When you're up against a side determined to give as little away as possible, the last thing you can do is hand them a goal on a plate - especially one that in effect is worth two. Alas, that's just what Betis did tonight. After an opening 44 minutes in which they had the majority of possession without ever really getting near the Atléti goal, a long clearance out of the visiting defence caused a mix-up between Casto and Amaya on the edge of the Betis penalty area - which ended up with the horrible Diego Costa tapping into an empty net (see below). If three goals in 90 minutes was always an unlikely task, four in 45 was mission in-your-dreams. The second half was more like a friendly than a competitive game and a last-minute penalty for a a push on Jorge Molina was a very unconsoling consolation prize. Derbi revenge will just have to wait.
To be honest, there's not much elso to say. Once again Beñat wasn't Beñat and had to be substituted at half-time, Guillermo Molins came on to play 45 minutes and looked understandably rusty, Álvaro Vadillo looked like a boy playing against men (which of course he is), and the Betis man of the match was probably Rúben Pérez, who had a particularly dynamic game against the team that still officially hold his rights. But the well-organised Atletico Madrid defence were so much in charge throughout that all that is pretty much incidental. The better team went through, no doubt about it.
And so endeth Betis's 2012/13 cup dreams. They were fun while they lasted.
Betis: Casto; Ángel, Amaya, Perquis, Nacho; Rubén Pérez, Beñat (Jorge Molina, m. 45), Salva Sevilla; Joel (Molins, m. 45), Vadillo y Rubén Castro (Nono, m. 70).
Goals: 0-1, m. 45, Diego Costa. 1-1, m. 89, Jorge Molina (pen.)