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First Division - Day 20

Atlético Madrid 1 – Sevilla 1

Atlético: Courtois; Juanfran, Miranda, Godín, Filipe Luis; Raúl García, Gabi, Koke (Sosa 87’), Arda Turan; Diego Costa, David Villa (Cristian Rodríguez 80’). 4-4-2.
Sevilla: Beto; Coke, Fazio, Nico Pareja (Gameiro 46’), Fernando Navarro; Carriço, Iborra; Vitolo (Marin 63’), Rakitic, Alberto Moreno; Bacca (Reyes 83’). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 18. David Villa. Picked up rebound following corner and drilled shot in to net.
1-1. 73. Rakitic (penalty). After Juanfran pulled on Bacca’s shirt inside the area.

Yellow cards: Nico Pareja 12’, Juanfran 71’, Gabi 71’, Raúl García 89’, Gameiro 89’ / red cards: Alberto Moreno 88’.

Atlético Madrid missed out on a chance to go top of the table for the first time in 18 years (at least at this stage of the competition) after they could only draw 1-1 at home to Sevilla. Barcelona’s draw at Levante earlier in the evening meant that a win would take them above the Catalans, and for an hour or so they were on track after David Villa took advantage of a poor clearance by Beto from Godín’s header following a corner to put them in front. Up to that point Atlético had been the better team, but for the rest of the first half the visitors were on top, Courtois saving an Iborra header, and Coke and Fazio both shooting wide. Villa tested Beto with a long shot after the interval, and Raúl García felt he should have had a penalty when Alberto Moreno brought him down in the area. However just two minutes later referee Hernández Hernández awarded one to the Andalusians after Juanfran pulled on Bacca’s shirt, and Rakitic drilled home the resulting spot kick. The final minutes were more like a martial arts contest than a football match, Diego Costa and Fazio exchanging blows on the blind side of the referee, and Moreno being shown a red card for a tackle from behind on Raúl García. A disappointing 1-1 draw for Simeone’s side though, meaning that Barça stay in first place for another week on goal difference, but better news for Sevilla, who have now gone eight games without defeat.