La Liga: Atlético 0 – 0 Sevilla

Frustrating Sevilla hold Atleti to a goalless draw

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Reyes unable to score against
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Atlético Madrid were held to a goalless draw by fellow Champions League contenders Sevilla.

There were plenty of chances for either side to score in the Vicente Calderón on Sunday night, but both goalkeepers managed to keep a clean sheet by making numerous impressive saves.

Gregorio Manzano made some changes to his formation after the 1-1 tie with Stade Rennes. Diego Godín and Tiago replaced Miranda and Gabi, while Sílvio returned from injury. In attack the coach chose for Sevilla youth product José Antonio Reyes, who took Adrián’s place.

Reyes was our most dangerous player in the opening period of the game. In the fifth minute he had the chance to score, but he couldn’t get enough power behind the shot with his weaker right foot.

A little later the Andalusian missed another huge opportunity. A loose ball fell before his feet only a couple of yards away from goal when Sevilla failed to clear Sílvio’s low cross, but Reyes slipped and his shot curled just past the wrong side of the post.

Atlético had the upper hand in the first half and came close to scoring in the 21st minute, but Tiago and Diego got in each other’s way and the Brazilian’s ensuing effort went off target.

All of Atleti’s attacks went through Reyes and the winger set up Arda Turan on the edge of the area after half an hour, but the Turk’s attempt was blocked by a Sevilla defender.

The visitors struggled to keep possession and used all their tricks to frustrate Atlético and slow down the pace of the game. Undiano Mallenco had his hands full with the heated affair and showed seven yellow cards in the first half.

Sevilla returned from the dressing rooms with more offensive intentions, because they pinned Atleti back on their own half. The best chance after the break was for Manu del Moral, who stole the ball in midfield from Mario Suárez and went through on goal because the midfielder was our last man. But Manu, who played a handful of games for Atlético in the past, was unable to beat Thibaut Courtois.

The Belgian ‘keeper did very well to stop shots from Jesús Navas and Freddy Kanouté as well.

After an hour of play we forced ourselves back into the game and almost took the lead, but Falcao missed from close range after great work by Reyes on the right side.

Some minutes later the Colombian again received the ball from Reyes, but this time Javi Varas did brilliantly to get a touch on Falcao’s shot and the ball went just wide. Within a minute the goalkeeper again was called to action, when he pulled off a spectacular save to shut out Reyes once more.

Atleti piled on the pressure with shots from Diego and Gabi, while at the other end Spahic came within inches of scoring with a dangerous header.

Sevilla seemed happy to take a point back home, as they continued to frustrate Atleti and shamelessly wasted time to fulfill the 90 minutes.

In the added time substitute Eduardo Salvio almost scored a late winner, but his diagonal shot whistled past the post.

Atleti managed to keep another clean sheet, but also haven’t won in three matches. We finish the weekend in eighth position in la Liga, which resumes after an international break. Our next match is away to newly promoted Granada on the 15th of October.

Line-up: Courtois; Sílvio, Godín, Domínguez, Filipe; Tiago (“67 Gabi), Mario, Diego; Reyes (“76 Salvio), Falcao and Arda Turan.

Goals: –

  • Mais

    frustrating…but at least it was another clean sheet and still undefeated at many of our players are called up for their national teams?

  • palc

    Why did you have to play with those ugly yellow slippery cleats Reyes?

  • 92

    Indeed disappointing result, we had chances to score, but that’s football, the result doesn’t help us in our CL quest, although it’s early in the season to determine if we qualify or not, the team played to win the game, but Varas put in effort to deny us the opening, so we must not panic, we still have a lot of matches to keep up with the top teams, hopefully these 2 weeks rest help us fix our mistakes, so we can start winning matches.

  • Honestly this result is a bit disappointing, I hope we´ll be
    more successful in future matches in order to achieve
    our aims.

  • AtletiFanInPhilly

    Good game by Atleti. The defense was solid for about 75-80 minutes of the game. When the defense faltered, Courtois appeared to save the team.

    The offense created chances. But, yet again, Atleti could not capitalize and put the ball into the net.

    I thought Manzano did a good job with the substitution. Salvio for Reyes provided fresh legs, as did Gabi for Tiago.

    It was really a good performance all around. Unfortunately, no one could score.

  • John Greece

    I’m the only one who sees no creativity,nor game plan?If we continue play like this we will finish in the mid table with mediocre games.Cerezo must shake things up starting with telling Manzano off for this mess.Atletico has the best squad in years and a possible failure would cost us too much.

  • AtletiFanInPhilly

    John: Why do you say no game plan or creativity? Not challenging, just curious.

  • davidincali

    simple. atleti was not clinical. plenti chances to score… it was not to be. all it came down to was one goal… didnt score… vamos el tigre…

  • Are you guys happy with our curtois??cause i want him to replace cech in 2 years time and im very happy for him and you guys.and plz tel me a bit about de gea

  • akr

    four games without scoring and many many missed opportunity !!! they must do something!!!! we can’t finish in CL like this

  • Gert

    I liked Falcao more when he wsn’t wearing those green Puma’s…


  • Davide

    John Greece//

    So you think it´s Manzanos fault that Reyes missed a clear cut goal by shooting outside the post or that Falcao missed to two open chances from 2 metres?

    Sevilla is a top team and you can not afford to miss those chances. Sooner or later a team like Sevilla will work their way in to the game and start creating chances themselves.

    You cannot win all games by a four goal margin. Tight games against top league opposition is often won by single goal, like Valencia did to us at the Mestalla.

    Against Sevilla it was the fault of some of the players, not Manzano. Concentration was not good enough. We created some very good oppurtunities but failed to convert.

    In these games you have to score that single goal to change the shape of the game played.

    Not to mention Sevillas keeper, who made the performance of his life.

    We will take that lesson with us into next game. Our team is almost new and i believe we seem to have more of a gameplan and tactict than we had in many years.

    I like what Manzanos is doing to the team.

    At least i don’t have to sit through another season watching Perea launch useless high long ball dingers into no mans land through out the game.

  • John Greece


    I understand that we must not panic and realize that Sevilla is a good team,but this year we have the chance to surpass our previous ambitions.Even if Reyes or Falcao scored we still would struggle.This roster must not be used to challenge for the mid-table but to offer us first good football.I like Manzano’s defence approach but we have enough players to play attractive football,creating chances for goal.Then Reyes would have more chances to prove if he is good enough for atleti.

  • Javi

    I agree with Davide we only tied because of Javi Varas’ spectacular saves and our three or four misses at the mouth of the goal
    Manzano actually fixed several of the problems we had with Barsa and Rennes so that the team was fluid in bringing the ball from the defense to the front and we did very well pressuring Sevilla all the times
    We now need to coordinate the offense a bit better
    The gols will come
    But you can’t blame Manzano fir Falcao and reyes’ misses
    I thought we played well, better than sevilla

  • 92

    Chelsea Fan!, I am happy with Courtois, unfortunately he is Chelsea’s property, but he is a solid keeper considering he is just 19 years, can you imagine!, I think that in 5 years he is gonna be in the top 5 keeper’s list, no offense to De Gea but Courtois seems more calm and secure than him, so all Chelsea fans should be very happy that Courtois is gonna replace Cech with no problem.
    About De Gea, he is still young and hopefully Sir Alex can polish his mistakes and make him into Van Der Sar’s heir, is not gonna be an easy task but I’m sure Sir Alex is gonna acomplish that task.

  • starvs

    Chelsea Fans, Courtois is truly a beast. He is huge, his reflexes are solid, and his hands are like magnets. He can also punt the ball like 70 yards. He is certainly on the path to become a top 5 keeper in the world as 92 said.

  • atletisrael

    I think we are forgeting what de gea did for us for the last years… I really think he is the best of them both.

    About the game it was a realy good one and a goal would have done it perfect. When falcao is having a bad day he should be replaced!!!

  • Well thanks for your info atleti fans,wish u good luck for the season!!

  • 92

    atletisrael, no man, one can’t forget about De Gea and his outstanding saves, the penaltys he stopped and all he did for the club, which was contributing to win the Europa League and the UEFA Supercup, I just think Courtois is slightly better at his age, nonetheless De Gea plays for the best team in England (Man. U), and is coached by Sir Alex, one of the best managers ever in the history of football, De Gea hasn’t reach the top of his game yet, I’m sure that De Gea is gonna become into one the top 5 GK’S within the next years but he needs to improve and I’m sure Sir Alex will manage to turn him into a top GK.