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Atletico Madrid, Girona play to 1-1 draw in Copa del Rey

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Atletico Madrid's struggles against Girona continued with the two teams playing to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their round-of-16 series.

Star forward got the Colchoneros off to a strong start at here on Wednesday when he beat with a potent shot in just the ninth minute, reports news.

A breakout win briefly seemed to be in the works against a club of modest means that has managed to hold Atleti to three draws in three career meetings.

But that early goal merely served as a wake-up call for the feisty Catalan club, who pinned the visitors in their area and then got the equalizer in the 34th minute on a strike by Honduran forward

Atleti net minder managed to get his hand on the ball but was unable to tip it over the crossbar.

Girona then continued to threaten Atletico Madrid's goal toward the end of the first half, putting on an impressive performance despite having fielded several players who had seen little playing time this season.

Atleti bounced back in the second half thanks partly to the play of substitutes Angel Correa, Vitolo and Thomas Partey, all of whom had chances to score.

But the best opportunity of the second half went to waste when Girona's failed to convert a clear opportunity set up by defender at the one-hour mark.

"We felt good, especially in the second half," Atletico head coach said in the post-match press conference, adding that his club had chances to win but that Girona "also could have capitalized on one of the counter-attacks they had."

These same two teams will square off again in the second and final leg on Jan. 16 at in

Girona are seeking their first-ever quarter-final berth in the Copa del Rey, Spain's annual knockout competition.



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 13:04 IST