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Deportivo La Coruña
27 September 2014
• Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
Referee: José Luis González González
• Attendance: 52000
Raúl García 83'
R. Jiménez 89'
That's all from me, I've been Keeghann Sinanan and it's been fun.
Sevilla were simply outclassed, failing to make any use of their possession and showing no ability to keep Atleti out at the other end. They can have no complaints about this result.
Atletico were simply too much to handle today. Two headed goals helped them onto a 4-0 win - their first victory of the season by a margin greater than one goal. They go second, two behind leaders Barcelona.
90' + 3'
The buildup to that goal also saw Banega booked during the coming-together. It matters little now. The referee has seen enough, and blows for full time.
90' + 1'
That was Atletico's seventh headed goal this season - more than any other side. No surprise given their deadliness from set-pieces and the regular presence of guys like Mandzukic, Garcia, Miranda and now Jimenez in the box.
Goal R. Jiménez
IT'S FOUR! FINALLY FOR JIMENEZ! The free kick comes in from the right-hand side, and the Mexican dives onto it from close range! He looks on the verge of tears! What a moment for him!
Trouble here after Suarez went in late on Garcia. The midfielder takes umbrage at that challenge, and he's soon confronted by Banega. The Argentine does have a history of cantankerousness, but it's Garcia who ends up with the booking.
Yellow Card Ever Banega
Yellow Card Raúl García
It could probably a fourth goal if Atletico want it. They are holding onto the ball and making the exhausted Sevilla players chase the game from left to right. The crowd are eating this up.
The Atleti fans are loving this now. Simeone is conducting the orchestra with glee. Like a cow on the first day of spring, he's relishing being released from the confines of that six-match ban.
Penalty Goal Raúl García
NO MISTAKE FROM GARCIA! The attacking midfielder gets off the mark in La Liga, slotting home comfortably from 12 yards out. That wraps up the points, in case there were any dreamers still hoping of a comeback from the Sevillistas.
ATLETICO HAVE A PENALTY! Just after I sung his praises, Griezmann wins a spot kick for the home side. Diogo Figueiras couldn't live with the Frenchman running right at him, and brings him down in the most clumsy and uncoordinated manner possible. They don't get much easier than that if you're a referee.
Fans at the VIcente Calderon crowd love it when Griezmann gets on the ball. He really is an exciting player to watch, beating his man seemingly at will. Sevilla's tired legs can't keep up.
If this result holds, then Atletico will be two points behind leaders Barcelona by the end of the weekend. At worst, they will be in third place, depending on Valencia's result on Sunday.
Taken off is Aleix Vidal, who never really got out of the blocks in this game. Coming into the match is Deulofeu, the Barcelona loanee, about half an hour too late, I might add.
A flash of Griezmann's pace on the break, but the French international fails to pick out the right pass at the end of the move, as Suarez is able to intercept the ball ahead of Jimenez.
Jimenez, the Mexican international, has really found the going tough in his first season with Atleti. Signed for a not-insignificant €11 million, he hasn't scored in six appearances, nor has he linked play in his usual manner. Evidence of him being a Real Madrid fan certainly hasn't helped his bedding-in period.
Mandzukic will be disappointed that he didn't add to his lone Liga strike in this game, but he's still put in a battling display, as ever. Simeone takes no risks with his still-recovering nose though, and brings on Raul Jimenez in his stead.
Beto is far off his line to anticipate a long ball over the top from Arda. He whacks it impressively far back into the Atletico half. The game is still in something of a stasis, which is exactly what los Rojiblancos want.
Moya wrestles himself free of Mbia's grasp and just about manages to grab a cross at the second time of asking. Signed for a small fee from Getafe, he was initially expected to back up Jan Oblak, but the wobbles of the former Benfica man has seen him get, and take, his chance in the XI.
The fact that Atletico can bring such a superb Liga performer like Griezmann off the bench speaks to their improved depth. Simeone didn't often have a trump card like that to play last season and he's been slow to ease the Frenchman into the side. Plenty of games still to come.
Forgot to mention that Saul has been withdrawn from the fray after a very promising game. In comes Antoine Griezmann, who was excellent against Celta Vigo last time out.
BETO WITH ANOTHER STOP! The corner is worked out to Garcia at the edge of the penalty area, and he hits a half volley that draws another excellent diving save from the Portugal No. 1.
NEARLY THE CLINCHER! Juanfran cuts onto his weaker left foot and clips the ball into a dangerous area for Mandzukic to fetch. The Croatian hangs in the air to plant a header towards the bottom corner, but Beto is on his game to tip it out for a corner!
Moya is the latest player to need some treatment, as he took a blow to the thigh in that last sequence. He gets the magic spray from the referee, and will surely be fine to continue.
The referee ends the incident with a Sevilla free kick and a yellow card for Koke. The set piece comes in to the heart of the area, but the flick on the initial header goes Atletico's way in the end.
Yellow Card Diego Godín
Yellow Card Koke
Mandzukic took a shoulder barge in the back from his marker, and he goes down, forcing Atleti to put the ball out of play. Straight from the restart, Vidal gets flattened by Koke, sparking the ruckus that this game has flirted with since the first whistle.
In complete contrast to Mandzukic, Bacca is absolutely begging for some service at the other end of the field. He keeps moving to angle himself in gaps between the defenders, but it's of no use when his midfielders can't supply him with the right passes.
Los Colchoneros are quite happy to use Mandzukic as their lone outlet up front. They keep playing the ball high for him to pluck out of the sky with his head or chest, with Raul Garcia also looking to pick up any aerial scraps.
Much like the first half, the match has been dominated by the scraps and tussles since the restart. It's suiting Atleti much more than Sevilla though, and the hosts don't have to risk much with a two-goal lead.
Pareja gets away with a sneaky push on Mandzukic when challenging for a high ball inside the area. Another let off for the defender, who avoids a sending off. Mandzukic has been dominant in the air. Shocking, I know.
Sevilla's central defence was walking a tightrope given the dual bookings to Kolo and Pareja, so the former's withdrawal is no surprise. He rode his luck at times in the first half even after his yellow card.
A handful of changes to round up from the half-time break. Raul Garcia has replaced Gabi in a move that instantly adds more offense to the Atleti midfield. Sevilla make a double swap, with Ever Banega and Denis Suarez replacing Vitolo and Kolodziejczak.
Here we go again.
Sevilla certainly proved up for the midfield battle, but could provide no sort of cutting edge in the final third. They controlled possession for long spells, but did nothing with it. They have a lot of work to do to get back in this game.
It's hardly been a classic, but it has been vintage Atletico. With Simeone back on the touchline, they get back to basics, squeezing in an early lead, shutting up shop, frustrating their opponents then grabbing a second via a set piece.
45' + 1'
The end of a strong Atleti first half.
Miranda has been a huge asset in the attacking third this season, coming up with three goals already. He provides another telling contribution via that splendid assist.
ANOTHER FOR ATLETI! The set piece falls to Miranda on the edge of the box. He touches it delightfully with the inside of his boot towards the far post, where Saul needs no second invitation to head home.
Krychowiak cracks his studs into Gabi, in plain view of the referee. Very surprising that he doesn't become the fourth player to be booked. Atletico get a few bodies in the box for the free kick.
Atletico continue to soak up the pressure like a sponge. Mandzukic has become an increasingly isolated figure in the area, chasing a few lost causes up top, and not much more.
It's all slowed down on the pitch as Atletico continue to hold firm at the back to deny Sevilla space in the final third. They haven't looked to push forward on the break though, leading to the recent stagnation.
Sevilla are seeing more of the ball, but they seem desperately short of ideas, short of playing hopeful balls through to Bacca and praying that something happens. Atletico still comfortably in front.
There's simply more belief in everything that Atletico try to accomplish on the pitch. At the moment, they've switched to a more defensive outlook, hoping to draw Sevilla into their half and hit them on the break.
Pareja very nearly suffers a terrible end to his evening, as he hauled back Mandzukic on an attempted break. The Croatian (sporting a lovely mask, by the way), was about to break in a promising position. Very lucky for Pareja that he did not see a second yellow card.
Gabi gets an inexcusable free header inside the box, but Beto is on hand to parry it over the crossbar. Where was the Sevilla marking on that play? They'll concede another if they keep declining here.
Yellow Card Mario Mandzukic
Ansaldi's shot goes fizzing past the post, but not before Mandzukic gets his name taken by the referee for using his hand to make contact. Three bookings already in the first half. No surprise there.
It's becoming an increasingly Atleti-dominated game, with Sevilla losing the ball in key areas in midfield. Juanfran and Cristian Ansaldi are pushing increasingly forward, which is never a good sign for Atletico's opponents.
That goal has put the wind in los Rojiblancos' sails, and they're denied a penalty appeal after Pareja appeared to let the ball touch his hand. Replays show the contact to be accidental, and the referee was right to let play continue.
Timothee Kolodziejczak was shown the first card of the game just before that goal for fouling Gabi, and he's joined in the book by Pareja, whose evening just keeps getting worse. Both Sevilla centre backs now on yellow cards.
Yellow Card Nicolás Pareja
ATLETICO STRIKE FIRST! Koke takes aim from the top of the box and a massive deflection off Nico Pareja wrongfoots Beto and sends the ball nestling into the back of the net!
Yellow Card T. Kolodziejczak
It's getting feistier and feistier in the middle of the park, with tackles flying in from all angles. Tiago and Gabi have been busy boys! Surely there will be a yellow card before long, the referee has already dealt out a few warnings.
Saul should be in for an interesting evening against Krychowiak. The 19-year-old has squared up with the Sevilla man already, though to be fair, that battle has only one long-term winner.
The focus of this game has been the midfield battle, as neither side are quite getting it right in the final third. Gregorz Krychowiak, as ever, is relishing the physicality in the middle of the park.
Feisty stuff here at the Vicente Calderon. Both sides have lofty ambitions in terms of their anticipated league finish. I bet that the referee doesn't keep the yellow card tucked in his back pocket for long.
Atletico are really looking to play in and around Mandzukic up top, using the lanky striker as a polygon of sorts for their smaller midfielders to bounce off of. He's seen a lot of the ball early on.
Atletico are starting to attack down the flanks, with some measured crosses coming in towards the obvious target of Mandzukic. However, the Croatian only succeeds in committing a foul in the area.
A decent tempo developing to this match, but no chances as yet. Atletico's defence are keen to keep an eye on Bacca, who is looking to position himself in the gap between full back and centre back.
Diego Simeone is getting a lot of camera time at the moment, and why wouldn't he? His ban is over, he's back where he belongs, leading his team from the sidelines. Atletico have started well.
Sevilla get the match underway.
For Sevilla, that man Bacca starts up top alongside Vitolo, who will look to drift to the left flank to draw defenders away from his Colombian strike partner. There's no place in the XI though for Gerard Deulofeu, who has made a promising start to his loan spell.
Atletico gleefully welcome back Mario Mandzukic to their starting XI after missing about two weeks with a broken nose. Also handed a rare start is Saul ad the 19-year-old midfielder continues to be eased into the Rojiblancos first team by Diego Simeone.
Sevilla (5-3-2): Beto; Diogo, Pareja, Carriço, Kolo, Tremoulinas; Krychowiak, M'Bia; Aleix Vidal, Bacca, Vitolo.
Atletico Madrid (4-2-3-1): Moya; Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Ansaldi; Gabi, Tiago; Arda, Saúl, Koke; Mandzukic.
Sevilla haven't won a league game at Atletico in six years, though in Carlos Bacca, they have just the man that could break that streak. Despite links with Arsenal late in the transfew window, the Colombian has come back with his head down, scoring four times in the league already.
Sevilla are unbeaten to start the season and after an opening-day draw, they have gone on a tear, winning their last four in the league. Only goal difference separates them from Barcelona in the standings, though with the Blaugrana currently up 6-0 against Granada, that's not likely to change whatever happens here in Madrid.
Recent history is also on Atleti's side in this fixture. Thy haven't lost against Sevilla since October 2010, a run which stretches to nine games. Last season's encounter at the Vicente Calderon ended in a 1-1 draw, though Sevilla's goalscorer from that evening, Ivan Rakitic, is now at Barcelona.
Atletico narrowly won 1-0 against Almeria midweek, a result which took them to within two points of tonight's opponents. Win here, and they leapfrog Sevilla into second place, at least provisionally.
Atletico Madrid host Sevilla at the Vicente Calderon in La Liga. Join me, Keeghann Sinanan, for all the action.
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