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Copa del Rey
February 27, 2013
• Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 45000
Jesús Navas 39'
I. Rakitić 90'+
Atlético Madrid win Aggregate 4 - 3
Diego Costa 6'
R. Falcao 29'
Right, that's your lot from me. Thanks for joining me this evening for this Copa Del Rey Semi-Final. No one will be more glad it's over than Diego Costa! Make sure to stick around for reports, ratings and reaction to Atletico's triumph over the two-legs. For now though, it's goodbye from me!
FT SEVILLA 2-2 ATLETICO. The Copa Del Rey will be a Madrid Derby then as Atletico Madrid secure their place in the final. They should have had the game wrapped up after half time but Rakitic's goal wont bother them too much.
90' + 3'
Red CardGeoffrey Kondogbia
RED CARD!! This was always going to happen. Kondogbia, knowing the game is up, goes in hard on Diego Costa and leaves a foot in on a rather delicate region. The Sevilla midfielder is walking off before the referee even reaches him.
90' + 1'
90' + 1'
GOOOAAALLL!! RAKITIC LEVELS ON THE NIGHT!!! A neat finish from Ivan Rakitic levels things up on the night but it's too late to see his side into the final. The only thing that goal is going to effect is accumulators.
Another chance for Negredo, another miss. Jesus Navas sets himself up for a volley on the edge of the area. I'm fairly certain he means to shoot but it ends up working as the perfect cross for Negredo but he can only steer his volley over the top. I'm afraid it's just not night.
Kondogbia lets fly from 25-yards out and it takes a wicked deflection, but Courtois is well positioned to make a flying catch. Into the last two minutes of normal time now.
Jesus Navas goes down holding his face and looks in pain. He quickly realises he isn't going to get the decision though and is up on his feet complaining in a matter of seconds. If he was wondering why he didn't get the foul, I think he just answered his own question.
Coke meets a corner at the toehr end but can only send it over. If he'd have found the target he would have scored as Courtois came out and got nowhere near it. I've no idea what the Belgian was thinking but he's got away with one there.
The last 15 minutes or so have completely detracted from the football this evening but Costa gives a little reminder as to what we had seen earlier in the tie. He glides past a couple of challenges before whizzing a fierce drive across the face of goal.
Gary Medel was booked twice in the same indecent, that's where the two yellows came from. He fouls Diego Costa in the air to gain a first yellow and then goes then gives the stricken Costa a little kick while he's on the floor. After he's sent off he assaults a chair for good measure. Not Medel's finest moment shall we say.
Yellow CardIvan Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic is next in the book for another late challenge. There's another sending off in here somewhere.
RED CARD!! Oh Dear, Medel has absolutely lost it. He is sent off for a second bookable and has to be restrained by teammate Negredo from attacking the referee by the looks of things. This is turning very ugly, very quickly.
Yellow CardGary Medel
Diego Costa is coming in for some special treatment from Sevilla in this second half. This time Coke takes a nibble at the back of the midfielder's knee as he goes up for a header.
Final substitution for Atletico as Koke replaces Raul Garcia. Even his manager is hurrying off the pitch as he takes an age to make his way to the sideline.
Cicinho is in the thick of the action immediately and it's not pretty. The Brazilian tangles with Diego Costa and appears to step on the Atletico man. He gets away with a word from the referee and Costa's accusing finger in his face. It probably would have been different had the referee seen it.
Another substitution for Sevilla now. Cicinho comes on for Botia.
There is still a lot of good movement from the home side and Jesus Navas's cross has to be blocked behind for a corner. They need to get something soon if they're to cause their visitors any concern.
A promising move for Sevilla break down needlessly as Rakitic plays tries to play an elaborate flick into the path of Moreno, who is then penalised as he tries to recover possession. The fullback is frustrated, feeling he won the ball. He has a case.
A second substitution of the night for Ateltico as Arda Turan maked way for Cristian Rodriguez. The Turkish midfielder takes his time getting of the field, much to the annoyance of the home fans.
Less than half an hour now for the home side to find three goals to take them to the final. It doesn't look likely at the minute.
That needs to hit the back of the net if Sevilla are to go through. Jesus Navas twists and turns on the edge of the area and sends in a cross that finds Negredo unmarked in the box. Like Falcao however, the striker cannot find the target and nods wide. He wont get many better chances than that.
Ateltico aren't sitting back and they're creating some gilt-edged chances. This time is Falcao to play the role of the villain as he sends a free header over the bar from inside the six-yard box. Sevilla are on thin ice.
This is what Sevilla have to be weary of. Arda Turan breaks quickly down the left and suddenly there is a 3-on-two for Atleti. The ball misses Falcao but Botia can only help into the path of Diego Costa who should score. He doesn't, and the hosts are still in it.
A couple of chances for the hosts as they begin to crank up the pressure. First Negredo has a great chance as he is played in one-on-one but Courtois stands firm and saves. Moments later Medel sets himself up for the spectacular but puts his bicycle-kick wide.
Moreno has been impressive this evening, both in a footballing a sense and a maturity sense. That is until now. He gets down the left once more and manages to nutmeg his opponent before going down in a crumpled heap. The referee isn't interest and replays show why. He dived.
Rakitic lays off the free-kick into the path of Negredo who hits it low but it's easily dealt with by Courtois. Didn't make the most of that Sevilla.
Yellow CardCata Díaz
Negredo goes down under a shove from Diaz on the edge of the area. The Atletico defender is booked and Sevilla have a free-kick in a dangerous position.
It's Emery's side that need goals in this second half but so far Atleti have been the ones getting forward. Costa's over-hit cross beats everyone in the middle with Sevilla defender covering. If anyone was their for Atletico that would have been curtains.
Manu Del Moral
Sevilla do the honours and get the second half rolling. One change at the break from the hosts as Manu Del Moral replaces Reyes.
Right then, the sides are making their way back out in Seville. One of these sides are 45 minutes away from the Copa Del Rey Final. Can Sevilla overturn Atletico's advantage?
The first half started at some pace and you feel Sevilla wont have a choice but to continue that mentality at the beginning of the second period. They'll have no option but to leave themselves vulnerable to Falcao and friends on the break and I expect a few more goals in this second half. Here's hoping!
As it stands, we are looking at the mouthwatering prospect of a Madrid Derby in the Copa Del Rey Final. Atleti only have 45 more minutes of football to navigate to make it a reality. Unai Emery's team will throw everything at them to change the script in the second half though.
HALFTIME Sevilla 2-1 Atletico Madrid. Sevilla can't create anything before Teixeira brings the half to an end they go in trailing. Atletico have a commanding lead now on aggregate thanks to strikes from Diego Costa and Falcao but Jesus Navas has given his side a glimmer of hope. Can they turn it round? Stranger things have happened.
45' + 1'
We're into the one minute of added time at the end of the half. Can Sevilla create one more opportunity before the break?
Yellow CardRaúl García
Raul Garcia joins Kondogbia in the book almost instantly for a foul on Moreno. The referee waved play on but came back to book the Atleti man. Smart piece of reffing.
Yellow CardGeoffrey Kondogbia
Sevilla's midfielder Kondogbia is the first to go in the book tonight. He probably wont be the last if the first leg is anything to go by.
Oh what a chance this is!! A deep cross finally catches out the Sevilla defence and Ivan Rakitic is on hand to meet it but he can't find the target. The chances are coming a bit more regularly for the hosts now.
That's given the ground a bit of a lift. The home side force a corner instantly after the restart as they try to grab another before the break but Courtois is on hand to pick up the pieces.
GoalJesús Navas González
GOOOALL!!! LIFELINE SEVILLA!!! Finally the home side create an opening and they make it count. The young fullback Alberto Moreno gets down the flank and is able to find Jesus Navas in the box. Navas takes one touch to set himself before curling into the far corner via the post. Game on?
The home side have settled into another period of prolonged possession. Once again though they aren't able to fashion any chances. I don't think Negredo has touched the ball this evening so far.
Diego Costa has been brilliant so far tonight but this wasn't so clever. The frontman appears to put his hand in the face of Alberto Moreno. It causes a small scuffle but their are no repercussions for the Atletico man. He can count himself lucky.
The stadium in Andalusia has gone quite a bit quieter now. The home side need to find four goals now to have any chance of making the final.
GOOAAAALL!!! 2-0 ATLETICO!! They need more than a bit of magic now. The visitors are in down the left as Diego Costa gets into a great position and whips the ball low into the area where Radamel Falcao is on hand to nip in font of his marker and poke home. That mountain Sevilla had to climb has just become Everest.
The hosts are still controlling possession but there isn't any penetration from Emery's side. They need a moment of magic to get them back in this. .
Ah It's definitely not the case. Athletico are forced into their first change of the night as Tiago is unable to continue after his clash. He is replaced by Mario Suarez.
Hmm, I hope that's not Atletico trying to time waste already. A couple of their players go down after aerial challenges within a matter of moments, both causing a bit of disruption in play. If that is the case we could be in for a long night.
Big chance for Medel! Jesus Navas gets to the byline and sends in a dinked cross that catches Courtois in no-man's land but the midfielder can't get enough on the ball at the back post to send it goalwards. Could that be a big miss for the hosts?
STAT-TRICK: with that goal, Diego Costa is now the sole leading goalscorer in this season's Copa Del Rey with 7 goals. He was level with Sevilla's Negredo and Cristiano Ronaldo on 6 before he put Atleti ahead.
Still Sevilla pass the ball around in the visitor's half without threatening. This will suit Los Colchoneros. They've got the pace to catch out their opponents on the counter if needs be.
Unai Emery's men have been camped in the Atletico half for the past five minutes which has raised the decibel level in the stadium a touch. They've yet to really test Thibaut Courtois though.
Sevilla have to go on the front foot now. They're two goals behind on aggregate but they at least have the fans and time on their side.
It's a pretty miserable night and that ball is going to be pretty wet. Both goalkeepers have been peppered with crosses but both are showing a firm grip so far. We'll see if that lasts for the 90 minutes.
Atletico couldn't have asked for a better start. They try for an even better one as Gabi swings in a free-kick but it's eventually held by Beto in the Sevilla goal. Strong start from the visitors.
GOOOALLL! DIEGO COSTA TAKE A BOW!! Atletico extend their lead on aggregate and down to some great footwork from Costa. The striker takes the ball out of the air and swivels on the edge of the area to create some space before firing low past Beto into the corner. Fantastic skill.
The visitors are in their black away kits this evening and a number of them swarm forward as they attempt to counter from the early corner. They win a free-kick and Falcao is being manhandled as the ball is swung in but it wont interest the referee. Not yet anyway.
We're underway in a rowdy Seville and the home side force an early corner.
We're just waiting for the whistle from referee Fernando Teixeira Vitienes now. He'll be hoping for a quieter night than his colleague had in the first-leg.
The teams are out in a rather damp Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. That hasn't deterred the fans though. They've turned out in large number's to see their sides fight for a place in the Copa Del Rey final.
As far as stipulations go for tonight, one thing is clear; if Sevilla are to go through they'll need to win. Not such an easy ask against a team they haven't beaten in their previous 6 encounters. You'd have to go back to 2010 to find the last time the Sevillistas triumphed over Los Colchoneros.
Pretty strong line-ups from both coaches this evening who are both forced into changes after the suspensions from the last leg. Uruguayan defender Diego Godin misses out for Diego Simeone's side while Sevilla will have to do without the services of Fernando Navarro and Emir Spahic.
ATLETICO: (4-5-1) Courtois; Juanfran, Diaz, Miranda, Filipe; Turan, Tiago, Raul Garcia, Gabi, Diego Costa; Falcao
SEVILLA: (4-2-3-1) Beto; Coke, Fazio, Botia, Alberto; Medel, Kondogbia; Navas, Rakitic, Reyes; Negredo.
We have just under 15 minutes until kick-off so let's get some team news up. First up, the home side's eleven.
I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be hear to take you through all the thrills and spills from this Copa Del Rey clash. As ever I'd love to hear from you so please get in touch with your opinions and predictions. You can do so by either using the chat box in the match centre, or if you fancy a tweet, you can get in touch with me directly by using @harryslavin.
It was a feisty encounter when these two met in the first-leg at the Vicente Calderon in January with the sides sharing three penalties and three red cards between them. As a result, Atletico head into tonight's match with a slender 2-1 lead. Can Sevilla overturn that tonight?
So last night we found out the identity of our first finalist in this year's Copa Del Rey as Real Madrid booked their place with a 4-2 aggregate win over Barcelona. Tonight attention turns to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan as Sevilla host Atletico Madrid. Who will be joining Jose Mourinho's men in the final?
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