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Atletico Madrid take shock from Copa del Rey loss to third-place Cornella

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Atletico Madrid suffered a major massacre on Wednesday night after crashing in the Copa del Rey second round against Union Esportiva Cornella.

Diego Simeone’s side suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Segunda Division B team at Camp Municipal de Cornella – Cornella’s 1,500-seat stadium.

Atletico made eight changes to the squad that beat Alaves 2-1 in La Liga on Sunday, with only Jose Gimenez, Felipe and Angel Correa starting both games.

Their understaffed XI fell behind in seven minutes, with Adrian Jimenez giving the hosts the lead with a fabulous flick for his first goal of the season.

Saul Niguez was the closest to leveling Simeone’s side when he rocked the crossbar, but Atletico were reduced to 10 men just past the hour mark as Ricard Sanchez Sendra saw red for two bookable offenses within 11 and a half seconds as Cornella recorded a famous victory.

Atletico – 10-time winners of the competition, the last in 2013 – haven’t come out at such an early stage since the 2001/02 season, when they lost 3-1 to Rayo Vallecano in the first round.

Cornella v Atletico Madrid - Copa del Rey
A famous victory for the underdogs Cornella | Eric Alonso / Getty Images

However, this is the second season in a row they’ve been thrown out by lower league opposition, having lost 2-1 to Cultural Leonesa in the round of 16 of the 2019/20 competition.

Simeone’s sides are the current leaders in La Liga, leading Real Madrid by two points and with two games in hand.

Cornella is currently seventh in Group 3 of Group A in the third row in Spain, having won just three league games so far this season. The Catalans have only been playing in the Segunda Division B since 2014, and it is only the third time in their history that they have crossed the second round of the Copa del Rey.

Cornella reached the Copa del Rey last 32 in the 2014/15 season – the furthest the club have ever been in the competition.