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October 2, 2011 5:00 PM BST
Estadio Vicente Calderón — Madrid
Referee:‬ Alberto Undiano‎
Attendance:‬ 40000‎
 
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Javi Varas
Javi Varas
Sevilla
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Reyes
Reyes
Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid 0-0 Sevilla: Honours even at the Vicente Calderon in scrappy encounter

Both sides struggled in the final third in this heated encounter between two teams with Champions League qualification aspirations

By Charlie Scott

Jose Reyes, Atletico Madrid
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The spoils were shared this evening as Atletico Madrid and Sevilla fought out a fiery 0-0 draw in their Liga clash at the Vicente Calderon.

An ill-tempered first half that saw the referee produce seven yellow cards failed to provide the standard of play many expected, with neither team forcing the opposition keeper into making any notable saves.

The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Atletico's Jose Antonio Reyes, but he shot disappointingly wide when in space 12 yards out. Atletico dominated proceedings throughout the half, but failed to turn both possession and a number of promising free-kicks into any clear-cut chances.

The second half started brightly, with Sevilla looking the more dangerous of the two sides. Atletico had their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtouis to thank for keeping them level, after the Belgian youngster, on loan from Chelsea, did brilliantly to keep out first Jesus Navas and then Manu del Moral.  

Navas, who looked to be Sevilla's main outlet at this point, then raced down the right-hand side but saw his crisp pull-back fly agonisingly behind the on-rushing Frederic Kanoute in the Atletico penalty area.

The home side looked to regain a grip on the game in the centre of the pitch by bringing on Gabi for Tiago, and this change nearly paid dividends as Radamel Falcao burst through and struck a decent effort that only stayed out because of a fine save from Javi Varas.

Sevilla introduced Alvaro Negredo on 75 minutes as they sensed the win was there for the taking. Negredo's very inclusion in their first-team squad came as a surprise to many, after injury had appeared to rule him out of the game, but the Spain international struggled to make an impact.

With both teams aiming for Champions League qualification this season a draw will have suited neither side, but, based on the balance of play, a draw was a fair result. Both managers will know that their sides are capable of better than what they saw today, and following this draw will no doubt be tempted to make changes before their next outings.


Atletico Madrid

13
Thibaut Courtois
Goalkeeper
3.50
3
Filipe Luis
Defender
3.00
15
3.50
2
Diego Godín
Defender
57′
3.00
28
Silvio
Midfielder
32′
2.50
10
Arda Turan
Midfielder
16′
3.00
5
Tiago
Midfielder
67′
2.50
4
Mario Suárez
Midfielder
70′
2.50
21
Diego Ribas
Striker
3.50
9
3.00
21
Reyes
Striker
76′
2.50

Sevilla

4.00
13
Javi Varas
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
3.00
5
Emir Spahic
Defender
43′
2.50
4
3.00
23
Coke
Midfielder
26′
3.50
19
Perotti
Midfielder
3.00
11
Ivan Rakitic
Midfielder
78′
3.00
8
Gary Medel
Midfielder
34′
3.50
15
3.00
12
2.50
14

Substitutes

1
Joel
Goalkeeper
0.00
23
Miranda
Defender
0.00
6
0.00
14
Gabi
Midfielder
67′
3.00
20
Juanfran
Midfielder
0.00
18
Toto Salvio
Midfielder
76′
3.00
7
Adrián
Striker
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
25
Andrés Palop
Goalkeeper
0.00
5
Alexis
Defender
0.00
2
2.50
9
Armenteros
Midfielder
83′
3.00
16
Campaña
Midfielder
78′
2.50
9
Negredo
Striker
76′
0.00
-
Tom de Mul
Midfielder

Coach/Manager

-
0.00

Coach/Manager

0.00
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0