Atlético and Málaga within touching distance of the last 16

Atlético made their first step to the last 16 of the Spanish Cup after defeating Real Jaén (0-3) in the first leg of their game.

The match began with both sides battling equally but that changed half way through the first half.

Malaga and Athletico put one step into the next roundAtlético were awarded a penalty after some good play down Silvio’s wing and Dani Torres was sent off, meaning the already challenging night was becoming impossible for Jaén.

Jaén had performed fearlessly and put Courtois to the test. Following the penalty, which Diego Costa fired home to open the scoring, it was plain cruising for an Atlético, and in reality, they never really needed to move their performance up a gear.

Adrián scored his first goal of the season and Raúl García completed the scoring, heading home from a  cross.

Málaga beat a feisty Cacereño side 4-3 in the first leg of its last 32 game. It took them just four minutes to take the lead through an Onyewu header. Roque Santa Cruz doubled their lead in the 20th minute, but five minutes later Cacereño had pulled it back to 2-2 (Jaraiz 36′ and Chapi 41′).

Vargas was sent off in the 58th minute for bringing down Seba, and Duda restored Málaga’s lead from the penalty spot. In the 71st minute, Seba set up Roque Santa Cruz to score his second, Málaga’s fourth. Esteve pulled one back for the hosts at the death following a mistake by Kameni in the Málaga goal.

Almería beat Celta 2-0 (Zongo 54′, Abel 86′) and Zaragoza beat Granada 1-0 (Aranda 79′).

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