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Sports News of Thursday, 17 January 2019


Thomas Partey features as Atlético Madrid suffer Copa del Rey elimination

Thomas Partey, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, Atletico Madrid midfielder

Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey saw full time action for Atlético Madrid in their 3-3 draw with Girona in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night as they failed to progress to the next stage.

Atlético Madrid were booted out of the competition on the away goal ruling after the first leg ended 1-1 at the Estadio Montilivi.

Atletico made the perfect start through Nikola Kalinic's opener.

Valery Fernandez and Cristhian Stuani struck to swing the tie Girona's way before Angel Correa's equaliser.

Antoine Griezmann's goal looked to have put the hosts into the next round but Seydou Doumbia scored with two minutes left to send Girona through.

There was more bad news for an Atletico side already missing several first-team regulars to injury, with Spain midfielder Saul Niguez forced off with a muscle problem early in the second half.