Atlético Madrid played Sevilla on Wednesday in the Copa Del Rey quarterfinal, and despite entering the match in dreadful form, the visitors ran out 2-1 winners and are firmly in the driver’s seat ahead of next week’s second leg.
Coming into the match, Atlético were on a good run of form, winning their last match against Eibar. Sevilla had just lost their match versus Alavés and they were looking to rebound from that loss.
Atlético came out with an extremely attacking lineup at home, with Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Vitolo all featuring.
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In the first half, Atléti came out looking very positive on the offensive end. In the 13th minute, Costa hit the back off the net off a cross, but it was called back for an alleged foul on Griezmann. Both forwards got decent shots off, never letting the Sevilla defense have a moment of rest. The first half ended 0-0, punctutated by a spectacular Moyá save on a Sergio Escudero curler.
The second half saw Atleti continue to push and finally grab an advantage in the 73rd minute. Costa buried a rebound from the original Yannick Carrasco shot as he slotted into the bottom right corner for his second Copa goal in three games.
After the goal, Sevilla pushed up a lot which pressured Atlético’s defense. In the 79th minute, a Jesús Navas cross from Lucas’ side took an awkward deflection that Moyá wasn’t anticipating. The veteran keeper couldn’t get a good enough touch to keep it out, and it counted for an own goal. Out of nothing, the Andalusians had equalized, and they weren’t done yet.
The own goal shifted all the momentum of the match. In the 88th minite, Wissam Ben Yedder flicked the ball to Joaquin Correa putting him in a one-v-one with Moyá. He scored the second after the shot stopper came off his line, and Atlético didn’t have time to respond.
The mattress makers will have to respond in Nervión, though, as Sevilla’s two away goals make the comeback a difficult prospect for Simeone’s men.