Cornella pull off massive shock in the Copa del Rey against La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid

Segunda B side Cornella pulled off a remarkable upset on Wednesday evening in the Copa del Rey by beating La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid 1-0.

The result was all the more remarkable given Cornella have lost their last three league games, including against the B teams of Espanyol and Barcelona. It means Atletico have lost to more third-tier teams than Primera teams since January 18th, 2020.

Cornella v Atletico Madrid

Cornella took the lead inside seven minutes through Adrian Jimenez, who was assisted by Agus Medina to open the scoring for the hosts.

Jose Maria Gimenez, Atletico’s defensive stalwart, was taken off at half time due to an injury to his left ankle, while Ricard Sanchez was sent off for the visitors in the 63rd minute to leave them fighting for an equaliser with ten men.

Diego Simeone had said yesterday in his pre-match press conference that he expected to face a highly motivated and competitive team, and he got it.

Atletico still have a lot to fight for this season in both La Liga and the Champions League, but tonight’s defeat is certainly a blow.

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