Copa del Rey: Sevilla 2 – 2 Atlético

Atleti turn cup final into a Derbi Madrileño

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa against Sevilla

Diego Costa - Man of the Match (AS)

The final of the Copa del Rey will be an all-Madrilenian affair.

We don’t quite know when or where the showdown will occur, but we know that our sixth final in three years will be against our cross-town rivals Real Madrid.

Atleti qualified for the King’s Cup final on Wednesday night after beating Sevilla over two legs (4-3 on aggregate).

Despite a whole host of chances for the home team, Atleti always looked comfortable at the Sánchez Pizjuan. The led for almost the entire game after early goals from their striking duo.

The Colchoneros got off to a perfect start and dealt a huge blow to Sevilla in the sixth minute. Diego Costa brought the ball down, turned away from two defenders and then drilled it in off the far post.

With his goal Costa became the leading scorer in the Copa del Rey this season with 7 goals, one more than both Álvaro Negredo and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sevilla hoped to find their way back into the tie but headers from close range by Gary Medel and Ivan Rakitic went wide. Atleti weren’t as wasteful with their chances.

Atleti doubled their lead in the 29th minute after some great link-up play from Costa and Radamel Falcao. Our Colombian hero sent Costa running down the left wing, only to beat his defender and turn Costa’s return pass into the back of the net.

Shortly before the break Jesús Navas gave his team a lifeline. The tricky winger showed he’s also got a scoring touch (even if this was only his first goal of the season) and curled in a beautiful strike off the post to make it 1-2.

At the start of the second half Sevilla created a series of chances but the home side lacked composure and the killer instinct every time they got anywhere near Thibaut Courtois. The goalkeeper denied Manu del Moral and stood by as attempts by Medel, Rakitic and Negredo went wide of the target.

Diego Costa and Falcao both missed chances to complete a brace, with the Brazilian missing a golden opportunity to decide the tie.

Things were made easier for Atleti when Gary Medel picked up two bookings within the space of a minute in the closing stages. The Chilean lost his temper and kicked out at Diego Costa. Costa again managed to get under the skin of his opponents and confirmed his status as public enemy number one in Sevilla.

The numerical advantage led to two more opportunities for Atleti, but Diego Costa fired wide and Cebolla’s attempt was blocked by Beto. At the other end Courtois easily caught a deflected shot by Kondogbia.

The young French midfielder showed both his good and bad side in the added time. First Kondogbia set up Ivan Rakitic for the equalizer. The Croatian scored with a low drive similar to Costa’s opening goal, and moments later Kondogbia received a straight red for stomping on our number 19, ending a heated confrontation between two rivals at the Sánchez Pizjuan.

Despite Sevilla’s actions late on, Simeone’s men managed to keep their calm and avoided unnecessary bookings. The boys knew exactly what was at stake and Cholo should have all his players at his disposal when we take on Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey.

Line-up: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Cata Díaz, Filipe; Raúl García (“73 Koke), Gabi, Tiago (“24 Mario), Arda Turan (“64 C. Rodríguez); Diego Costa and Falcao.

Goals: 0-1 Diego Costa (“6); 0-2 Falcao (“29); 1-2 Jesús Navas (“39); 2-2 Rakitic (“91)

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    Ironic how this is Spain, where they tie up a bull’s privates while Kondogbia stomped on “The Bull” right on his privates.

  • Will

    Man, it should be unbearable to face Diego Costa in the other team. Every single team gets crazy with him… Nice to have him with us.

  • Am over the moon. I can’t wait to see how we will end this derby curse. I luv Diego Costa i enjoy watching him.
    We are copa champions.
    Go for the trophy Atleti!!!

  • JimboWithTheDancingShoes

    Medel broke Tiago’s arm when he kicked him corsing he’s substitution and didnt even get a card! Clearet red(/yellow). It is Said that he Will be out to month.. Not good for debth at all…

  • Ratchet

    Into the final!!!

  • Shlomgar

    Wow. Two clubs from Madrid with nothing else two play for… This would be epic.

  • Javi

    Medel and Sevilla should be sacntioned severely. He, Rakitic and Kondogbia, clearly went out to injur our players throught the game.
    Tiago might be out for two months when we need him the most.
    This should not be allowed.

  • piserakos

    puta sevilla!!! hope we will destroy them at the league match with an enormus score with costa score a lot, they kicked all the game our players!!! really angry with those nobs, someone should had punished them… anyway vamos a la final de copa… hope we could play tomorow:P can’t wait untill may… beat real! for now let’s focous at la liga untill this day… any predict for the host ground?? i wish calderon and i predict mestalla

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    I predict Camp Nou

  • Alex21


  • Shlomgar

    I saw somewhere that they would probably agree on the Bernabeo for it is larger

  • Alex21

    Home field advantage? Is that possible?

  • Urban

    Funny thing is that it is actually us who wants Bernabeu.

    The philosophy of our club is that such event will enchance olimpic chances of Madrid, which in turn would boost La Peineta, and furthermore we already assume that it is better then VC since our support will be better so the more supporters the better.

    And it would be easier for RM to agree on SB.

  • Mahmoud

    “Funny thing is that it is actually us who wants Bernabeu.”

    Also history is in our favour. We’ve played RM three times there in Copa del Rey finals and won each time, but at the Calderon we lost on penalties.

  • Alex21

    Well, thanks for the info fellas. I suppose now that makes some since. I guess we will just have to see.

  • Kaminero

    Life is full of problems. Atlético take them away.

  • piserakos

    alex where are you from man??? well i also think if we want bernabeu(about 80.000 attanders) so about 40.000 frente atletico will me this stadium a really hell

  • shay

    I really want Jesus Navas to sign with Atleti..

  • ali_

    i really dont. 😀 anyway as i know he has a strong homesickness, thats the reason he hasnt signed to another club yet.