From deficit to lead: Karim Benzema celebrates his goal to make it 2-1 with Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde and Vinicius Junior (from left)
Photo: Alvaro Barrientos/AP
For a long time on Thursday it looked as if the cup season for Real Madrid would end prematurely - then world footballer Karim Benzema decided the city derby against Atlético: The Frenchman scored in the 104th minute of the home game and thus turned the quarter-finals.
Atlético took the lead early on through Alvaro Morata (19') before Rodrygo (79') saved Real in extra time.
Stefan Savic saw the yellow-red card at Atlético shortly before the second goal was conceded (99th).
Vinicius Junior (120+1) made it 3-1 (1-1, 2-1).
For ex-national player Toni Kroos, reaching the semi-finals was doubly important.
On the one hand, the midfielder has never won the Copa del Rey in his more than eight years at Real Madrid - on the other hand, the 3-1 win in the explosive city derby against Atlético Madrid on Thursday evening was the 250th competitive win in the Royal jersey for the 33-year-old from Greifswald.
After the game, Real President Florentino Perez presented Kroos with a commemorative jersey with a large 250 on the back.
Real also paid tribute to Kroos with a video full of highlights, goals and assists.
The draw against whom it is now in the semifinals will be drawn on Friday.
FC Barcelona, Osasuna and Athletic Bilbao are also in the semi-finals.
Ancelotti criticizes the schedule
Coach Carlo Ancelotti then criticized the number of games in Spain.
"It's too much, there are too many games, but it is what it is and we have to deal with it as best we can," said the Italian.
A tasteless action by alleged fans had also caused outrage in Spain before the Madrid derby.
On a bridge in the capital the night before the game, unknown persons hung a life-size doll, which was supposed to represent the Brazilian striker Vinicius Jr.
A large poster was placed above it with the inscription: »Madrid hates Real«.
The action met with fierce criticism.
The players' union AFE, human rights organizations and other bodies announced legal action.