La Liga: Atlético 4 – 0 Sevilla

Four star performance from Rojiblancos as Sevilla are put to the sword

Miranda on target in emphatic win

Miranda on target in emphatic win

Atlético de Madrid put out a real statement on Sunday evening, producing a fabulous performance as goals from Falcao, Spahic (og), Koke and Miranda secured a 4-0 win over Sevilla.

The visitors ended up having three players sent off in what was a memorable night at the Vicente Calderón.

After thumping Betis in the derby last weekend, Sevilla came into the game full of confidence but could do nothing to prevent a rampant Atlético, who had the win all but wrapped up before half-time.

The home side lined-up as expected, with Simeone bringing Koke and Diego Costa into the line-up following their impressive appearances from the bench at Granada last week. Tiago also came into midfield for the suspended Mario Suárez.

Proceedings started in a fairly even manner, but from the off it was Atleti who looked to take control. José Antonio Reyes, who didn’t get the best reception on his return to his previous club, had the game’s first effort but couldn’t trouble Courtois.

Referee Iglesias Villanueva made the decision that changed the game after 20 minutes, one that would perhaps have been a lot more controversial had the result not been so emphatic.

With the ball bouncing inside the area, both Falcao and Koke were hauled to the ground, leaving Villanueva with no choice but to point to spot,  and also send off defender Federico Fazio for his troubles.

After a delay, Radamel Falcao composed himself and fired straight down the middle to put his team in front, and finally claimed his long awaited 50th goal as an Atlético player.

Míchel will have been hoping to get his team in at half-time just the one goal behind, but five minutes before half-time saw his defence capitulate as our forward players ran riot.

With gaps now appearing, it was Falcao again who instigated the second goal, charging forward on a counter attack before playing in Arda Turan to beat Palop via an Emir Spahić deflection.

Then, on 44 minutes, it was Diego Costa’s turn to make his mark on the game, capitalising on further sloppy defending to find Koke, who finished with a clever scissor kick to make it 3-0 and send the home fans into raptures.

There was no way back for 10-man Sevilla, and although Simeone’s team were able to take their foot off the gas in the second half, the game pattern was more of the same.

Costa nearly added his name to the scoresheet after the break, but his deflected effort came back off the bar. He was withdrawn just past the hour mark to great applause, suggesting he could be a starter in the derby next week.

Before the end, the visitors saw two more players sent off, substitute Antonio Luna was dismissed for protesting a decision, and midfield man Ivan Rakitić was also given his marching orders for a second yellow card.

There was time for one more Atleti goal though, and after Filipe’s long range effort was repelled by Palop in injury time, Arda Turan was on hand to square the ball for Miranda to tap home from close range and put the gloss on an excellent performance.

In truth, the scoreline did not flatter the Colchoneros, and although the first red card did change the course of the game, they were still more than good value for the win.

Sevilla could only manage one effort at goal across the entire 90 minutes, being brought back down to earth with a bang after their derby demolition of Betis.

Atlético on the other hand will go into next week’s Madrid derby with plenty of belief and momentum, as well as a full squad to pick from as none of our players in danger of suspension (Gabi, Filipe, Miranda) were cautioned today.

However, before then we host Real Jaén in the cup on Wednesday evening, with just the formalities to deal with after a comfortable 3-0 first leg win.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe; Gabi (“74 Emre), Tiago; Arda, Koke (“78 Raúl García), Diego Costa (“65 Cebolla); and Falcao.

Goals: 1-0 Falcao p.k. (“22); 2-0 Spahic o.g. (“40); 3-0 Koke (“44); 4-0 Miranda (“90+1)

  • Jorge

    Things are lining up nicely for the derby…

  • sequeira

    I think Arda played fantastic.I am curious of what happens if arda doesnt play a couple of weeks.Because he is the only creative player on pitch. The whole team is running too much and struggle for a win. I celebrate the whole team for their high effort.

  • Shlomgar

    When Arda was away we’ve managed. And we do have Koke for creativity as well.
    We’re not perfect, we don’t have the amounts of money Barca and Real has, so we can’t really compare our second squad to theirs. And luckily we don’t have to.

  • Dircil

    Haha, I’m more than happy with the quality of the squad now. The only thing we need to improve now is to get a decent playmaker like Diego. I desperately hope he’ll come back. He’s the last piece of the winning Atleti’s squad haha. Anyone with me? >.<

  • AtleticoPhilly

    Dircil: Every team should covet the best possible players, so I suppose it is natural that you ask about Diego, a talented player.

    But, looking at this season, why would you want to add Diego? Would you want Diego to play over Koke, Raul Garcia, Arda, or Cebolla?

    This team has chemistry, and it is playing extremely well together. I would prefer not to add any players, as not to offset the equilibrium.

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    What about a new defensiv midfielder? as it looks very lilely that Thiago Mendes Will be sold this January. As he is on his last year of his contract, so we could might get in some cash for him.

  • esh

    wow.. trust me we got lucky wen we managed to play without arda.. emre came in and played well wen arda was injured… but arda is amazing dude.. definitely athletico’s 2nd best player after falcao this season hands down.. the guy is a beast.. he attacks with all his energy and then comes back to defend.. against rayo diego simeone subbed him off and they scored 3 goals very quickly.. everytime arda got subbed off like 70 min or so the other team managed to come back… as you can see diego now keeps arda 90 mins or subbs in late in the game like 88… we need his tracking and defence in midfield.. arda is our heartbeat for mid.. he is amazing.. i love him more than falcao… bcuz eventually falcao will leave.. arda turan got a 10 million euro a year salary offer from anzhi and rejected it .. bcuz he is loyal to atletico…

  • Roni40

    Who’s Athletico?

  • javier

    arda turan is special guy bcuz he is playing everywhere sometime right sometime left and playmaker we can see him when do defence really he is working alot for team and I hope he doesn’t leave to team ı love him he is best with falcao…..

  • Ratchet

    Now bring on Real!!

  • Shlomgar

    Area is best with everyone. And his loyalty is yet to be challenged, it will once the offer from Liverpool would arrive.

    When you say he is the 2nd most important I tend to disagree. Neither Godin nor Miranda is more important I agree, but their link up is. Mario and Gabi as well. FullBack duo sets our style of play as what it is.

    Most elegant, yes, most creative, of course. Most important? I would say Simeone.

  • Sinan

    Arda is more important then Falcao.

    When A.Madrid is stuck, and they have no way out. Then Arda will stand up, and do his thing. Not only is he a attacking midfielder, but he also defends very well.

    If Arda wants, he can score as well. But he has ‘always’ a eye for his teammate, he’s never to greedy.

  • Yon

    Hopefully plays Oli in the Copa Del Rey!!!!!!!!!!

  • Arjit

    Yes, I’m very excited to see oliver! This game was great. Let’s hope Arda and Falcao both see the value in our team and stay for years to come! This isn’t the team that Aguero, Forlan or Torres left, we’re at a different level now. A REAL alternative to Barca or Real? We’ll find out next week 🙂

  • esh

    Shlomgar: lol simeone is #1 important if ur counting coaches.. but i was talkin about players.. the defence has played well no doubt.. but the last 2 games arda scored the winners wen falcao wasn’t focused… this game arda had 2 assists.. 1 for miranda and the own goal didnt count as his goal which it shud of but it still counts as his assist cuz he hit the ball last.. so thats 2 goals 2 assits in 3 la liga games and 9 points… i love atletico madrid this season.. every game they surprise me.. so much fun watching..

  • Dircil

    @AtleticoPhilly: I know if Diego comes to Atletico, there will be no room for Koke or Oliver. However, I think he can be a very good tutor for Koke and Oliver. These two can watch the way Diego plays every match and learn from it. Regarding Cebolla, Raul Garcia and Emre they are not even as good as Koke. I consider them just decent subs rather than first team player.

  • Nick Poskitt

    Koke’s goal was great, by the way, if you haven’t seen it make sure you catch some highlights!

  • esh

    no comment on how arda was great? without him we dont win hes better than falcao

  • Martin Rosenow

    Arda was great.