VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Valencia on Tuesday to claim an away-goal advantage in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey, just days before its key Spanish league clash against Barcelona.
Atletico midfielder Raul Garcia put the cup holders ahead by nodding in the ball following Vicente Guaita's goalkeeping error in the 72nd minute of the first-leg match.
But Valencia kept pressing and after being frustrated by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on several occasions, Helder Postiga headed home the equalizer deep in stoppage time.
Atletico hosts Barcelona on Saturday with both teams level at the top of the Spanish league.
Atletico will go into that much-awaited game with an impressive record of 23 wins, three draws and one loss in all competitions this season. It had won seven straight games before this draw.
"They barely threatened in the first half, but I had a lot of work in the second," Courtois said. "We tried to hold on for the win but at least we have the away goal.
"We know we have a great game ahead of us on Saturday."