Copa del Rey: Atletico and Valencia enter last eight

Atletico Madrid are through to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after an Antoine Griezmann double inspired them to a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano and a 4-1 aggregate success. Valencia also eased into the last eight of the Copa del Rey by completing a comprehensive 7-0 aggregate victory with a 3-0 second-leg win at Granada.

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Atletico Madrid winger Antoine Griezmann has scored 16 goals this season.

Atletico Madrid are through to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey after an Antoine Griezmann double inspired them to a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano and a 4-1 aggregate success.

Angel Correa broke the deadlock with a moment of inspiration, the 20-year-old forward finding the net in the 40th minute with a powerful effort that left Rayo goalkeeper Yoel with no chance. Atletico laboured in their attempts to put the game and tie beyond doubt but did so 10 minutes from time thanks to Griezmann, who then pounced on a goalkeeping error to score his second of the game in injury time.

Valencia eased into the last eight of the Copa del Rey by completing a comprehensive 7-0 aggregate victory with a 3-0 second-leg win at Granada. Gary Neville's side did the damage in last week's last-16 first-leg clash at Mestalla in running out 4-0 victors, thanks in the main to an Alvaro Negredo hat-trick.

But goals from Wilfried Zahibo and substitute Paco Alcacer, plus a late penalty from Pablo Piatti, added further gloss to the scoreline in Thursday's second leg, with Valencia now safely in the hat for Friday's quarter-final draw. 

Zahibo took advantage of some questionable goalkeeping from Ivan Kelava to nod Valencia into a 1-0 lead on the night three minutes before the break. Neville replaced first-leg hero Negredo with Alcacer in the 63rd minute - and the Spain striker made an immediate impact, clinically finishing past Kelava just seconds after coming on.

And Valencia rounded off an easy victory six minutes from time, when Piatti coolly dispatched the spot-kick given after Zakaria Bakkali was clumsily brought down in the area.