Real Madrid Finish Off Forlan, Atletico In Copa del Rey Derby


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Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO (7) of Real Madrid pulls away from the Atletico Madrid pair of Portugal World Cup midfielder TIAGO CARDOSO MENDES (5), on loan for the La Liga season from Serie A side FC Juventus of Turin, and Brazilian midfielder PAULO ASSUNCAO during the Copa del Rey derby match at the Estadio Vicente Calderon in the capital city of Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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COPA DEL REY
quarterfinals, second leg
January 20, 2010

0 – Atletico Madrid
1 – Real Madrid —————— Ronaldo 23′

A well-worked goal twenty-three minutes into the match and staunch defending thereafter carried visiting REAL MADRID to a 1-0 victory over cross-town, intra-city rival ATLETICO MADRID in the second leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinal derby tie.

Following some nice possession in the offensive third, Spain World Cup champion midfielder XABI ALONSO chipped a lovely ball to his teammate in South Africa this summer, SERGIO RAMOS, over on the right. The 24-year-old overlapping fullback rolled a curling ball across the face of goal along the floor. Running onto the service in the center of the box, Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO, the leading scorer in La Liga with 22 goals for Los Blancos, casually blasted the ball into the net for a 1-0 Real Madrid lead.

Ronaldo has now registered six goals in the Copa del Rey and 32 in all competitions this campaign for Los Merengues under the management of his countryman, JOSE MOURINHO.

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(Victor R. Caivano/AP)
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From there on out, Real Madrid were basically content to absorb pressure and counter. In the end, a game of keep away was more than satisfying. Brazilian defender MARCELO might have added a second for Los Blancos but was denied by the linesman’s flag for offsides.

With a 4-1 aggregate victory in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal tie opposite their Spanish capital city adversary, Real Madrid extended their unbeaten run against Atletico Madrid to 20 matches in all competitions.

France international striker KARIM BENZEMA, the 35.0 million Euro acquisition who has scored exactly one goal in 18 La Liga games for Real Madrid this season, did not make it off the bench.

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(Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images)
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ATLETICO MADRID : De Gea ; Ujfalusi, L. Perea, Valera, Filipe ; Merida (A. Perea 75′), Elias, Assuncao, Tiago (Juanfran 66′), Reyes (Diego Costa 26′) ; Forlan

REAL MADRID : Casillas ; Marcelo, Carvalho, Arbeloa, Albiol, Sergio Ramos ; Khedira (Gago 83′), Xabi Alonso, Oezil (Kaka 75′) ; Di Maria (Granero 69′), Ronaldo

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(Arturo Rodriguez/AP)
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(Juan Medina/Reuters)
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(Victor R. Caivano/AP)
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(Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)
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