Football: Real Madrid burst Atletico bubble to take control in King's Cup
Published on Feb 6, 2014 6:01 AM
MADRID (REUTERS) - Real Madrid brought high-flying city rivals Atletico back down to earth with a bump when two own goals either side of a Jese strike helped them to a 3-0 victory in a feisty King's Cup semi-final, first leg on Wednesday.
Atletico, who beat Real 2-1 in last season's final, climbed to the top of La Liga at the weekend but their first defeat in all competitions since October means they face a stiff task in Tuesday's second leg at the Calderon.
After a cautious opening from both sides, Atletico playmaker Arda Turan had the first genuine chance when he tested Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a header in the 13th minute.
Real were ahead four minutes later when centre back Pepe galloped forward and his speculative shot hit Emiliano Insua, wrong footed Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois and ricocheted into the net.
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