- The Catalan team, who already crossed paths with Madrid 6 years ago, meet the strongest rival of the draw
- The Greens eliminated the Marino de Tenerife at dawn on Wednesday after the airline lost his luggage
It was not the high of 2014, when Real Madrid played, but the Cornellà has returned to take this Friday the candy that all the small teams wanted in the draw for the second round of the Copa del Rey. The green team will face the Atlético de Madrid, the ‘fat one’ of a draw in which the four teams competing in the Spanish Super Cup (Real Madrid, Barcelona, Real Sociedad and Athletic) have not yet entered. The tie will be played on January 5, 6 or 7, a gift from Kings for the Catalan club.
It was not the same joy because, because of the pandemic, there will be no audience to see his team (which last summer was on the verge of promotion to Second A) face a great from Europe. Six years ago, the tie against Madrid (the two-legged one) was played at the Espanyol stadium, attached to the small town hall of Cornellà, packed for the occasion and who screamed avidly for the goal of Oscar Muñoz which was 1-1. That the thing ended in a landslide both in the first leg (1-4) and in the second leg (5-0) does not cloud the memory.
The ascent, priority
“My happiness is to be able to beat him on Sunday Barça B, which is our priority and where we have our sights, but the assessment is positive, “he said after the draw Guillermo Fernandez Romo, the coach of UE Cornellà. It cost him, but he ended up granting that the crossing excites him. “Our happiness was not going to change due to the level of the rival. We have seen the draw and we have smiled when we saw the rival. It is a joy, and to me, that I’m from Madrid and from an athletic neighborhood, I am especially excited, of course “.
– UE Cornellà (@ue_cornella) December 18, 2020
The coach regretted that there could be no public, and was clear about the options to advance in the competition. “It would be necessary to differentiate between possibilities and probabilities. Possibilities in a single-game soccer match of course there may be them, but let’s be sensible: the odds are what they are. What I would like is that, when the time comes, my squad enjoy. They are prepared to be competent against any rival, and that day they will have an extra motivation, so they sure do well “.
Prize for players
Something more effusive has been the midfielder Albert Dorca: “We have lived it with great joy, we deserve to play a game like this. We are a small team, facing a Primera is already a prize and a team like Atlético, even more. It is true that with the covid everything is a little more decaffeinated, but it is an immense joy for all and we are going to enjoy the moment and the game. “
Dorca assumes that Atlético should be the end of Cornellà’s journey in this Cup, but he is clear about what the green team must do: “Compete to the fullest. We will go out full, trying to make them not feel comfortable. It is clear that they have a lot of level and what the normal thing is that they pass, but we will give everything we can. The important thing is to compete, make it as difficult for them as we can and if they win, congratulate them. “
Considering the raffle a prize is not a metaphor. Cornellà has lived a Odyssey this Wednesday in the first round, in which he defeated the Marine from Tenerife. The match was scheduled at 9:00 p.m., but after landing in Tenerife the team verified that their luggage had not flown with them. They had neither kits nor boots.
The responsible company, Vueling, reacted on time and chartered a charter flight with only crew to transport the equipment, who had stayed in El Prat. The Spanish Federation authorized the start of the match to be delayed until 11:30 p.m., which made the duel will end at half past one peninsular, when the return flight was also scheduled at four. Luckily there was no extension, although it did not go far: Cornellà prevailed with a lonely goal of Àlex Plan.
These are all the crosses of the second round of the Copa del Rey:
Cornellà-Atlético de Madrid
Poblense one Olot-Osasuna
Zamora or Logroñés-Villarreal
Ibiza-Celta de Vigo
Cultural and Sports Leonesa-Granada
Deportivo de la Coruña-Alavés
Amorebieta-Sporting de Gijón
Haro Deportivo or Linense-Rayo Vallecano
Navalcarnero-UD Las Palmas
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