. They did absolutely nothing to close him down and gave him a free shot, but he hit it over the bar. Six minutes later, Diego Costa was fouled by Fabio Coentrao, setting up a free kick in a dangerous area, but it was poorly taken.

While Essien and Albiol had that one error, Madrid's defending has been good as a whole. Atletico Madrid don't have a lot of ideas. It might take a fluke for the underdogs to score and get back into this game.

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Ronaldo puts Madrid in front early

Cristiano Ronaldo has put Real Madrid in front early, and they're in good position to salvage a trophy from an otherwise disappointing season.

It took nearly five minutes to get the first shot on the game and when it finally arrived, it was nothing too impressive. Ronaldo's effort from distance took a deflection and popped up into the air forcing Thibaut Courtois to make a catch right on the goal line.

Madrid were fairly aggressive when Atletico were on the ball and it helped lead to the opening goal of the game when Los Merengues earned a corner thanks to a turnover in the midfield that allowed Karim Benzema to break into the Atletico area.

Ronaldo did the damage in the 14th minute off the corner, towering over Diego Godín who appeared stuck in place, and heading the ball to the left side of the goal and past Courtois. Great start for Madrid and a likely big psychological blow for Atletico who will start thinking about their consistent failures against their city rivals.

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Rivals duel for the King's Cup

Jose Mourinho's on-going feud with Pepe means that a less than 100% Sergio Ramos starts with Raul Albiol in the central defense as Real Madrid look to continue their dominance over city rivals Atletico Madrid.


An all-Madrid Copa del Rey final

Atletico Madrid lost out on second place in the league to Real Madrid, as well as both league derbies, but they can get them back by snatching a trophy from their rivals on Friday.

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