Violent end to Copa del Rey as Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid for first time since 1999

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo were both sent off as Atletico Madrid beat Real Madrid for the first time since 1999 to win the Copa del Rey final 2-1 in extra time. Real Madrid fell victim to the woodwork and Atletico keeper Thibault Courtois, who made a couple of tremendous saves to thoroughly frustrate Real.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 14th minute and it seemed Real Madrid would stroll to yet another win against their local rivals. But Atletico kept their focus. Diego Costa equalized in the 35th minute and the longer circumstances conspired against Real, preventing them from finishing off the game, the testier the atmosphere became. Mourinho was sent to the dressing room in the 75th minute in a bizarre incident that even he didn't seem to understand and the bookings began to pile up.

A total of 13 players were booked in the match, including Ronaldo, who was sent off in the 114th minute for catching Gabi in the face with his studs after throwing tantrums throughout much of the match. Gabi, with a wad of cotton up his nose to plug the bleeding, was sent off himself just before the final whistle.

After Ronaldo joined Mourinho in the dressing room, a scuffle broke out between the two sides and Courtois was hit in the back of the head with a missile thrown by someone behind his goal. This was probably a cowardly act of revenge for the astonishing save he pulled off to keep Mesut Ozil from a certain equalizer in extra time.

Atletico held on to win and finally break the spell that Real have had over them for the last 13 years. For Real Madrid, it is perhaps a fitting end to a tumultuous season. Jose Mourinho goes his first season without a trophy (if you don't count the Spanish Super Cup) since he joined Porto in 2002. If/when he leaves Madrid under a cloud of bitterness this summer for a return to Chelsea, he will be out for blood.

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