Torres double sends Atleti through

Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid saw off Real Madrid and progressed into the next round of the Copa del Rey.

Torres netted inside a minute to give Atletico a three-goal aggregate lead, capitalising on some one-touch passing that freed Antoine Griezmann, who cut back to the in-space El Nino.

Sergio Ramos pulled a goal back in time to keep the match alive as Madrid made the most of some uncertain goalkeeping from Jan Oblak. The defender netted from a corner with Oblak floored after trying and failing to meet the cross.

Madrid failed to heed their first-half experience and conceded straight from kick-off in the second-half too, Griezmann again feeding Torres and again Pepe’s defending leaving a lot to be desired.

Cristiano Ronaldo kept Madrid in it with a header 10 minutes into the second half, meeting a Gareth Bale cross with a delicate touch, but there was no way back for the hosts.

The on-loan Torres started in the absence of Mario Manzukic, who was ruled out due to the flu, while Madrid recalled Ronaldo from the first leg. Ronaldo was hailed by the Santiago Bernabeu crowd prior to kick-off but the mood changed almost immediately after the whistle blew.

Madrid’s players, many of whom prior to kick-off showcased the awards received at Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala, appeared to have their heads in Zurich. Possession was lost, Pepe was easily beaten by Griezmann and Ramos gave Torres too much space as Atleti netted with their first attack.

Isco and Bale tried to get Madrid back into it without really testing Oblak, with Atletico happy to defend on the edge of their own penalty area.

Oblak failed his first real examination as he flew out of his goal to meet a Toni Kroos free-kick, got nowhere, and left the net unguarded for Ramos to head into and put Madrid back in the tie, Tiago’s lax marking also a contributory factor.

Mario Suarez had to be alert to throw himself in front of a Ronaldo effort after James Rodriguez’s cross was only cleared to the Portuguese. Ronaldo had a header blocked and Madrid forced a series of corners, Atleti engaging in some last-ditch defending.

Madrid poured crosses into the Atletico box but so massed was the visiting defence that there was rarely space for a meaningful shot or header. Atleti were starved of possession and carried almost no attacking threat after their early goal – until the re-start, that is.

Torres and Griezmann again combined after Madrid lost possession, the former calmness personified as he let Pepe slide past him and then getting a bit of luck as the shot crept past Keylor Navas’ outstretched leg.

Ronaldo netted shortly after but Atleti were content to take the sting out the game anytime possible and had half-chances to extend their aggregate lead thanks to sloppy Madrid defending.

Diego Simeone withdrew both attackers for midfielders as he looked to confirm progress, keeping possession better in the second half than the first and defending much higher up the pitch. Madrid meanwhile looked a spent force, not believing they could overturn the deficit, and resorted to frustrated fouls.

Atletico duly held on to record a famous result against their neighbours, dumping the holders out and setting up a meeting with the winners of the tie between Elche and Barcelona.

Real Madrid 2-2 Atletico Madrid (2-4 on aggregate)

Torres 1, 46 (AM), Ramos 20, Ronaldo 54 (RM)

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe (Varane 58), Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Isco, James (Jese 72); Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo

Atletico: Oblak; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Siqueira; Mario, Tiago, Koke, Raul Garcia (Jimenez 81); Griezmann (Griezmann 73), Torres (Arda 57)

Referee: Mateu Lahoz

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