It was easy for Real in the end, the better team on the night. Even so, Atalanta had their chances, and had Robin Gosens tucked away his early close-range effort, or the referee allowed Luis Muriel to run on goal instead of blowing up right on 45 minutes, the story could have been different. But the 13-time winners make the quarters, deservedly so, Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Marco Asensio taking advantage of a series of defensive mistakes by the Italian underdogs. It’s up to Lazio to keep Italy’s flag flying … and they’re 4-1 down against the reigning champs.
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90 min +4: Real stroke it around, running down the clock in elegant style.
90 min +2: Benzema tears down the right and tees up Rodrygo, whose elaborate dink is batted away by Sportiello.
87 min: Malinovskyi lashes over from distance. Along with Muriel, he’s one of only two Atalanta players not to have disappointed tonight.
86 min: That was such a clever free kick by Atalanta, and it briefly gave the Italians a lifeline. But it frayed in double-quick time.
GOAL! Real Madrid 3-1 Atalanta (Asensio 84); agg 4-1
Nope. Atalanta make two changes before the restart, and confuse themselves. Caldara and Miranchuk come on for Pessina and Muriel, then Benzema races down the right and rolls across to Asensio, who fires into the bottom left. The keeper should have done better.