A splendid Sevilla beat Atlético to put LaLiga in a handkerchief and, incidentally, leave the leader in an obvious indefiniteness. The great game of the Andalusian team was forged in a spectacular first half and a second in which he knew how to hit at the right moment, when Atlético equalized the shock somewhat thanks to the intervention of Simeone , unable, in any case, to prevent the defeat of your team. Barcelona, if they beat Valladolid, would be one point behind Atlético, which has squandered a cushion that kept them as the lonely leader after a spectacular first round. Sevilla had a superb match. Rested after the break, his pieces moved with mastery, with players like Koundé, Diego Carlos, Fernando, Navas and Jordán at a very high level. The fourth place seems assured for a team that fought firmly on all fronts. At the decisive moment, in addition, the figure of Bono emerged, imposing in the extension to save against Correa.
Atlético carried out a survival exercise against a great Sevilla. Simeone saw it so badly that at 34 minutes he changed the system and put Correa in for Lodi. The coach thus tried to recover a basic element to defeat a team like Sevilla, the ball. With Oblak to the rescue, stopping a penalty against Ocampos in the eighth minute for Saúl's stomping on Rakitic, Atlético was a toy in the hands of the Andalusian team for half an hour.
SevillaBounou, Jesús Navas, Jules Koundé, Marcos Acuña, Diego Carlos, Fernando, Joan Jordán (Gudelj, min. 86), Rakitic, Luuk de Jong (Youssef En-Nesyri, min. 62), Suso (Alejandro Gómez, min. 76) and Lucas Ocampos (Franco Vázquez, min. 86 ) AtléticoOblak, Mario Hermoso (Kondogbia, min. 73), Felipe Monteiro, Giménez, Saúl, Trippier, Koke, Renan Augusto (Correa, min. 33), Lemar (Héctor Herrera, min. 73), Luis Suárez and Marcos Llorente Goles1 -0 min. 69: Marcos Acuña. Referee Jesús Gil Manzano Yellow cards Felipe Monteiro (min. 4), Diego Carlos (min. 9), Marcos Acuña (min. 55), Luis Suárez (min. 55), Marcos Llorente (min. 78) and Kondogbia (min. 85) Oblak Lopetegui had prepared the game with care for a penalty, dodging with courage and class the forward pressure of Atlético, using Suso and Ocampos to seek the central zones and dismantle a confused opponent, without the ball and almost without oxygen. Simeone's men, tied to a crude system of three centrals, with Luis Suárez turned into an island, were witnesses of luxury to the good maneuvers of their rivals
Sevilla, protected by a great circulation of the ball, got a multitude of centers in the Atlético area. Those of Lopetegui played and played, changing the game with meaning, armed with patience and sense, but… Sevilla did not score, Oblak emerged as a wall in the Ocampos penalty and many of the shots of the Andalusian players did not find the door. Atlético improved with the entry of Correa and his tactical alteration, aware that he had been able to withstand a considerable downpour. Until then, the leader knew how to suffer, surpassed in the game but not on the scoreboard because Sevilla was unable to translate into a goal all the good it generated in the center of the field. Lopetegui had bet on De Jong, scorer with the Netherlands, to the detriment of En-Nesyri. Atlético, inferior, sighed with the tie at halftime after receiving up to 12 shots from a high-level Sevilla.
Atlético's first action in the second half revealed Simeone's plan. Correa got between the lines with Jordán out of place, which allowed him a cross that Luis Suárez just missed. Sevilla continued to play well, but the game was not played so blatantly one way. He moved through more equal channels.
At the time of the game, Lopetegui put En-Nesyri, his most decisive player in attack. The bomb went off after 70 minutes. Suso drew an excellent pass into the hole at the arrival of Navas, who put it tempered so that Acuña finished with his head and beat Oblak. A goal conceived by the sides, which clearly speaks of the dynamism of this Sevilla. At the beginning of the play there was a hand from Ocampos, but both Gil Manzano and the VAR team, captained by Soto Grado, interpreted that it had not had an impact on the creation of the play, of authentic pencils between Rakitic, Suso and Navas.
Atlético kept trying, although Simeone removed Lemar, perhaps his most destabilizing player. Sevilla, with an evident superiority, continued to show a great capacity to have the ball and to evade the disorderly pressure of the Atlético players, desperate to reach, at least, a draw, although without the ability to generate chances. Until a spectacular maneuver by Luis Suárez left Correa alone in the 91st minute. The Argentine finished well, but Bono made a spectacular save to save his team. There is a League, a lot of League.
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