Lucas Ocampos scored a penalty to earn Sevilla a 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid, who at least avoided defeat previous than a more than likely the most important week
by the use of Julen Lopetegui’s aspect at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
Diego Simeone’s men have been hoping for a positive result that may have taken themselves once more into the easiest four ahead of their Champions League last-16 2nd leg with Liverpool, then again Sevilla claimed a commendable draw as Atletico didn’t capitalise on their possibilities after half-time.
Luuk de Jong put Sevilla in front, previous than an Alvaro Morata penalty and a deflected Joao Felix effort grew to grow to be the tables, then again the visitors did cross in at the length stage because of Lucas Ocampos’ spot-kick.
Atletico attacked with better intensity in the second 1/2 of and crafted some presentable possibilities, then again Diego Costa and Yannick Carrasco have been every no longer ready to capitalise as a Sevilla held on.
Sevilla began with the upper intent and deservedly went ahead 19 minutes in, Stefan Savic no longer ready to cut out Joan Jordan’s go in from the fitting and De Jong finishing clinically after a prime quality first touch.
Atletico levelled from the spot through Morata – Diego Carlos penalised for an obtrusive handball following a protracted VAR check out.
Joao Felix then then put the hosts in front inside the 36th minute, his left-footed shot taking a huge deflection of Jules Kounde previous than looping over the helpless Tomas Vaclik.
However, Sevilla equalised merely previous than the break.
Ocampos reworked the game’s 2nd spot-kick after every other protracted VAR review adjudged Kieran Trippier to have caught the Argentinian.
Valik produced a beautiful save to deny Carrasco merely earlier the hour-mark, reacting to claw the ball away after it had taken a hefty deflection.
The Belgian forward went close over again briefly after, blasting over from the centre of the sector with what proved to be Atletico’s final clear-cut choice.
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What does it indicate? Atletico happy to steer clear of defeat
While a draw will frustrate Simeone, he is possibly grateful to steer clear of defeat above all, as that may were a large blow for their top-four possibilities and dented their confidence ahead of Wednesday.
Nevertheless, Sevilla might actually really feel frustrated they did not do additional to place Atleti beneath pressure inside the first 1/2 of after they have been the better aspect.
Joao Felix provides slightly little bit of spark
It has no longer been a great debut season at Atletico for Joao Felix, then again he undoubtedly showed flashes of his undoubted talent on Saturday. The Portugal famous person created three possible choices, 2nd best possible to team-mate Trippier, had three pictures and got himself a serve as – although he sought after help from Kounde to triumph over Vaclik.
Much of the ingenious burden will have to have been on Suso for Sevilla, then again the January signing from Milan was very quiet as he didn’t create a single chance.
Atletico turn their attention to the Champions League now, as they cross to Anfield 1-Zero up against title-holders Liverpool, followed by the use of a trip to Athletic Bilbao. Sevilla host Roma inside the Europa League on Thursday, then welcome bitter fighters Real Betis to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan three days later.