MADRID, Spain– Atletico
Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, defeated 2-1 in
extra-time by third division Cultural Leonesa.
Atletico, who are third in La Liga and are looking forward
to a Champions League clash next month against Liverpool, were one of four
top-flight sides dumped out of the tournament on Thursday at the last 32 stage.
Argentine striker Angel Correa put them in front in the 62
minutes before Leonesa levelled seven minutes from the end through Julen
Sergio Benito then delievered the winner for the hosts in
the second period of extra-time.
Defeat completes a miserable January for Diego Simeone’s
Atletico who were defeated in the Spanish Super Cup by Real Madrid and 2-0 at
Eibar in La Liga last weekend.
“The responsibility is mine alone,” admitted
“Cultural deserved the victory, we had no
Also exiting the Copa del Rey on Thursday were Eibar, Real
Betis and Celta Vigo.