La Liga: Atlético 4 – 0 Sevilla
Atlético thrash Sevilla to move second in the league
Atlético roll into their Champions League game with Juventus in midweek with a full head of steam, having confidently despatched Sevilla in a 4-0 rout at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday evening.
Diego Simeone’s return to the dugout coincided with Atleti’s most convincing win of the season in a hotly contensed affair. An in-form Sevilla side showed little resistance to the onslaught of Atlético set pieces.
Another 4 from dead-ball situations gave Atleti a leg-up, in a game that saw Raul Jimenez claim his first goal since moving to Madrid.
A very tight opening few minutes resulted in few chances for either side – but there were some heavy challenges flying in from both sets of players.
It was the first shot of the game that produced the first goal, with Sevilla struggling to clear an Atlético corner in the 19th minute.
Koke picked up the ball on the edge of the area and unleashed a rocket towards goal, only for the shot to deflect off the heels of Nicolas Pareja and loop over a helpless Beto.
Sevilla were shaken, and Atleti were all over them. Shortly after Atleti had 2 handball claims turned down in the Sevilla box, before Gabi had a free header from a corner which Beto managed to hook over the bar.
The Calderón did not have to wait too long for the next goal. Just before time, a well worked free-kick from deep was headed on to Miranda, who crossed to the back post. A waiting Saul was there to confidently head the ball into the ground and into the back of the net to make it 2-0 to the Spanish Champions.
The ball didn’t touch the ground until Saul had it in the back of the net.
Atleti again took off Gabi at half-time, however this was down to a knock our captain picked up in the first half. He was replaced by Raul Garcia, who got the next of Atleti’s goals from the penalty spot.
And it was a stonewall penalty. A cheeky Raul Jimenez cross to Griezmann looks to set up a nice move, but the Frenchman was taken out by Figueiras for Sevilla. Raul Garcia stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 3-0 to Atleti.
It was a feisty game, with Mandzukic at the centre of a lot of the scuffles. Also at fault was Raul Garcia, who looked like a man determined to start something.
Simeone looked like he was enjoying himself too, running up and down the touchline pleading with the fans to make more noise. Like an animal that’s just been let out of his cage.
The fourth and final goal came in the 89th minute, from another free-kick, and it was Koke’s delivery that was met with a diving header by our Mexican striker Raul Jimenez, who will be pleased to get his first goal in the red and white of Atleti.
The victory takes Atlético into second place in the league, two points behind Barcelona who stuffed Granada 6-0 at home earlier on Saturday evening.
The confidence this victory will give Atleti is vital, going into an important Champions League game with Juventus on Wednesday.
|Raul Garcia (p) 83'|
|Raul Jimenez 89'|
|27 September 2014|
|Raul Garcia (45')|
|Alexis Vidal (77')|