Real Sociedad secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid at the Reale Arena in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday evening. The result means the San Sebastian side will progress to the last eight of the competition while Atletico are out.
La Real took the lead in the 33rd minute through Adnan Januzaj, who had been assisted by Joseba Zaldua. Alexander Soerloth then doubled their advantage just two minutes into the second half.
The result is a blow for Atletico, who were dumped out of the Supercopa de Espana by La Real’s Basque rivals Athletic Club last weekend. They’re enduring a poor season indeed despite being the reigning champions of La Liga – they’re currently fourth in the league table, 16 points behind pace-setters Real Madrid/
La Real started the season on fire but their form has dropped off in recent times. They’re currently fifth in La Liga, level on points with Atletico, and will be looking to go all the way in the Copa del Rey.
Before the match, Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone was caught on camera furiously gesticulating from inside the team bus after some Real Sociedad fans attacked the vehicle.
Atletico Madrid were given a hostile reception ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash, as the team bus was pelted with stones by Real Sociedad fans on its way to the Basque side’s stadium.
The vehicle met with a huge crowd of rival supporters as it approached the Reale Arena, with many hurling insults and even missiles.
Sitting at the front, coach Diego Simeone was incensed by the unfriendly greeting and clashed with Atletico’s aggressors even as the bus continued to inch forward.
In a video filmed by a fan, Simeone can be seen in the front seat angrily pointing towards the culprits.
And he is met with a chorus of abuse, with a number swearing back towards him in Spanish.