Giantkillers Hercules shock Atletico Madrid 4-1

Hercules have humiliated Atletico Madrid 4-1 in Liga action last night.

Hercules have humiliated Atletico Madrid 4-1 in Liga action last night.

The home side had the points all but wrapped up by half-time after netting four times before the break through Jorge Tote, Nelson Haedo Valdez, Olivier Thomert and David Trezeguet.

Atletico pulled a goal back late on through Jose Antonio Reyes but it was nothing more than a consolation for Quique Sanchez Flores' men, who are now seven points adrift of fourth-placed Valencia and the final Champions League spot.

For promoted Hercules, the victory lifts them up to 11th spot and is the latest of a series of impressive displays against La Liga's big guns this season.

The Alicante-based outfit are the only side to have beaten Barcelona so far, stunning the champions 2-0 at the Nou Camp, while they have also defeated Sevilla, drew with Villarreal after leading twice and were beating Real Madrid at half-time before going down to two late Cristiano Ronaldo goals.

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