Sevilla first side to reach semi finals – Copa del Rey

Sevilla first side to reach semi finals – Copa del Rey

January 23, 2018 Off By Campbell Finlayson

Sevilla made it two wins from two legs to dispatch of Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate and secure their place in the last four of the Copa del Rey.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg away at the Wanda Metropolitano, Sevilla took just 25 seconds to confirm their advantage as Sergio Escudero volleyed them in front.

Great play worked the ball out wide to Pablo Sarabia whose cross was met on the full by left back Escudero who struck the ball ferociously past Miguel Moya for the perfect start for the hosts.

Nothing changed for Atleti with that goal, Los Colchoneros still needed two goals only now to take the game to extra time and on 13 minutes they grabbed the first of those.

A long ball forward was knocked down by Kevin Gameiro to fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann who flicked the ball past the defender and as the ball sat up he hit it on the half volley with his weaker right foot from 25 yards and watched as the ball sailed beyond Sergio Rico and into the back of the net.

The game was played at a high tempo throughout but with Atleti needing to score, it would be Sevilla who would make the next move.

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Joaquin Correa burst into the box where he was stopped in his tracks by Saul Niguez with the referee pointing to the spot. Up stepped Ever Banega to slot past Moya despite the keeper going the right way.

Atleti continued to press but they were caught on the break by the hosts with Sarabia collecting the ball on the left hand side of the box before cutting inside and seeing his low shot deflect into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.

There was no time left for Atleti to get back into the game this time despite efforts from Gameiro and Yannick Carrasco with boss Diego Simeone being sent to the stand for an altercation with the match officials as Atleti’s Copa del Rey campaign fizzled out.

Sevilla: Rico; Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; Banega, N’Zonzi; Sarabia, Vazquez (Pizarro, 84), Correa (Nolito, 87); Muriel (Ben Yedder, 73)

Atletico Madrid: Moya; Vrsaljko, Gimenez (Thomas, 64), Godin, Lucas; Correa (Carrasco, 60), Gabi (Torres, 56), Koke, Saul; Gameiro, Griezmann