Cornella 1-0 Atletico Madrid Lost 1-0 to Cornella
Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 away at Cornella in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night in what is one of the worst defeats in the Diego Simeone era at the club.
The Catalan club performed admirably and came out on top, despite Los Colchoneros having the likes of Joao Felix, Saul Niguez and Felipe Augusto in their XI.
What’s clear, though, is that some of the players in the line-up did not do enough to show that they should be starting for Atletico.
The two minutes before half time summed up Joao Felix’s performance.
Kicks from the opponent, complaining to the referee… and a poorly taken free kick. Perhaps the Portuguese prodigy didn’t feel comfortable alongside some of Atleti’s usual substitutes.
As if that wasn’t enough, Diego Simeone opted to take off Joao Felix before the end.
It’s hard to believe that Atletico, one of the best teams when it comes to defending set pieces, conceded a goal of this type against a Segunda B side.
It was odd watching Los Colchoneros, as they looked nervous every time that Cornella had a dead ball opportunity.
Logically, some of this fear is because of the young goalkeeper between the sticks, Miguel San Roman.
COVID, muscular injuries and knocks… Jose Maria Gimenez continues to have things go against him.
The Uruguayan centre-back had to leave the pitch inside the first 10 minutes after picking up a left ankle injury, and he was even booked for his part in the incident.
On top of that, the play in which Gimenez got injured led to the free kick that Cornella converted.
Ricard Sanchez is a player that many people have been saying should get more minutes, but he went from hero to villain against Cornella.
He struggled to deal with many long throws and ended up being sent off after picking up two yellow cards.
The second came after leaving his foot in as the goalkeeper came out, although it was a little soft.
Simeone opted for a pretty strong XI considering their opponents, with only San Roman and Ricard coming into a side that contained the likes of Saul, Joao Felix and Angel Correa.