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Atletico suffer extra-time Cup misery at third-division Leonesa

By AFP |   24 January 2020   |   12:07 pm  

Cultural Leonesa┬┤s French defender Virgil Theresin celebrates after winning the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) football match between Cultural Leonesa and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Reino de Leon stadium in Leon, on January 23, 2020. (Photo by CESAR MANSO / AFP)

Atletico Madrid was knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, defeated 2-1 in extra-time by third division Cultural Leonesa.

Atletico, who are third in La Liga and are looking forward to a Champions League clash next month against Liverpool, was one of four top-flight sides dumped out of the tournament on Thursday at the last 32 stage.

Argentine striker Angel Correa put them in front in the 62 minutes before Leonesa levelled seven minutes from the end through Julen Castaeda.

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Sergio Benito then delivered the winner for the hosts in the second period of extra-time.

Defeat completes a miserable January for Diego Simeone’s Atletico who were defeated in the Spanish Super Cup by Real Madrid and 2-0 at Eibar in La Liga last weekend.

“The responsibility is mine alone,” admitted Simeone.

“Cultural deserved the victory, we had no forcefulness.”

Also exiting the Copa del Rey on Thursday were Eibar, Real Betis and Celta Vigo.

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