Small Cultural Leonesa pulled out a heavy stunt of a shocking 2-1 Copa del Rey victory against Atletico Madrid in extra time in the round of 32 on Thursday night.
A brilliant late equaliser from Cultural Leonesa’s Julien Castaneda nullified Angel Correa’s first goal for Atletico Madrid before Sergio Benito later messaged in an unexpected winner.
Meanwhile, Vitolo missed an opening opportunity for the away side, poking wide from Joao Felix’s through ball. But Correa made no mistake just past the hour mark when he latched onto the Portugal forward’s flick to put Atletico Madrid ahead of their rival.
Later, the visitors worked so hard for a second goal and Cultural were indebted to goalkeeper Lucas Giffard for outstanding performance by keeping them in the game after lovely saves before Castaneda smashed home an equaliser six minutes from time to move the match to extra time.
The Reino de Leon stadium immediately became restless as Benito volleyed the ball in at the far post after 108 minutes to ensure the Segunda B outfit of a place in Friday’s draw and a spot in the round of 16.
Atletico Madrid’s last humiliating defeat by a lower club was against Albacete in 2011, and then after that loss, the club brought in Diego Simeone as its coach to avoid further disgrace.
“There are always difficult moments every season. Sometimes getting knocked out of the Champions League, other times losing two finals… After so much time it’s normal that it can happen. Unfortunately, it shouldn’t happen,” Atletico manager Simeone said.
Simeone said his side will recover and that the humiliating defeat would not have any major impact on him or his players.
“The penalties in the Champions League in Milan in 2016 didn’t change me, neither did extra time in the Champions League in Lisbon in 2014, or when we went out in the last 16, and I’m not going to change now. I believe in my players. I have an important squad and for sure we’ll get the results soon.” Atletico boss said.