Copa del Rey: Atletico immature guns uncover nerves of steel

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Diego Simeone gives instructions during a Spanish Copa del Rey football compare CF Reus Deportiu vs Club Atletico de Madrid during a Estadi Municipal de Reus in Reus on Dec 1, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Diego Simeone gives instructions during a Spanish Copa del Rey football compare CF Reus Deportiu vs Club Atletico de Madrid during a Estadi Municipal de Reus in Reus on Dec 1, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA: A childish Atletico Madrid side came behind from a idea down to kick third-tier Reus 2-1 on Tuesday to dilemma towards a final 16 of a Copa del Rey.

Lucas Hernandez’s defensive blunder authorised Fran to glow a Catalans into a startle lead on a half hour mark.

However, 10-time winners Atletico responded immediately by Luciano Vietto’s headed equaliser before Saul Niguez flicked home a leader 27 mins from time.

The dual sides accommodate again in a second leg on Dec 17.

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“The tie is still parsimonious and it isn’t a gentle result,” pronounced Atletico trainer Diego Simeone. “I value a ability to come behind from 1-0 down. Once we start creation improved decisions in a box it will lift a turn of a group a lot.”

Simeone done 7 changes to a side that kick Espanyol on Saturday to sojourn second in La Liga.

And that skip of smoothness showed early on opposite a Reus side that had usually been beaten once formerly this deteriorate on their approach to heading their informal multiplication in a third tier.

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Vietto should have non-stop a scoring when he dismissed true during Edgar Badia with a transparent steer of idea after 7 minutes.

However, a opener arrived during a other finish as Hernandez slipped underneath vigour from Fran and a playmaker quietly slotted past Miguel Angel Moya.

Vietto done justification for his progressing skip with a excellent header into a bottom dilemma to turn 6 mins later.

Atletico had distant some-more control after a break, though indispensable a set-piece to mangle Reus down as Saul’s crafty flicked header from Koke’s dilemma looped into a distant corner.

Published in The Express Tribune, Dec 3rd, 2015.

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