Sant Andreu 0-4 Atletico Madrid: Simeone’s men coasting in the cup
Atletico Madrid saw off Segunda B side Sant Andreu 4-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey opener at the Narcis Sala. Diego Simeone fielded a strong side to take on their Catalan rivals on the artificial surface with goals from Raul Garcia, an Arda Turan brace and David Villa’s late strike, meaning the holders will take a comfortable lead back to the Vicente Calderon for the second leg.
As expected the first half was played largely in the Sant Andreu half, with Atletico dominating possession and chances. It took just 40 seconds for the visitors to carve out the game’s first opportunity, Arda Turan’s pull-back found Raul Garcia but the shot from close range was deflected over the bar.
The captain for the day did find the back of the net on 12 minutes, Koke swept the play out to the left wing to Felipe Luis, after some fine interchange in the middle of the park, the Brazilian’s cross to the back-post picked out Garcia who neatly side-footed his volley past Morales.
Koke was involved again as the side from Madrid doubled their lead on 20 minutes, the youngster’s clever pass sent Manquillo in behind the Sant Andreu defence, the full-back’s cut back was fired home by Arda Turan.
With Diego Costa and David Villa rested to the bench, it was a chance for a confident-again Adrian to get himself on the scoresheet. The forward was quiet for much of the half but should have done better with his effort that hit the side netting following a quick counter attack.
The home side backed by 15,000 fans found it difficult to keep the ball and make their way up the pitch, their best period was on the half-hour mark, two dangerous crosses into the box needed the Atleti back-line to maintain their focus.
Arda Turan took the game completely beyond Sant Andreu 10 minutes after the restart. An excellent move with a couple of give and goes in the box, between Turan and Adrian, and a back heel combination between the Turkish international and Raul Garcia was followed by the winger’s swivel and shot which found the bottom corner.
In the next few minutes after the goal, the hosts had a few chances to score that famous goal, first the crossbar coming to Atleti’s rescue then an overhead kick attempt from Xavi Jimenez was parried over from Aranzubia, on his first start for the Rojiblancos. From the resulting corner, Francis’s header was heading for the top corner but was touched over by Aranzubia. That was as good as it got for Sant Andreu.
Diego Costa and David Villa both came off the substitutes bench, the former passing up a great chance after good work from Adrian and Manquillo, who set up the opportunity for Atleti’s top scorer, but the finish was just wide. The duo played a nice one-two as Villa dribbled his way into the box and rounded Morales before sliding home the fourth.
Patxi Salinas’s side competed well but it wasn’t to be a fairytale result as Atletico’s quality shone through, for the Catalan’s the second leg will be about enjoying the experience at one of the country’s best arena’s.
Sant Andreu 0-4 Atletico Madrid
Referee: Undiano Mallenco
Sant Andreu XI: Morales; Xapi Arnau, Melo, Carroza, Rubén; Quim Araujo (59′), Ibon Gutiérrez, Josue (46′), Mouriño; Ivan Guzman (64′), Francis Ferrón.
Subs: Alcover (64′), Jiménez (46′), Ander (59′)
Yellow Cards: Rubén (45′)
Atlético Madrid XI: Aranzubia; Manquillo, Alderweireld, Godín, Filipe Luis; Tiago, Koke; Óliver Torres (64′), Raúl García (71′), Arda Turan (78′); Adrián.
Subs: Guilavogui (78′), David Villa (64′), Diego Costa (71′).
Goals: Raul Garcia (12′), Turan (20′, 55′), Villa (83′)
Yellow Cards: Koke( 14′)