Atletico Madrid sets up Copa del Rey clash with rival Real Madrid
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid set up a crosstown Copa del Rey clash with Real Madrid despite drawing 2-2 with third-division Hospitalet on Thursday, advancing 5-2 on aggregate.
Striker Mario Mandzukic slotted in Atletico's opener in the 19th minute and headed in a second in the 74th, seven minutes after Hospitalet's Ruben Alcaraz got his first goal. Alcaraz struck again in the 84th with a long strike that sailed over goalie Jan Oblak and hit the crossbar before going in.
Oblak spared Atletico an embarrassing loss with a one-handed save in the 89th.
Atletico will face cup holder Madrid in the round of 16 in January. Elche will meet Barcelona after it eked out a 1-0 win over second-tier Valladolid following their 0-0 first-leg draw.