MADRID- The day after Atletico Madrid ended 14 years of hurt to finally beat Real Madrid 2-1 and lift the Copa del Rey at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Spanish press was left to reflect on a disappointing season for Los Merengues and almost certainly the final chapter in Jose Mourinho’s time in charge of Real. Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, who had headed Real into an early lead, were both sent off as they reflected their side’s frustration on a night in which they were left to rue a number of missed chances as goals from Diego Costa and Miranda eight minutes into extra time handed Atleti an unlikely victory.
“Atleti already have their tenth,” was the headline in Madrid sports daily AS, as Atleti sealed their 10th Copa del Rey, whilst Real’s wait for a 10th European Cup continues.
The other Madrid sports daily Marca, meanwhile, reflected on Mourinho’s behaviour on its front page as he didn’t
go up to collect his loser’s medal after being sent from the touchline and admitted afterwards that he “had failed
Overall there was praise for the way in which Atleti kept their composure as they rallied a Real storm.