* Late Simao goal helps Atletico edge Recre 5-4 on aggregate
* Mallorca come back to beat Rayo with stoppage-time goal
(Recasts after late game)
By Mark Elkington
MADRID, Jan 14 Simao's stunning late freekick
put Atletico Madrid into the King's Cup quarter-finals after an
exhilarating 5-1 victory over Recreativo Huelva on Thursday.
An epic fightback saw them through 5-4 on aggregate after
they overturned a daunting 3-0 first-leg deficit.
Portugal winger Simao curled his effort into the top corner
six minutes from time after they looked to have blown their
earlier good work against the second division visitors.
Simao had set Atletico on their way after 22 minutes and
further goals from Sergio Aguero and Tomas Ujfalusi had them 3-0
up at the break.
Aguero's shot was then deflected into the Recre net by
visiting defender Troest after 62 minutes, but Atletico went on
to press the self-destruct button.
Midfielder Paulo Assuncao was caught in possession in his
own area allowing Carmona to grab an all-important away goal for
Recre in the 71st, and then got himself sent off two minutes
later for a second bookable offence.
But, despite being a man down, Atletico continued to press
and Simao grabbed his second goal to set up a last-eight meeting
next week with another second division side Celta Vigo.
Earlier, a stoppage-time goal sent Real Mallorca into the
quarter-finals after a 3-1 win over second division Rayo
Vallecano put the La Liga side through 4-3 on aggregate.
Mallorca substitute Mario Suarez fired in from close range
to complete an exciting comeback and avoid extra time at a
rainswept Ono Estadi.
Visiting Rayo, who won the first leg 2-1 last week, had
opened the scoring with a breakaway effort from striker Piti on
the stroke of halftime.
Mallorca, who have won every home game this season, rallied
with Victor heading the ball into the net at a corner in the
50th and then firing home at the far post 10 minutes later.
Mallorca will meet Getafe in the last eight.
The other two quarter-finals see Sevilla, who knocked out
holders Barcelona, play Deportivo Coruna, and Racing Santander
take on Osasuna.
(Writing by Mark Elkington, editing by Justin Palmer and Ken
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