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Atlético de Madrid was the victim of a major slaughter on Wednesday night after falling in the second round of the Copa del Rey to the third division Union Esportiva Cornella.
Diego Simeone’s team suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Second Division B team at Camp Municipal de Cornella, Cornella’s 1,500-seater stadium.
Atlético made eight changes to the team that beat Alavés 2-1 in La Liga on Sunday, with only José Giménez, Felipe and Ángel Correa starting in both games.
His inferior strength XI was left behind in seven minutes, Adrián Jiménez gave the hosts the lead with a fabulous shot for his first goal of the season.
Saúl Niguez came closer to leveling the score for Simeone’s team when he rang the crossbar, but Atlético fell to 10 men just after the hour, when Ricard Sánchez Sendra saw red for two yellow fouls in the space of 11 minutes of the second half when Cornella registered. a famous victory.
Atlético, a 10-time winner of the competition, the last in 2013, have not started at such an early stage since the 2001/02 season, when they lost 3-1 to Rayo Vallecano in the first round.
However, this is the second consecutive season in which they have been eliminated by lower league rivals, after losing 2-1 to Cultural Leonesa in the round of 32 of the 2019/20 competition.
Simeone’s are the current leaders of La Liga, beating Real Madrid by two points and with two games less.
Meanwhile, Cornella is currently seventh in Group 3 of Group A of the Spanish third division, having won just three league matches so far this campaign. The Catalan team has only played in Second Division B since 2014, and this is only the third time in its history that it has exceeded the second round of the Copa del Rey.
Cornella reached the Copa del Rey in the round of 32 during the 2014/15 season, the furthest the club has come in the competition.