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, in Valencia, Spain.
Atletico midfielder Raul Garcia put the cup holders ahead after a goalkeeping error by Vicente Guaita 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 had won seven games in a row in all competitions. It hosts Barcelona on Saturday with both teams level at the top of the Spanish league.
Valencia remained unbeaten in two games under new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi.