With a comfortable 3-0 win over fourth-tier Cardassar, Atletico Madrid eased into the second round of the Copa del Rey.
Diego Simeone’s side crashed out in the last round of 32 last season, losing 2-1 to minnows Cultural Leonesa, who won the last of their 10 Copa del Rey titles in 2012-13.
On this occasion, they endured no such humiliation, with the outstanding Thomas Lemar putting them ahead after some excellent goalkeeping from Angel Pedro Sanchez Marin of Cardassar.
With Sime Vrsaljko on hand to wrap things up late, Ricard Sanchez got the second, Atleti’s debutant right-back picking out the corner to bring the visitors into a commanding lead.
If not for Marin, who pulled off a superb double save to deny Lemar and Angel Correa, Atleti’s early dominance would have told you.
Felipe fell foul of an unpredictable bounce from the ensuing counter of Cardassar, but it was not taken under control by Miguel Alvarez, and Atleti made the hosts pay.
Lemar sent out a dipping right-foot strike beyond Marin and in off the left-hand upright, having designed space 25 yards out.
Correa missed a decent opportunity to add to Atleti’s advantage, but when Sanchez curved a sublime effort into the top-right corner three minutes prior to half-time, the visitors had their second.
When Correa slipped a low ball across the area, Lemar looked set to catch his second of the night, while Gabriel Roig Sureda defended admirably.
Moments after coming off Atleti’s bench, Sergio Camello sliced wide of a gaping goal, although it was a miss that mattered little.
His substitute Vrsaljko side-footed in from Lucas Torreira’s cross to add more gloss for Atleti with Sanchez having made way.