Rayo Majadahonda 0-5 Atletico Madrid: Joao Felix, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann get in on the act as Diego Simeone’s men brush aside their third-tier opponents and cruise into the Copa del Rey last-16
- Atletico Madrid thrashed Rayo Majadahonda 5-0 in the Copa del Rey last-32
- The Spanish champions were widely expected to beat third-tier outfit Rayo
- Matheus Cunha, Renan Lodi and Luis Suarez put them 3-0 ahead by half-time
- Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix then got in on the act after the interval
Atletico Madrid blitzed Rayo Majadahonda in a five-star display to reach the last 16 of the Copa del Rey on Thursday night.
The Spanish champions were heavily expected to brush aside their third-tier opponents at the Wanda Metropolitano, especially when Diego Simeone fielded a strong starting XI containing the likes of Luis Suarez and Thomas Lemar.
In the end they needed merely 41 minutes to dispatch of Rayo, scoring three times before the half-time break to ensure a comfortable night’s work.
Atletico Madrid blitzed Rayo Majadahonda by five goals to reach the Copa del Rey last-16
Matheus Cunha fired the Spanish champions in front after just 17 minutes on the night
Cunha broke the deadlock and triggered a dominant display from Diego Simeone’s men
Renan Lodi doubled their lead just nine minutes later to give Majadahonda a mountain to climb
Matheus Cunha, Renan Lodi and Suarez put them out of sight in the first half, with substitutes Antoine Griezmann and Joao Felix then getting in on the act after the break.
While sitting 14 points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid down in fourth, the Copa del Rey likely represents Simeone and co’s most realistic shot at silverware this season.
But for now they must turn their attention to a La Liga showdown with Villarreal on Sunday night.
Luis Suarez (top) also got in on the act before the half-time whistle sounded in Madrid
Substitute Antoine Griezmann slotted home to make it 4-0 20 minutes into the second half
The strike was Griezmann’s eighth since rejoining Atletico on loan from Barcelona last summer
Joao Felix also came off the bench in Madrid to seal the rout for Atletico 12 minutes later
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