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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Atletico Captures King's Cup

COMBINED REPORTS


ZARAGOZA, Spain -- A rare header by Serbian winger Milinko Pantic in extra time gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory over Barcelona in the Spanish King's Cup Final.


Wednesday's win gave Atletico its third cup success in five years after victories in 1991 and 1992.


"My first title, now we're going to win the league," said Pantic, who has played a major role in Atletico's revival after narrowly avoiding relegation last season.


In a game highlighted by constant attack but dozens of botched scoring opportunities, Atletico goalkeeper Jose Molina held off Barcelona with boldness and confidence, constantly charging out to meet his attackers.


Atletico, which won its ninth King's Cup since the tourney began in 1902 and the team's first since its 1992 victory over Real Madrid, took some time to gain control early in the first half at Zaragoza's Romareda stadium.


Barcelona's Romanian striker Gheorghe Hagi and Portuguese striker Luis Figo each came within inches of goals before Atletico's Francisco "Kiko'' Narvaez fired just wide in the 34th minute.


Argentine midfielder Diego Simeone threatened four minutes later but got caught in a bunched Barcelona defense in the area.


Wednesday's victory is bound to boost the morale of Atletico, which has led the Spanish league all season but has slid in recent weeks as Barcelona has risen to within three points of the leader.


Barcelona has won the King's Cup 22 times, most recently against Real Madrid in 1990. ()