Spanish La Liga
Atl Madrid1Sevilla1

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Sevilla

David Villa

Atletico Madrid missed the opportunity to go top of La Liga as visitors Sevilla earned a deserved point at the Vicente Calderon.

Diego Simeone's side knew they could go two points clear of Barcelona and led through David Villa's low strike.

But they were pegged back when Sevilla, who ended with 10 men after Alberto Moreno's late red card, levelled through skipper Ivan Rakitic's penalty.

Atletico stay second behind Barca, who drew at Levante, on goal difference.

Third-placed Real Madrid, who cruised to a 5-0 win at Real Betis on Saturday, are now only one point behind the pair after trailing by five going into last month's winter break.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are the biggest winners on the first weekend since the turn of the Spanish season after watching both of their title rivals unexpectedly slip-up.

Ahead of kick-off at Atletico's game, there was a sense of expectation among a noisy home crowd buoyed by the news filtering through from Levante that Barcelona had dropped points.

And the party atmosphere continued as their team profited from a high-tempo start with Villa's opener.

The Spain striker, who joined Atletico from Barcelona in the summer, smashed through a crowded penalty area after Sevilla keeper Beto failed to punch clear home skipper Gabi's right-wing cross.

But the mood of Atletico darkened - particularly that of coach Simeone, who became increasingly animated on the touchline - after defender Juanfran was rightly punished for tugging Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca's shirt inside the penalty area.

Despite a long delay, Croatia international Rakitic kept his nerve to fire into the left corner above Atletico keeper Thibaut Courtois's despairing dive.

Sevilla midfielder Moreno was shown a straight red card after tangling with Gabi in the dying moments, but Atletico could not make their numerical advantage count.

Line-ups

Atl Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 20JuanfranBooked at 71mins
  • 3Filipe Luis
  • 14GabiBooked at 72mins
  • 23Miranda
  • 2Godín
  • 8Raúl García
  • 6KokeSubstituted forSosaat 88'minutes
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 9VillaSubstituted forRodríguezat 81'minutes
  • 10Turan

Substitutes

  • 1Aranzubia
  • 7Adrián
  • 11Rodríguez
  • 12Alderweireld
  • 15Guilavogui
  • 17Manquillo
  • 24Sosa

Sevilla

  • 13Beto
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 12Iborra
  • 2Fazio
  • 21ParejaBooked at 13minsSubstituted forGameiroat 45'minutes
  • 20Machín PérezSubstituted forMarinat 64'minutes
  • 6Carriço
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forReyesat 84'minutes
  • 11RakiticBooked at 90mins
  • 32MorenoBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 1Varas Herrera
  • 7Marin
  • 8Cristóforo
  • 15Trochowski
  • 17Samperio Bustara
  • 18Gameiro
  • 19Reyes
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
45,000

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, FC Sevilla 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 1, FC Sevilla 1.

Attempt blocked. José Sosa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Fernando Navarro.

Foul by Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid).

José Antonio Reyes (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Kevin Gameiro (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card.

Dismissal

Alberto Moreno (FC Sevilla) is shown the red card for fighting.

Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alberto Moreno (FC Sevilla).

Arda Turan (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Coke (FC Sevilla).

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. José Sosa replaces Koke.

Foul by Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid).

Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Cristian Rodríguez (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by José Antonio Reyes (FC Sevilla).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Federico Fazio.

Attempt blocked. Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. José Antonio Reyes replaces Carlos Bacca.

Substitution

Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Cristian Rodríguez replaces David Villa.

Miranda (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carlos Bacca (FC Sevilla).

Corner, Atlético de Madrid. Conceded by Kevin Gameiro.

Foul by Raúl García (Atlético de Madrid).

Ivan Rakitic (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Atlético de Madrid 1, FC Sevilla 1. Ivan Rakitic (FC Sevilla) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Gabi (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty FC Sevilla. Carlos Bacca draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Coke (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. David Villa (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Arda Turan.

Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Filipe Luis tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Filipe Luis.

Attempt blocked. Coke (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Diego Costa (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gabi with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Marko Marin replaces Vitolo.

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