Both teams had serious intentions to fight for the Champion’s title with “Barcelona” and “Real” and that is why this match attracted attention of fans from all parts of the world. Also it was very interesting to watch the duel of two charismatic coaches – Jorge Sampaoli against Diego Simeone.
Both teams had played on Midweek in the Champions League away matches in Eastern Europe and they have won with the same score 1:0 – “Sevilla” appeared to be stronger than Zagreb “Dinamo”, and “Atletico” has upset Russian “Rostov”. Both coaches have chosen the same squads that had played also in the Champions League, with the only one predicted exception – in the attack of “Atletico” instead of Torres there was Gameiro. One more small plus for hosts was the fact that they had one additional day of rest and the home field could help in gaining positive outcome though last season even this factor didn’t help to avoid defeat – “Atletico” has won 3:0 at Ramón Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.
The match has begun rather nervously – both teams did not want to force events understanding the importance of this match. In debut the guests have got a chance of the most dangerous penalty shot when near the penalty line Rami has put down Gameiro, but Griezmann from the standard has not managed to overplay the “wall”. “Sevilla” was able to please the fans with scoring chance only by the middle of first half. At first the beautiful combination on left wing has ended with the serve to Vazquez but Savic has destroyed this attempt. And couple of minutes later N’Zonzi made dropkick, but could not score. But the most real moment to score had “Atletico” at the end of first half – the long pass by Godin, Gameiro-headed on Correa who had to shoot the net, but he has managed to miss having once again disappointed Diego Simeone.
The second half has begun with the advantage of “Atletico”, but counterattacks of “Sevilla” were even more dangerous. Vitolo, Nasri and N’Zonzi had good chances, to open the score but Oblak helped his team, and hosts were simply unlucky. It was obvious that defense of “Atletico” in this match was not so reliable, as usual, and this has helped to score the first goal. Almost 50 000 fans were absolutely happy despite the rain. Vietto has passed to N’Zonzi who has rather easily run from Koke and Savic, and having come close to Oblak he shot exactly into the left corner.
Football players of “Atletico” became nervous and tried to add some aggression, but it has not led to anything good – Koke has played Vazquez’s leg and got the yellow card that was his second card. Till the end of the match the hosts without any difficulties have managed to cope with the attempts of the rival team to score having received 3 points. Now the team of orge Sampaoli heads the standings of La Liga though Madrid “Real” will have a chance to take over the lead if the team beats “Atletico” from Bilbao.
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