Spanish Copa del Rey
Quarterfinal, second leg
Full Time: Atletico Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (Barcelona progress 4-2 on aggregate)
Date: 28 January 2015
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderón
Barcelona came from behind twice to beat Atletico Madrid 3-2 in a Copa del Rey quarterfinal, second leg match at the Estadio Vicente Calderón on Wednesday night.
Barcelona ran out 4-2 aggregate winners over the two-legged quarterfinal after winning the first leg 1-0 a week ago.
It was a blistering start to the game with Fernando Torres scoring for Atletico in the opening minute after driving into the box and firing a shot in off the inside of the post, 1-0 (1-1 on aggregate).
The home side’s joy was short-lived with Neymar restoring parity on the night when he was slipped through on goal by Luis Suarez and he made no mistake with just the keeper to beat, 1-1 (2-1 on aggregate).
On the half hour mark Atletico were afforded another chance to take the lead on the night when Juanfran was brought down inside the box by Javier Mascherano and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.
Raul Garcia stepped up for the home side and buried his penalty with aplomb, 2-1 (2-2 on aggregate).
Again, though, the home side’s joy was short-lived, but they only have themselves to blame when Brazilian defender Miranda sliced the ball into his own net in the 38th minute, 2-2 (3-2 on aggregate).
Three minutes later Neymar found his second of the night after a swift counter-attack conclcuded with the Barcelona striker slotting home a Jordi Alba pass, 3-2 (4-2 on aggregate).
Atletico came out of the second half with only ten men after Gabi Fernandez had been shown a red card in the tunnel prior to the restart.
With Atletico down to ten men the sting was taken out of the game a bit and the next chance to score only came in the 57th minute when Suarez was put through on goal by Lionel Messi, but the Uruguayan saw his effort blocked on the goalline.
Ateltico nearly pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute when Cani unleashed a powerful 18-yard volley, but he saw his effort brilliantly saved by Ter Stegen.
A minute later Messi should have put the result beyond doubt when Neymar played him into space just inside the box, but he saw his tame effort well-saved by the keeper.
The match ended on a rather sour note for Atletico who were reduced to nine men after Mario Suarez was shown a straight red card for a bad tackle on Messi in the 84th minute.
Atletico pressed hard in the final few minutes, but Barcelona held onto their lead and move into the semifinals of the Copa del Rey.