Celta Vigo booked their spot in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey following a surprising 3-2 win over Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their quarter final on Wednesday.
- Atletico Madrid 1 Celta Vigo 3
- Hernandez grabs a brace
- Griezmann soon restores parity
- Guided sensationally scores for Celta
- Correa nets late on for Atletico
Following a goalless draw in the first leg, Pablo Hernandez headed Celta into the lead quite early on. The lead didn’t last all that long as Antoine Griezmann restored parity just before the half-hour mark.
John Guidetti, though, had Celta back in front with a sensational strike, before Hernandez all but secured progression with another header.
Substitute Angel Correa netted Atletico’s second goal late on, but it was too little, too late and Celta held on for the win.
The first real chance of note arrived in the 20th minute when Saul Niguez charged forward with a surging run into the box, poking the ball past his marker before trying to slide it home, but Celta stopper Ruben Blanco reacted quickly to make the save.
Celta then took the lead in the 22nd minute, Hernandez guiding a header into the bottom-left corner from a inch-perfect Fabian Orellana cross.
However, Atletico restored parity on the night just seven minutes later, Griezmann slotting home after Ruben failed to hold on to a dipping Yannick Ferreira Carrasco shot from the left.
Celta were back in front in the 56th minute thanks to a sensational Guidetti strike, the Swede firing a belting effort into the top-right corner from 30 yards out.
Atletico substitute Correa nearly made an instant impact in the 61st minute when he saw his effort from 18 yards out crash off the cross bar.
And Celta all but secured progression to the next round of the Copa del Rey on 64 minutes, Hernandez nodding home his second from a Hugo Mallo cross.
Atletico would pull a goal back in the 81st minute as Correa worked his way past two defenders and placed the ball in the far corner with a good finish.
The hosts pushed hard for an equaliser late on and Oliver Torres came close to restoring parity only to be denied by the goalkeeper’s foot.