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Atletico Madrid enters Copa del Rey Cup quarters

AFP
Published Jan 16, 2016, 1:05 am IST
Updated Jan 16, 2016, 1:05 am IST
With a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.
Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Rayo Vallecano. (Photo: AFP)
 Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa (centre) celebrates with team-mates after scoring against Rayo Vallecano. (Photo: AFP)

Madrid: Atletico Madrid bounced back from a difficult day for the club off the field to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

FIFA handed the Liga leaders and rivals Real Madrid a one-year transfer ban to take effect from July on Thursday for alleged irregularities in the signing of minors.

 

Angel Correa's stunning strike in off the underside of the bar brought an uneventful first half to life six minutes before the break.

With the tie still evenly balanced after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, coach Diego Simeone introduced top scorer Antoine Griezmann from the bench 20 minutes from time.

And for the fifth game in a row, one of Simeone's substitutes scored as Griezmann forced the ball home from close range 10 minutes later.

Griezmann then added his 16th goal of the season in stoppage time as he beat Rayo 'keeper Yoel to a long ball before slotting into an empty net.

 

Gary Neville's Valencia also cruised into the quarter-finals in comprehensive fashion with a 3-0 win away to Granada to seal a 7-0 aggregate victory.

Neville is yet to taste victory in La Liga in five attempts since taking charge last month, but has now won each of his three cup ties.

Already carrying a healthy 4-0 lead from the first leg, Neville named an experimental side, but was rewarded for giving youth its chance as Wilfried Zahibo netted his first goal for the club just before half-time.

Spanish international Paco Alcacer then made it 2-0 within seconds of coming on as a substitute before Pablo Piatti rubbed salt into Granada's wounds five minutes from time.

 

Results: Granada 0 Valencia 3 (Zahibo 41, Alcacer 63, Piatti 85); Atletico Madrid 3 (Correa 39, Griezmann 80, 90) Rayo Vallecano 0 

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