Tuesday, April 20

Atlético loses in Seville and squanders its lead in La Liga


  • Simeone’s team, after a bad first half, succumbed to a goal from Sevilla’s Acuña when he managed to match the performance of his rival

  • With the red-and-white defeat, Madrid is three points behind the top of the table and gives Barça the option to get to one point if they win this Monday

After having enjoyed an advantage of more than a dozen points in the first round, the Athletic was left in Seville a good part of his options to finish La Liga with a certain calm. The defeat of the Simeone leaves Madrid three points behind the head and Barça with the possibility of harassing, at one point, a leadership that is staggering, which justly supports an Atlético immersed in a negative trend that has put as much emotion as possible to the outcome of the season of the pandemic. In addition, after having seen two yellow cards, neither Luis Suárez, nor Marcos Llorente They will be able to play the next game against Betis, the first of the nine finals that remain until the end.

Atlético did not have a good staging, which returned to complete a bad first half in which, however, they managed to keep a clean sheet. When he improved after the break, the duel was equalized but Sevilla then knew how to find a Acuña’s goal which is worth three points and leaves Simeone’s men touched.

Great Sevilla start

Even before ten minutes into the game, amid Atlético’s initial drowsiness, Sevilla had already accumulated dominance and superiority, enough to have at their disposal opportunities to score, especially in a penalty that stopped cloud before a timorous pitch from Ocampos.

The initiative was maintained by the Lopetegui until almost half an hour, driven by the superiority of Jesús Navas on the side of a Lodi who went to the bench before the break. With everything and with that, Sevilla were not as close to scoring as at the beginning and Atlético began to find more possession, even if it was only to appease the rival, but all their efforts had to be aimed at keeping a clean sheet. before the eminent Sevilla superiority, with hardly any rojiblancas arrivals at the goal of Bond before the break.

Atlético improved substantially after passing through the dressing room, at least in intensity and offensive disposition, although it did not serve him much more than to equalize the performance in the match of a Sevilla with his chances of victory intact.

Without Joao Felix, leave with discomfort after going with your team, and without Carrasco Simeone’s team missed a dose of overflow and impudence to give dynamism to a very flat attack, almost without prominence of a Luis Suarez isolated, little assisted by a center of the field to which it cost to him to impose his game.

Equality and Acuña’s goal

The game became, beyond the hour, an exchange of blows from power to power, with attacks on both ends of the field. Thus came another center of Navas from the right wing, the umpteenth, who took advantage Acuna, the other sevillista side, to score with a header.

Atlético had overcome their worst minutes of the match without conceding a goal, but when they had started to improve, they found themselves behind on the scoreboard a quarter of an hour from the end.

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Nervous, the team Simeone he went on the attack with the same intensity with which he protested each action before the referee, frustrated after the play of the Sevilla goal began with one hand. Had the tie strap already in the discount, but ended up defeated, in several ways.

Match sheet:

SEVILLE 1

ATHLETIC 0

Seville: Bonus (7); Navas (9), Koundé (7), Diego Carlos (6), Acuña (7); Rakitic (5), Fernando (6), Jordán (7); Suso (6), De Jong (5), Ocampos (7). Technical: Julen Lopetegui (8). Changes: En-Nesyri (6) by De Jong (m. 62), Papu Gómez (5) by Ocampos (m. 76), Vázquez (sc) by Ocampos (m. 86), Gudelj (sc) by Jordán (m. 86).

Athletic: Oblak (7); Trippier (6), Felipe (4), Giménez (6), Hermoso (5), Lodi (4); Llorente (6), Koke (6), Saúl (4); Lemar (4), Luis Suárez (5). Technical: Diego Simeone (4). Changes: Correa (4) by Lodi (m. 33), Herrera (5) by Lemar (m. 73), Kondogbia (5) by Hermoso (m. 73).

Goals: 1-0 (m. 69) Acuña.


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