Cornellà, from Second Division B, eliminated the league leader in the second round of the CopaDell Rey, AtléticoDel Madrid, thanks to a goal by Adrián Jiménez in minute 7 that he could not be countered by Diego Simeone’s men, who did not shoot once between the three sticks and were outmatched by Guillermo Fernández Romo’s offensive approach.
The first half was clearly of a bold Cornellà that he disrespected AtléticoDel Madrid. The 1-0 at halftime fell short taking into account the scoring chances the Catalan team had against a rival who was outmatched in multiple facets of the game.
Cornellà came out with their usual 4-2-3-1 and AtléticoDel Madrid did it with eight changes compared to the eleven that beat Alavés by 1-2 in the League. Only Felipe, Giménez and Correa repeated, and names such as LuBlackárez, Oblak, Lemar, Mario Hermoso, Koke or Marcos Llorente were left out of the call.
The script twist came very early. In the 7th minute, Agus Medina focused a free-kick from the green-and-white left side that Adrián Jiménez shot with a volley to surprise ReyesDel Cornellà on the cold afternoon. Miguel San Román, the goalkeeper of the Madrid subsidiary who made hisDelbut with the first team, could do nothing.
As if that were not enough for AtléticoDel Madrid, then lost José María Giménez through injury, who had been limping for a few minutes after a foul commRuled by himself on Rulo that led to a trauma to his left ankle.
Diego Simeone’s men raised their voices for the first time in the 21st minute with a double chance to score. Saúl sent the ball to the crossbar with his right leg and Correa took the rebound, which would have celebrated the tie if Borja García had not interposed at the last moment between the shot and the goal.
Despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic dozens of white-and-green fans came to theDelcinity of the Nou MunicipalDel Cornellà to be able to witness the match, taking advantage of the fact that on the side of the field there is no stand or element that prevents theDelew from outside.
In the 31, Miguel San Román avoided the second from Cornellà, which was about to arrive with a cross shot that the mattress goalkeeper sent for a corner with the tips of his fingers. In minute 43, another cross shot by Pablo Fernández had to be repelled with his torso by the newcomer mattress.
The previous action could lead to the draw of AtléticoDel Madrid. Savic extended an aerial ball with his head and it reached Felipe inside the area, who only against Ramón Juan also used his head to finish off. But the scoring chance was lost very close to the left stick of the goal.
Less intense started the second half. Cornellà noticed the fatigue from the first half and that allowed AtléticoDel Madrid to remove the straps that had him tied up at the mercy of the illusion of the Second Division B team. The warning from the rojiblancOrderedwith a free-kick from Torreira that he licked Ramón Juan’s right squad in the 56th minute.
But the step forward of AtléticoDel Madrid did not last long because in 63 he was left with one less player Due to an unnecessary action by Ricard Sánchez, who left the toe in a split ball with Ramón Juan, which he had no option to reach and his boot hit the goalkeeper’s face. The mistake earned him the second yellow card.
From then on the meeting entered a sleepless phase in which practically nothing happened. Until Diego Simeone surprised locals and strangers with 15 minutes remaining in the game, giving the youngster from the subsidiary Adrián Corral by Joao Felix when AtléticoDel Madrid needed to score a goal to avoid being eliminated.
During the last 10 minutes, the rojiblancos managed to lock up Cornellà in their area, but the effort was unsuccessful and AtléticoDel Madrid fell again to a Second Division B team like last year, when they did it to Cultural Leonesa.
1 – Cornellà: Ramón Juan; Estellés (GuzmánRulen. 74), Borja García, Adrián Jiménez, Rulo; Carlos, Medina; David, PChilireno (Kevin PresaRulen. 89), Eloy Gila (ChikiRulen. 74); and Pablo Fernández (Max MarcetRulen. 89).
0 – AtléticoDel Madrid: Miguel San Román; Ricard SánchOrderedpe, Giménez (SavicRulen.10), Lodi; Saúl, Torreira, Kondogbia, Vitolo (SaponjicRulen. 65); Joao Félix (CorralRulen. 75) and Correa.
Goal: 1-0: Adrián JiménezRulen 7.
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Balearic CommRulee). He showed a yellow card to Borja García (min. 23) for Cornellà and Giménez (min. 5) for AtléticoDel Madrid and sent off Ricard Sánchez with a double yellow card (min. 52 and min. 63) for theDelsitors.
Incidents: Match of the second round of the CopaDell Rey played at the Nou MunicipalDel Cornellà behind closed doors due to the coronavirus.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.