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Atletico suffers shock setback

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MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Atletico Madrid was knocked out of the Copa del Rey after being defeated in extra-time by third division Cultural Leonesa, 2-1.

Atletico, which is third in La Liga and are looking forward to a Champions League clash next month against Liverpool, was one of four top-flight sides dumped out of the tournament on Thursday in the Last 32 stage.

Argentine striker Angel Correa put them in front in the 62 minutes before Leonesa tied seven minutes from the end through Julen Castaeda.

Sergio Benito then delivered the winner for the host in the second period of extra-time.

Defeat completes a miserable January for Diego Simeone’s Atletico, which was defeated in the Spanish Super Cup by Real Madrid, 2-0, at Eibar in La Liga last weekend.

“The responsibility is mine alone,” admitted Simeone.

“Cultural deserved the victory. We had no force.”

Also exiting the Copa del Rey on Thursday were Eibar, Real Betis and Celta Vigo.

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