La Liga: Sevilla 1 – 3 Atlético
Diego Costa and Atlético start the new season with a win
Atlético Madrid started the 2013-14 season in the best possible way, by beating their rivals, Sevilla, at the Sánchez Pizjuan.
The Colchoneros collected their first three points of the campaign after an exciting game full of end-to-end action and four spectacular goals.
The big man on Atlético’s side was the tireless Diego Costa, who continued his goalscoring ways from last season by scoring a brace on Sunday night. The Brazilian opened the scoring in the second half and then decided the game, which by that time was being played on Monday, ten minutes before the end.
A goal by substitute Cristian Rodríguez in the added time sealed the victory for Atlético as they beat Sevilla 3-1.
The home side, who have had to overhaul their squad after the departures of Álvaro Negredo and Jesús Navas, were more than ready to go at the start of the game, and their new striker Bacca threw the first punch when he hit the crossbar with an impressive diving header.
It didn’t take long for us to respond, and just a few minutes later, David Villa hit the post after Diego Costa and Juanfran combined on the right wing.
As the first half progressed, Atlético was able to take control over the match, which led to the opening goal in the 35th minute. A corner kick by Koke was missed by Sevilla’s entire defence, and Diego Costa found himself in the perfect position to score, and he did so in acrobatic fashion. It was only logical that he would be the one to strike, after he had been targeted by both Sevilla’s fans and players for what happened during last season’s Copa del Rey semis.
Sevilla bounced back immediately and tied just two minutes later. Diego Perotti picked up the ball in midfield and launched an unstoppable missile from 35 yards out, leaving Thibaut Courtois without a chance, even if the Belgian goalkeeper did manage to get a slight touch on the swerving ball.
Atleti’s attacks were fluid and quick, and one of our breaks led to David Villa finding Gabi in an excellent position to score, but the captain’s shot was blocked. Villa enjoyed a decent debut in red and white, and was dangerous throughout the first half, but a change of personnel and tactics by Emery shifted the balance of the game in the second half that aided Sevilla in keeping El Guaje out of the game.
Emery brought imposing midfielder Kondogbia on, and the energy he provided pushed Atleti back in their own half. Shortly after the break, Vitolo missed an incredible opportunity to give Sevilla the lead, and a little later Thibaut Courtois was called to action for two saves within a few seconds to deny Marko Marin and Bacca.
Simeone responded to the developments on the field and brought on a pair of substitutes, youngster Óliver Torres and our new forward Léo Baptistão. Oli replaced the disappointing Arda Turan and instantly started to pull the strings in midfield. He combined with Filipe to dribble inside the box, but he couldn’t connect with any of his teammates for the final touch.
At the other end, Courtois again denied the superb Marin, who threatened our defence every time he received the ball.
In the 79th minute Atlético did well to win the ball in midfield, and Koke immediately launched Diego Costa. The powerful striker received the pass and slotted the ball past Beto for 2-1.
Again Sevilla tried to equalise quickly, but Juanfran did just enough to block an attempt by Diego Perotti from close range.
Diego Simeone had brought on some fresh legs to replace Koke, and the move paid off in the added time. Cristian Rodríguez received the ball from Baptistão and rushed alongside the byline to beat his man, before taking on Fazio inside the penalty box and then calmly beating Beto with a clever finish.
|Perotti 37'||Diego Costa 35'|
|Diego Costa 79'|
|C Rodriguez 92'|
|Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán|
|18 August 2013|
|de la Fuente|