La Liga fans saw a cracking encounter as 2nd placed Atletico Madrid outclassed now 3rd placed Sevilla to grab hold of three points from the weekend. The Madrid giants came into the game riding on the back of 2 straight victories against Athletic Bilbao and Wanda Metropolitano, and continued the streak against Eduardo Berizzo’ side.
After a drought first half ended on a 0-0 note, the game was lighted by Atletico Madrid’s forward Yannick Ferreira Carrasco just minutes into the second half as he slotted a pass from Saul past the Sevilla keeper.
The game which saw as many as 4 yellow cards was always hanging before French ace Antoinne Griezmann doubled Atletico’s lead in the 69th minute by sliding into Sevilla’s box and converted a Filipe Luis assist into a valuable slaughter for Madrid. He sent it bottom right past Rico who failed to put up his body against the ball and saw his team trail by two.
It was a comfortable afternoon in the end for Atletico Madrid as they knuckled past their arch rivals on to the second place in the La Liga table.
Both these sides have been continuously threatening in the ongoing La Liga season with Real Madrid struggling to match their opponent these two clubs can present a stern challenge for Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
Madrid’s performance had received significant boost after return of former striker Costa which proved to be an energizer for Diego Simoine’s squad, who must be looking forward to reunite with their talismanic main man.
“Very pleased. I think it has taken too long, but I’ve had a happy ending. Now, I am looking forward to seeing my teammates and starting to train,” Costa said at Madrid’s international airport on Friday after arriving aboard a flight from Sao Paulo aheda of his medical at his former club.
The Brazilian-born Spaniard acknowledged that he grew “a little nervous” as time passed without an agreement between Chelsea and Atleti.
“Miguel (Angel Gil Marin, Atletico’s CEO) made a great effort and I am very grateful for that, both to him and the club. I am very pleased by this effort and I will try somehow to thank (the club),” Costa said.
“We all know that I wanted to come back, but I won’t be ungrateful to Chelsea, where I was also happy and it is also a very big club, but Atleti is my home and here I am,” he added.
Costa was in Madrid to cheer his side from the stands as they sent a warning to his ex-club Chelsea with the Premier League champions gearing up to meet Atletico in the Champions League.
However a steady start to the proceedings from Madrid gave some quality space to the visitors who failed to capitalise on any and had to settle with a goalless half.
— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) September 23, 2017