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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid live score, updates, highlights from Madrid derby in Copa del Rey

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The Copa del Rey quarterfinals provide fans with a special treat as two heated rivals meet at the Santiago Bernabeu with Atletico Madrid visiting hosts Real Madrid.

Local derbies rarely get fiercer than this, with the two sides contesting tough matches for years. They have not met in the Copa del Rey since 2015, when Atletico Madrid dumped Real out of the competition in the Round of 16 on a 4-2 aggregate score.

This time, there’s just one single leg to decide a winner, with Barcelona and Osasuna already through to the semifinals after Wednesday’s action.

With Real Madrid in poor form and already behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race, they won’t want to fall victim to another hated rival in the domestic cup competition as well.

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The Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Real Madrid (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Courtois (GK) — 6. N. Fernandez, 22. Rudiger, 3. Militao, 23. F. Mendy — 8. Kroos, 12. Camavinga, 10. Modric — 15. F. Valverde, 9. Benzema, 20. Vinicius Jr.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid live updates, highlights, commentary

97 mins to kick: The Real Madrid lineup is out and Carlo Ancelotti has taken sides in one of the more fascinating tactical decisions. Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have been in incredibly poor form of late, especially the German. Both were benched for the recent win over Athletic Club, and Dani Ceballos starred in their place.

So what does Ancelotti do? He certainly can’t just bench two extremely important and valuable players thanks to a short run of crappy form, but sitting Ceballos would be spitting in the face of a prime player who worked hard to earn his place and played well. Can he rotate the two aging greats until if/when Ceballos falls off? We’ll get an idea as to his thinking today when the Real Madrid lineup is released.

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Well, we have our answer. With the Copa del Rey, Ancelotti has afforded Modric and Kroos the chance to regain their form, with Ceballos sat. It’s likely that a stinker from either would see Ceballos back into the lineup for Sunday against Real Sociedad.

120 mins to kick: Local derbies can get fierce, especially one featuring two massive clubs such as the ones in Madrid. Still, there are lines that cannot be crossed, and one of those boundaries was pushed as a mannequin wearing a Vinicius Jr jersey was found in the early hours of the morning hanging from an overpass in Madrid. The mannequin was accompanied by a banner that read “Madrid hates Real.”

It’s a disgusting act of racism towards a black player, one who has been the recipient of things like this before. Last September, Vinicius was subjected to racist chants during the Madrid derby at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid lineups & team news

A few injuries have sapped Real Madrid of their depth. The most notable issue is with Aurelien Tchouameni, who remains out after picking up an injury at the World Cup, forcing Eduardo Camavinga into action. David Alaba is back fit, and could enter to give Eder Militao a rest.

Eden Hazard cropped up with an ankle injury in training and is out for this match, while Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal are also sidelined. Vazquez’s ankle issue is a weeks-long problem that could leave him out of action until March.

One decision Carlo Ancelotti faced is in midfield, where aging greats Luca Modric and Toni Kroos are out of form. Dani Ceballos was great off the bench against Villarreal, and then stayed positive after earning the start against Athletic Club on the weekend. Ancelotti has returned both to the lineup, using a domestic Cup match to give them a chance to regain form.

Real Madrid confirmed starting lineup (3-5-2): Courtois (GK) — N. Fernandez, Rudiger, Militao, Mendy — Kroos, Camavinga, Modric — F. Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.

Real Madrid subs (10): Lunin (GK), L. Lopez (GK), Vallejo, Arribas, Martin, Odorizola, Ceballos, Asensio, Rodrygo, M. Diaz.

Diego Simeone has nearly a fully fit squad available for selection, with only an issue for defender Jose Gimenez to worry about. The Uruguayan has been missing for the past two La liga matches, plus the last Copa del Rey match as well.

Otherwise, the squad is fully fit, meaning decisions have to be made, especially in midfield. Could Koke or Axel Witsel remain on the field, or will Rodrigo De Paul and Geoffrey Kondogbia return to the starting lineup?

There’s also the situation around Yannick Carrasco to figure out, with rumors of a move to Barcelona swirling. Most reports seem to believe that Carrasco will not switch until the summer, but his time could be reduced if he’s on his way out.

Atletico Madrid projected starting lineup (4-4-2): Oblak (GK) — Molina, Savic, Hermoso, Reinildo — Llorente, De Paul, Kondogbia, Carrasco — Griezmann, Depay.

Atletico Madrid subs (9): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid

This match is available to stream on ESPN+ in the USA and ViaPlay in the UK, both of which require a subscription to view.

In countries in which Bet365 operates, the stream is available for registered users of the sports betting site who have a funded account and have made a bet in a specific window of time.

Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid betting odds & lines

Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and Neds (Australia).

As the hosts and more advanced side in the La Liga table, Real Madrid are understandable favorites, with Atletico Madrid at over 3/1 to emerge with a 90-minute victory on the road.

The bigger question is how the game will play out, with the under somewhat favored and a defensive battle expected. Atletico Madrid have long had a defensive reputation under Diego Simeone, but Real Madrid are also in poor goalscoring form, leading to the slight lean towards fewer goals.