Atletico Madrid strolled into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey as they swatted apart Lleida Three-Zero in Madrid on Tuesday, sealing a 7-Zero mixture victory.
They dominated from begin to end, nevertheless reduce a annoyed bunch within the first half with some profligate ending.
That every one modified after the break, with Vitolo opening his account for the membership after Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro additionally netted to finish the rout.
Atletico roll on into the quarterfinal draw for the sixth straight season and might genuinely consider they’ve an opportunity of lifting silverware for the primary time since 2014 with a squad enhanced by the arrivals of Diego Costa and the aforementioned Vitolo.
Carrasco’s first purpose since September is a well timed confidence increase for the Belgian, whose Atletico days appeared numbered by the arrival of the latter.
Nit-picking however there may have been much more objectives. Fernando Torres missed out on a golden likelihood to enhance his goalscoring ratio for the season.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — Diego Simeone sensibly overlooked Diego Godin, Koke, Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann with a demanding schedule of league, cup and Europa League matches on the horizon. Sergio Gonzalez was handed a uncommon outing at left-back, however Simeone may arguably have afforded extra children a run out with such a commanding lead from the primary leg.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Miguel Angel Moya, 6 — Not significantly examined in sealing one other Copa clear sheet.
DF Juanfran, 7 — Has misplaced his place within the facet to a revitalised Sime Vrsaljko in latest weeks and the veteran did little going ahead to rival the Croatian’s three assists within the final 4 video games.
DF Stefan Savic, 6 — Additionally had extra testing nights however one weak second-half header did enable Lleida a uncommon shot on purpose through a spectacular Jorge Felix overhead kick.
DF Lucas Hernandez , 6 — Unfortunate to see his thumping early header come again off the woodwork.
DF Sergio Gonzalez, 6 — Unsteady begin from the teenager defensively, however he grew into simply his second Atletico begin to pose a menace going ahead after the break.
MF Yannick Carrasco, 7 — Obtained a much-needed purpose with nearly his final contact earlier than making method for Angel Correa.
MF Gabi, 6 — Handing a 34-year-old the total 90 minutes in a tie that was already lengthy determined was questionable, nevertheless it proved a stroll for the captain.
MF Augusto Fernandez, 6 — Once more, whether or not two holding midfielders had been actually obligatory is open for debate, however this was one other necessary 90 minutes for the Argentine on his lengthy street again from harm.
MF Vitolo, eight — The Spanish worldwide opened his Atletico account with some assist from Lleida keeper Diego Rivas, however the purpose was simply reward for a vigorous all-round show.
FW Fernando Torres, 6 — One high-quality by ball for Diego Costa earlier than half-time went unrewarded as his strike companion fluffed his strains, however not often appeared like scoring himself.
FW Diego Costa, 7 — Made amends for that miss with a traditional Costa run and clever cut-back for Carrasco’s opener.
DF Antonio Montoro (for Lucas), 6 — A second-half stroll for the 20-year-old on debut.
FW Angel Correa (for Carrasco), 7 — High-quality run and cross supplied the second on a plate for Gameiro.
FW Kevin Gameiro (for Costa), 7 — A traditional Gameiro efficiency, missed a sitter however bought within the place as soon as extra for a tap-in.
Joseph Walker covers Atletico Madrid for ESPN FC. Observe him on Twitter: @Joe_in_espana.