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Atletico Madrid 3-1 Sevilla

Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann (right) has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season

Atletico Madrid comfortably beat third-placed Sevilla to move within two points of Jorge Sampaoli's side.

It capped a miserable week for Sevilla after being knocked out of the Champions League by Leicester, who will face Atletico in the quarter-finals.

Diego Godin put Atletico ahead, before Antoine Griezmann scored a rocket of a free-kick and Koke added a third.

Fernando Torres made his return from a head injury, as Joaquin Correa scored a late consolation goal.

Diego Simeone's Atletico are fourth in La Liga, the final Champions League qualification spot, but are now targeting automatic entry to the group stages by finishing in the top three.

They reached the quarter-finals of this season's competition in midweek with a 0-0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen, going through 4-2 on aggregate.

But they rediscovered their scoring touch against Sevilla, who have now failed to win their past three La Liga games.

Captain Godin was left unmarked to head in Griezmann's free-kick on 37 minutes, and the France forward then scored his fifth goal in five games in the 60th minute.

Gabriel Mercado fouled Kevin Gameiro to concede a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Griezmann hammered his shot over the wall and in off the underside of the crossbar.

Torres, who was hospitalised after injuring his head during Atletico's draw with Deportivo La Coruna on 2 March, returned to loud cheers as he replaced Gameiro in the 63rd minute.

Sevilla had been title contenders this season, but have dropped off the pace in recent weeks and are on their longest run without a victory since Sampaoli replaced Unai Emery last summer.

"We've got to try and get our mojo back," said Sampaoli.

Atletico lost right-back Sime Vrsaljiko in the second minute to an injury and the club later revealed the Croatia international has suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo further tests.

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Line-ups

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Oblak
  • 16VrsaljkoSubstituted forTorres Belénat 2'minutes
  • 15Savic
  • 2GodínBooked at 66mins
  • 3Filipe LuísBooked at 40mins
  • 10CarrascoBooked at 55minsSubstituted forGaitánat 83'minutes
  • 14Fernández Arenas
  • 8Saúl
  • 6Koke
  • 7Griezmann
  • 21GameiroSubstituted forTorresat 63'minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 1Moyá
  • 9Torres
  • 11Correa
  • 19Hernández
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Gaitán
  • 24Giménez

Sevilla

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Rico
  • 3Ferreira Filho
  • 24MercadoBooked at 60mins
  • 23Rami
  • 5LengletSubstituted forJoveticat 45'minutes
  • 17SarabiaBooked at 47minsSubstituted forIborraat 64'minutes
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 18EscuderoBooked at 23mins
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 12Ben YedderSubstituted forCorreaat 64'minutes
  • 10Nasri

Substitutes

  • 6Carrico Martins
  • 8Iborra
  • 11Correa
  • 14Montoya
  • 16Jovetic
  • 22Vázquez
  • 31Caro Díaz
Referee:
Jesús Gil Manzano
Attendance:
49,544

Match Stats

Home TeamAtl MadridAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Sevilla. Vitolo tries a through ball, but Stevan Jovetic is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Escudero with a cross following a set piece situation.

  5. Post update

    Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Juanfran (Atlético de Madrid).

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolás Gaitán.

  8. Post update

    Vitolo (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Gabi (Atlético de Madrid).

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 1. Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Filipe Luis with a through ball.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Atlético de Madrid. Nicolás Gaitán replaces Yannick Carrasco.

  13. Booking

    Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stevan Jovetic (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Atlético de Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Koke.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stevan Jovetic (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Atlético de Madrid 3, Sevilla 0. Koke (Atlético de Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joaquín Correa (Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stevan Jovetic.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 19th March 2017

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid27205271284365
2Barcelona28196381255663
3Sevilla28176552341857
4Atl Madrid28167552232955
5Villarreal28139639201948
6Real Sociedad28153104239348
7Ath Bilbao28135103532344
8Eibar2811894439541
9Espanyol28101084039140
10Alavés28101082933-440
11Celta Vigo27115114045-538
12Las Palmas2898114445-135
13Real Betis2887133144-1331
14Valencia2886143851-1330
15Malaga2869133345-1227
16Dep La Coruña2869133143-1227
17Leganés2868142241-1926
18Sporting Gijón2856173157-2621
19Granada2847172558-3319
20Osasuna2818192867-3911
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