Atletico stunned by lowly Cultural in Copa

Angel Corre(L) scored for Atletico Madrid before Cultural Leonesa delivered two late goals.
Angel Corre(L) scored for Atletico Madrid before Cultural Leonesa delivered two late goals.

La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have suffered a shock 2-1 extra-time defeat in the Copa del Rey to third-tier side Cultural Leonesa, whose upset victory secured a place in the last 16.

A late equaliser from Cultural's Julen Castaneda cancelled out Angel Correa's opener for Atletico on Thursday before the extra period saw dramatic scenes when Sergio Benito volleyed the winner.

Vitolo missed the best opening of the first period for the away side, poking wide from Joao Felix's through ball. But Correa made no mistake just past the hour mark when he latched on to the Portugal forward's flick to put Atletico ahead.

The visitors pressed for a second and Cultural were indebted to goalkeeper Lucas Giffard for keeping them in the game with a string of fine saves before Castaneda smashed home an equaliser six minutes from time to send the game into extra time.

The Reino de Leon stadium was then sent into delirium as Benito volleyed the ball in at the far post after 108 minutes to ensure the Segunda B outfit a place in Friday's draw.

In Thursday's other Copa clashes, Mirandes upset Celta Vigo 2-1 after extra time, while Eibar lost 3-1 to Badajoz.

Leganes advanced with a 1-0 win over third-division club Ebro and Real Betis lost to Rayo Vallecano 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

Barcelona and Madrid eliminated third-division opponents on Wednesday. Barcelona needed two late goals by Antoine Griezmann to defeat Ibiza 2-1, while Madrid beat Unionistas de Salamanca 3-1.

Defending champion Valencia advanced to the last 16 by beating third-tier club Logrones 1-0.

Australian Associated Press