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.

Sevilla Atletico
Sevilla 13 Atletico
Perotti 37'Diego Costa 35'
 Diego Costa 79'
 C Rodriguez 92'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Date 18 August 2013
Kick Off 23:00

Team Lineups

de la Fuente
Carlos Bacca
Substitutes used
Mario Suarez
Arda Turan
Diego Costa
David Villa
Substitutes used
Oliver Torres
Leo Baptistao
Cristian Rodriguez

Match Stats

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Yellow Cards
Red Cards
  • Sam

    Our back 4 was unreal, especially when Sevilla was really controlling the pace of play/possession for a while and when our midfield play sputtered. Great victory. Hoping everyone who played tonight shook the first-match rustiness off and are ready to go now.

  • starvs

    Very good result. Super happy Oli came on pretty early and got 30 minutes; and was involved right away and was positive throughout.

    I want to see Oli, Koke, and Arda all play together; less Mario…

    Costa on pace for 70+!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I want to talk about some thing different:

    at minute 60, there were 6 Spanish players on the pitch:
    Juanfran, Gabi, Mario, Koke, Villa & Oilver
    I think this didn’t happen since a long time
    and I believe this a good thing, when the majority is from Spanish players it means there is harmony, there is loyalty and faith of the club and it means that we have a good academy (Gabi, Mario, Koke & Oli are all canteranos)

    I wish we keep that way

  • kris

    Right,, Ahmad?? I was so happy as well when they were playing all together.. My.. I was so surprised tonight though the way our two DMs performed. Hadn’t seen that since the Europa League final,, really.. They worked their a$$es off in all ends.. That was a really good feeling,,, hope they keep on improving.. Oh and that slide tackle from Mario was spectacular when a Sevilla player was about to score.. Great slide tackle from the back.. Diego Costa is growing into such an amazing player,, maturing with his attitude as well.. But,, he is still that same aggressive player with lots of hunger to score.. I hope we keep Costa,Oliver,Koke,Arda,Mario,Leo,Saul,Manquillo and many others for years to come.. They are the future..

    And,, oh,,, Cebolla has been working his butt off as well after the Confed Cup. Isn’t that so great to see?? Now, we have many different options that we can rely on. This team is growing big..

  • ansharY

    haha starvs! Looking good! about 68 more to go! *hopeful*

  • Erik Rivers

    I hope Adrian gets back on form, im being optimistic but I still feel he is a class player.

  • Piserakos

    Great game. Great coaching by simeone. Oliver was fantastic keep working kid just add some muscles. Arda wasn’t really good. Anyone knows how long we had to win at our premier day? Costa is a world star getting better and better everyday. And now kick barca.. What’s going on with this spanish federation the game started at midnight(greek time) i’m working today!

  • Will

    Piserakos, you’re right! I heard it was because of the TV broadcasting the match. Insane to those in Spain, the whole second half happened on Monday! Everybody going home at least at 1AM! Man, they are getting crazy!

    But perfect for me in Brazil 😛 having a match starting at 6PM just after the local football.

  • yon

    Well I am happy with the final result and the performance going forward, most of the game, what worried me though was Perotti and Marin and Gamiero dribbling through our defence countless times with ease, this worries me when on Wednesday we come up against Neymar, Messi, Pedro, Alexis, Cesc and Iniesta…………..

  • kris

    Yon,, it worried me as well,, but that is not gonna happen against Barca,, Simeone has seen it now,, and he knows what he has to do to the defense to make it stronger.. I think Simeone actually liked what he saw,, now he can make much better improvements.. I think for that defense,, Simeone is making them work their asses off right now with the same plays,, ahha..

    Keep calm, and trust Simeone!

  • Nice start, and also a nice fact:
    2 assists by Koke.
    Again, he gave them to Costa.