Atletico Madrid came into the Bernabeu almost 10-1 underdogs to Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey final Friday night. But after 125 minutes of time on the pitch it was Los RojiBlancos who were starting off their celebrations which will surely last long into the night.
It was a magnanimous win for Diego Simeone’s team, a club who had not beaten La Real since 1999. Atletico and Real had met in the final 4 times prior, and had lost every time. It is the 10th Copa del Rey trophy for the club, and their first in an astonishing seventeen years.
The game was ugly for many stretches throughout the match, and at times it seemed the referees were getting more action flashing red and yellow cards than players getting touches on the pitch. Ronaldo got the scoring kicked off in the 14th minute by firing home a header from a corner by Mesut Ozil. But just 20 minutes later Radamel Falcao received a ball in the midfield and got away from two defenders, delivering a perfect through ball to teammate Diego Costa who finished it in the back post.
Jose Mourinho was sent off in the 75th minute after getting up off the bench to contest a call. The second half was almost unbearable with booking after booking, and no team was able to score again in regulation.
In the first half of extra time, Atletico Brazilian Miranda headed home a brilliant cross from Koke to give Atletico the lead. Things got tense as Real Madrid sensed the game slipping away from them. All hope was lost after Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for a tackle in the second half of extra time and Atletico wasted time until the final whistle.
Atletico Madrid will celebrate such a momentous victory, while Real Madrid continue to steam in disappointment, after losing in the Champions League and seeing Barcelona take the league title from them. Jose Mourinho may have made his last exit at the Bernabeu, as it is widely believed that he will take the coaching post at Chelsea.