Atletico shrug off transfer ban to reach King's Cup quarter-finals

Madrid: Atletico Madrid bounced back from a difficult day for the club off the field to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey with a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

FIFA handed the Liga leaders and rivals Real Madrid a one-year transfer ban to take effect from July on Thursday for alleged irregularities in the signing of minors.

Both clubs have signalled their intention to appeal, but unlike Real, who were expelled from the Cup earlier in the competition for fielding an ineligible player, Atletico could at least console themselves with a place in the last eight.

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