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    Atletico Madrid blasts Copa del Rey quarterfinals first-timer Eibar in first leg of quarters clash

    Jan 20, 2017
    Antoine Griezmann was one of three Atletico Madrid players who scored against Eibar. AP

    GOALS by Antoine Griezmann, Angel Correa, and Kevin Gameiro at Vicente Calderon Stadium moved Atletico Madrid into prime position for the return match in Basque Country next week with a 3-0 win over Eibar on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinals clash.

    "We have a significant advantage but we can't relax for a bit," Atletico defender Jose Gimenez said.

    Griezmann put the hosts ahead with a header in the 28th minute after a ball redirected by Gimenez off a free kick. Correa added to the lead from close range in the 60th, and Gameiro closed the scoring with another header soon after.

    Eibar is in the Copa quarterfinals for the first time.

    "We know it's going to be difficult to overcome this in the return match, but we will fight until the end," Eibar defender Ander Capa said.

    On Wednesday, Celta Vigo stunned Real Madrid 2-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, while Alaves won at second-division club Alcorcon 2-0.

    All second-leg matches will be next week.

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    Antoine Griezmann was one of three Atletico Madrid players who scored against Eibar. AP
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