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Atletico draws 1-1 at Valencia in Copa del Rey

Atletico Madrid draws 1-1 at Valencia in 1st leg of Copa del Rey

Atletico de Madrid's  Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring against  Valencia during their la copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Vale...
Atletico de Madrid's  Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring against  Valencia during their la Copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Vale...
Atletico de Madrid's  Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring against  Valencia  during their la Copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Val...
Atletico de Madrid's  Diego Costa, right,  duels for the ball with Valencia's  Ricardo Costa from Portugal  during their la Copa del Rey soccer match ...

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey

Atletico de Madrid's Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring against Valencia during their la copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Vale...

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey

Atletico de Madrid's Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring against Valencia during their la Copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Vale...

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey

Atletico de Madrid's Raul Garcia celebrates after scoring against Valencia during their la Copa del Rey soccer match at the Mestalla stadium in Val...

Spain Soccer Copa del Rey

Atletico de Madrid's Diego Costa, right, duels for the ball with Valencia's Ricardo Costa from Portugal during their la Copa del Rey soccer match ...

VALENCIA, Spain (AP) -- Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Valencia on Tuesday to claim an away-goal advantage in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, just days before its key Spanish league clash against Barcelona.

Atletico midfielder Raul Garcia put the cup holders ahead after a goalkeeping error by Vicente Guaita in the 72nd minute of the first-leg match.

But Valencia kept pressing and after being frustrated by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on several occasions, Helder Postiga headed home the equalizer deep in stoppage time.

Atletico had won seven games in a row in all competitions. It hosts Barcelona on Saturday with both teams level at the top of the Spanish league.

Valencia remained unbeaten in two games under new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.


Updated : 2021-03-06 01:39 GMT+08:00