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Atletico Madrid 2-3 Las Palmas: Simeone's men into Copa del Rey last eight despite defeat

by 10/01/2017 19:04:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Mateo Garcia nets late winner for Las Palmas as they scare Atletico Madrid
  • Antoine Griezmann and Angel Correatwice gave Atletico the lead
  • Atletico's goals were both answered by Marko Livaja strikes for Las Palmas
  • Diego Simeone's men into Copa Del Rey quarter finals 4-3 on aggregate 

By Matthew Smith For Mailonline

Published: 17:10 EST, 10 January 2017 | Updated: 19:04 EST, 10 January 2017

Atletico Madrid ensured safe passage into the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey despite losing 3-2 at home to Las Palmas.

Atletico were 2-0 up after the first leg of the round five tie, and go through 4-3 on aggregate even though Las Palmas scored twice in the last five minutes.

Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring just after half time by turning in a Nicolas Gaitan cross, but Marko Livaja equalised on the night eight minutes later. However on 61 minutes Angel Correa nutmegged Las Palmas keeper Raul Lizoain for 2-1, before Livaja levelled the leg late on, and Mateo Garcia scored in stoppage time. 

Antoine Griezmann put Atletico Madrid ahead on the night against Las Palmas Antoine Griezmann put Atletico Madrid ahead on the night against Las Palmas

Antoine Griezmann put Atletico Madrid ahead on the night against Las Palmas

Angel Correa put Atletico 4-1 ahead in the tie with a neat finish through the goalkeeper's legs Angel Correa put Atletico 4-1 ahead in the tie with a neat finish through the goalkeeper's legs

Angel Correa put Atletico 4-1 ahead in the tie with a neat finish through the goalkeeper's legs

Correa's clever goal confirmed Atletico's passage to the Copa del Rey quarter finals Correa's clever goal confirmed Atletico's passage to the Copa del Rey quarter finals

Correa's clever goal confirmed Atletico's passage to the Copa del Rey quarter finals

MATCH FACTS 

Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Moya; Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Godin, Lucas Hernandez (Gabi 46); Juanfran, Koke, Saul, Gaitan; Griezmann (Torres 64), Correa (Keidi 77)

Subs not used: Bernabe, Felipe Luis, Savic, Ruben Fernandez

Scorers: Griezmann 49, Correa 61

Booked: Correa 35, Lucas Hernandez 45, Gabi 69

Las Palmas (4-1-4-1): Lizoain; Michel (Lemos 63), D. Garcia, Aythami, Lopes; Javi Castellano; Hernan (Montoro 24), Mateo, Momo (Viera 72), Tana; Livaja

Subs not used: Boateng, El Zhar, Varas, Bigas

Scorer: Livaja 57, 88, Mateo 90+3

Booked: Momo 50

Referee: Sanchez Martinez

Griezmann opened the scoring the day after receiving an award as the world's third-best player, missing pre-match training to attend FIFA's The Best gala in Zurich. 

Griezmann, who got a loud ovation from the Vicente Calderon crowd when he was substituted in the 64th minute for Fernando Torres, has scored in all three matches Atletico has played this year. 

He hadn't found the net in five straight games before the winter break, but opened the scoring from close range in the 49th minute after a cross by Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan. 

Las Palmas striker Livaja equalized with a shot from inside the area in the 57th minute, but Argentine forward Angel Correa put the hosts ahead again in a breakaway four minutes after.

Livaja netted in the 89th and Mateo Garcia scored in injury time to give Las Palmas victory on the night.

'We let the win escape in the final minutes, but we are happy that we advanced,' Correa said.

Atletico is trying to win the competition for the first time since 2012-13, when it defeated Real Madrid in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. 

'We needed another goal there in the end,' Las Palmas defender David Garcia said. 'We are happy with the way we played. We knew it was going to be difficult after the 2-0 loss at home.'

Four second-leg matches will be played on Wednesday, with two-time defending champion Barcelona hosting Athletic Bilbao and needing to overcome a 2-1 deficit.

Griezmann came third in FIFA's The Best awards on Monday but scored the first goal here Griezmann came third in FIFA's The Best awards on Monday but scored the first goal here

Griezmann came third in FIFA's The Best awards on Monday but scored the first goal here

Atletico led 2-0 after the first leg, and Griezmann made it three just after half time Atletico led 2-0 after the first leg, and Griezmann made it three just after half time

Atletico led 2-0 after the first leg, and Griezmann made it three just after half time

Atletico striker and academy product Keidi made his debut as a second-half substitute Atletico striker and academy product Keidi made his debut as a second-half substitute

Atletico striker and academy product Keidi made his debut as a second-half substitute

Griezmann (left) competes for the ball against Las Palmas defender Aythami Artiles Griezmann (left) competes for the ball against Las Palmas defender Aythami Artiles

Griezmann (left) competes for the ball against Las Palmas defender Aythami Artiles

Angel Martin Correa (centre) can't reach the ball ahead of Las Palmas keeper Raul Lizoain Angel Martin Correa (centre) can't reach the ball ahead of Las Palmas keeper Raul Lizoain

Angel Martin Correa (centre) can't reach the ball ahead of Las Palmas keeper Raul Lizoain

Las Palmas midfielder Momo is unable to get past Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez Las Palmas midfielder Momo is unable to get past Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez

Las Palmas midfielder Momo is unable to get past Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez

Atletico manager Diego Simeone gives instructions from the sidelines during the cup clash Atletico manager Diego Simeone gives instructions from the sidelines during the cup clash

Atletico manager Diego Simeone gives instructions from the sidelines during the cup clash

Las Palmas' head coach Quique Setien watched his side give a determined performance Las Palmas' head coach Quique Setien watched his side give a determined performance

Las Palmas' head coach Quique Setien watched his side give a determined performance

 

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