Copa del Rey: Sevilla 2 – 2 Atlético
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)