When local rivals Atletico and Real faced off in last Wednesday’s Supercopa de Espana semifinal, bedlam was in full effect. After a six-goal explosion in the first ninety minutes, it took an additional thirty minutes to separate the two giants.
Eight days after putting on an eight-goal display in the Supercopa de Espana, rivals from the Madrid derby, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, will square off in a Copa del Rey last-16 match on Spanish soil this Thursday. Carlo Ancelotti’s team defeated their neighbors 5-3 en route to victory in Riyadh, and Los Blancos will now resume their defense of yet another hard-earned knockout title.
In extra time, the net would burst twice more, but this time it was at Diego Simeone’s opposite end of the field. Brahim Diaz’s attempt and Stefan Savic’s own goal ensured that Atletico’s trip to Saudi Arabia was in vain.
The Rojiblancos have now lost all three of their Supercopa de Espana attempts after losing the most recent Madrid derby; nevertheless, Simeone’s team may at least keep dreaming of Copa del Rey success for the next 48 hours.
Memphis Depay was the hero with a second-half brace after both sides cancelled each other out in the opening period. Atletico made slightly of a work of beating third-tier Lugos 3-1 in the final 32 of Spain’s premier cup tournament before taking off for the Middle East. That win is just one of two for Atletico in their last six games during a miserable winter spell.
The hosts have also lost two of their past three Copa del Rey last-16 matches; the only exception being when they were eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2022–23 competition by none other than Real Madrid.