BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Villarreal and Osasuna became the latest topflight sides in Spain to be eliminated by lower-division rivals from the Copa del Rey, while Atlético Madrid eased into the round of 16 on Thursday.
Diego Simeone’s Atlético routed Rayo Majadahonda 5-0 to ensure it wouldn’t repeat its flop from last season, when it lost against another third-tier opponent. Cunha, Renan Lodi, Luis Suárez, Antoine Griezmann and João Félix scored for the defending league champions.
Griezmann walked off gingerly with a possible leg injury with 15 minutes left, putting in doubt his availability for Sunday’s Spanish league match at Villarreal and the Spanish Super Cup to be played in Saudi Arabia next week.
Unai Emery’s Villarreal lost 2-1 at Sporting Gijón after the second-division side came from behind.