La Liga: Atlético 0 – 0 Sevilla
Sevilla hold Atleti to goalless draw at home as Atleti stay second
Atlético Madrid missed the chance to return to the top of La Liga on Sunday afternoon, as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home against Sevilla.
Despite the visitors being reduced to ten men, Atleti failed to capitilise and will be disappointed to only take a point from the match.
It was an interesting starting eleven for Atlético. Diego Simeone chose to go with Luciano Vietto up-front alongside Antoine Griezmann, relegating Jackson Martínez to the substitutes bench.
Savic started in place of José Giménez, whislt Augusto made his home debut for Atlético despite playing four games already for los Rojiblancos.
It was an intense start to the game, with both teams pressing early on as the fans inside the Vicente Calderón made themself heard.
Sevilla did very well to match Atlético in the opening half hour, going toe-to-toe with Atleti out wide. They defended in numbers and refused to be drawn out of their eighteen yard box when Atleti had the ball, forcing a number of long shots from the home side.
An Antoine Griezmann cross was met by a Gabi volley for the first chance of the game, but the captain’s effort was wayward. The chances were few and far between.
Sevilla’s best opportunity came after 36 minutes. A slip in the right-back position from Gabi opened up a chance for Escudero, who crossed to Ever Banega. The midfielder’s shot took a deflection off of Saúl before catching the crossbar on the way over.
The first shot on target wasn’t until the 39th minute, when Escudero tried to catch Oblak off of his line. No luck for the Spaniard.
Simeone decided to take Augusto out of the game at half-time, with Yannick Carrasco the man to replace him.
The second half started as the first began, pressing from both teams in the middle of the field whilst remaining tight at the back.
Antoine Griezmann tried to dance his way through into the Sevilla box, but fell on his way through. The referee Iglesias Villanueva waved away the protests for a penalty.
Sevilla were reduced to ten men, as Farid had predicted in our match preview, on the hour-mark as Luciano Vietto was brought down outside of the box by Vitolo.
Some fantastic play from Vietto in the corner sees him beat Coke at the corner flag, before Vitolo decided to bring the young Argentinean down. It was a second booking for the Sevilla man, and he was giving his marching orders.
Unai Emery obviously thought that Vietto went down a little too easily, and the ex-Valencia manager was clearly incensed on the sideline. He was arguing with the fourth official and it wasn’t long before the referee sent the Sevilla manager to the stands to watch the rest of the game.
A clever free kick from Atlético almost set up the first goal of the game. Gabi slotted the ball through to Carrasco who broke from the wall perfectly, but his shot was deflected over the bar for a corner.
With 20 minutes left in the second half, and their opponents down to ten men, Atleti knew that they would have to step the pressure up on the Sevilla defence if they were going to move back to the top of La Liga.
The Sevilla sub Gameiro almost had his name on the scoresheet after a goalmouth scramble in the Atleti box, but the striker couldn’t convert the bouncing loose ball.
Saúl made way for Atlético, and it was Jackson Martínez who replaced the promising young Spaniard. A change of shape was on the cards.
Ángel Correa was Simeone’s final change of the match, replacing Luciano Vietto as the game ticked in to the final ten.
Gabi had another chance from distance, but it was saved well by Sergio Rico after it was hit straight at him.
The little Argentinean Correa looked great when he came on, and at one point did very well to beat three Sevilla players on a surge into the box, but couldn’t get to the ball before the goalkeeper.
Jackson Martínez on the other hand, didn’t have a meaningful touch of the ball since he came on.
The referee signalled for five minutes of added time, as a result of an entire half of Sevilla time wasting. However it wasn’t enough for Simeone’s men, and the game ended up finishing goalless.
Atleti miss the opportunity to go back to the top of La Liga, and now sit level on points with Barcelona but have played a game more.
The next league game for Atlético? Barcelona. At the Camp Nou. Next week.
|Atlético Madrid||0 0||Sevilla|
|24 January 2016|