Spanish Copa del Rey - 2nd Leg
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Real Madrid 2-2 (agg 2-4) Atl Madrid

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres left Atletico Madrid for £26.5m in 2007 after making 214 league appearances
  • Torres scores in the first minute of each half
  • Ramos and Ronaldo each equalise
  • Atleti unbeaten in five against Real this season
  • Diego Simeone's side to face Barcelona

Fernando Torres struck his first goals since returning to Atletico Madrid, firing a brace in a 4-2 Copa del Rey aggregate win over holders Real Madrid.

Atletico led 2-0 from the first leg and Torres stunned the Bernabeu, smashing in left-footed after 49 seconds.

Sergio Ramos's header levelled but, in the first minute of the second half, Torres beat Pepe to slide in a second.

Real needed three goals to win after Cristiano Ronaldo's header but Atleti will meet Barcelona in the last eight.

Barca cruised to a 9-0 aggregate win over Elche, but for Atleti, the last-16 stage provided a stiffer test and significant bragging rights.

The La Liga champions inflicted a first domestic cup defeat on Carlo Ancelotti since he arrived to manage their city rivals in 2013.

Los Rojiblancos can also boast being five games unbeaten against Real this season, a record which looked certain to continue after less than a minute's play in the Spanish capital.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d'Or award moments before kick-off but Fernando Torres scored quickly to change the mood

Soon after Ronaldo stopped parading his Fifa Ballon d'Or award moments before kick-off, Torres plundered the opener, sweeping into the top corner from 10 yards with a first-time shot following Antoine Griezmann's cross.

Torres, who left Atleti in 2007, had never scored at the Bernabeu with his boyhood club but, in for the unwell Mario Mandzukic, he left Real needing four goals to progress.

Ramos netted a last-minute leveller which spurred Real on to a 4-1 extra-time win over Atletico in last season's Champions League final and he was in the right place when goalkeeper Jan Oblak - making just his fifth appearance - flapped at a set-piece delivery.

Fernando Torres: Huge welcome on return to Atletico Madrid

Swarms of white shirts peppered the visitors' area and Ronaldo's goal-bound strike was only kept out by Mario Suarez on the goal-line as Real dominated with 76% of possession in the opening half.

But Diego Simeone's side only had 27% of the ball in the first leg and they again demonstrated the resilience he has instilled in them since taking over in December 2011.

The Argentine has delivered successive league finishes of fifth, third and first along with Europa League success in 2012 and a Copa del Rey triumph in 2013.

In Europa League, Champions League and Copa del Rey fixtures, he now has 16 successes from 18 two-legged ties and Torres's second came at the perfect time, killing Real's second-half hope.

He again collected a Griezmann pass before wrong-footing Pepe to fire under home keeper Keylor Navas.

Ronaldo - voted the greatest player in Portugal's history on Wednesday -external-link headed in from six yards to reduce the arrears on 54 minutes before Torres was substituted to jeers from the home fans.

Karim Benzema could not turn their frustration to hope when he fired over from four yards as La Liga leaders Real relinquished their hold on Spain's coveted domestic cup.

Real Madrid team bus is met by fans
The Real Madrid team bus arrived amid passionate and colourful scenes at the Santiago Bernabeu
Fernando Torres
Torres finished with a first-time volley and saluted visiting fans sat high in the Bernabeu stands
Sergio Ramos scores
Sergio Ramos scored his fifth club goal of the season as Real mounted heavy pressure following the opening goal
Atletico Madrid celebrate
Fernando Torres was mobbed by Atletico's players when he netted a second less than a minute after the interval


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Navas
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 86mins
  • 3PepeSubstituted forVaraneat 59'minutes
  • 4RamosBooked at 56mins
  • 12MarceloBooked at 83mins
  • 23IscoBooked at 90mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 72'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo


  • 1Casillas
  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 6Khedira
  • 14Hernández
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 24Illarramendi

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Oblak
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Miranda
  • 2GodínBooked at 52mins
  • 3Siqueira
  • 4Suárez
  • 5Cardoso MendesBooked at 49mins
  • 8Garcia EscuderoBooked at 28minsSubstituted forJiménezat 81'minutes
  • 7GriezmannSubstituted forFernández Arenasat 74'minutes
  • 6KokeBooked at 84mins
  • 19TorresSubstituted forTuranat 58'minutes


  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 10Turan
  • 11Jiménez
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Gámez
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
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