VIDEO: Atletico win King's Cup after 2-1 victory over Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid claim a 2-1 victory over arch rivals Real Madrid in a highly-charged derby after extra time to win the Spanish King's Cup on Friday
AP, Saturday 18 May 2013
Atletico Madrid's Miranda celebrates scoring a goal against Real Madrid during their Spanish King's Cup final soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid (Photo: Reuters)
Miranda's extra-time goal completed Atletico Madrid's dramatic 2-1 comeback win against Real Madrid to win the Copa del Rey on Friday, with Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Jose Mourinho sent off for the losing team.
Ronaldo headed Madrid in front in the 14th minute, but Radamel Falcao set up Diego Costa to level for Atletico in the 35th.
After Madrid had gone close by hitting the goal frame three times, Atletico claimed its first win over Madrid in 14 years when Brazilian defender Miranda headed in Jorge "Koke" Resurrecion's cross in the eighth minute of extra time. It was Atletico's 10th Copa del Rey title and first since 1996.
Mourinho was sent off for protesting in the 76th. Likely heading back to England in the offseason, he is set to finish his last campaign in Madrid without a title.
Ronaldo received a straight red card for kicking Atletico captain Gabi Fernandez in the face in the 114th, setting off a sideline scuffle between the benches.
"This is for our fans that have suffered for 14 years," Gabi said moments before he received the trophy from Spain's King Juan Carlos. "I think this team worked hard for this and deserved it."
Atletico also ended the match with 10 men when Gabi was sent off seconds before the final whistle for a second yellow card.
Following years of frustration and accumulated doubt after failing to beat Madrid in 25 games since 1999, Atletico had to overcome an opening goal by Ronaldo.
Ronaldo, who scored an extra-time winner to beat Barcelona and give Madrid the 2011 title, looked set to play the starring role once again. But the Portugal forward let the tension of the game's final minutes get the best of him, hurting his side when he left it a man down just when it most needed his help.
Mourinho spent the game in the dugout after being jeered before the match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium by both sets of fans, with the home supporters upset at his treatment of goalkeeper Iker Casillas and supposed desire to leave.
When he did emerge, he didn't last long as the referee dismissed him for vehemently protesting a foul.
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