Atlético Madrid 4-0 Sevilla: Falcao marks 50th goal from the spot
Falcao ends his dry spell with a 50th Atlético goal, as they run riot against Sevilla, who end the game with nine men.
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Falcao forged his way into the box and was brought down by Spahic. The referee allowed play to continue and immediately after, Koke was then brought down by Fazio. This time there were no doubts by the referee, who pointed to the spot and produced a red card for the towering Sevilla defender. Up stepped Falcao to strike the ball straight down the middle, with Palop diving away to the right. Goal number 50 for Falcao at Atlético and reduced to ten men, Sevilla had a mountain to climb.
Sevilla to their credit, managed to hold out for another twenty minutes, before Atlético doubled their lead. Great movement from Falcao and a defence-splitting pass found Arda Turan on the right. He fired in a deadly cross towards the far post and with Diego Costa arriving, Spahic deflected the ball into his own net with nowhere else to turn.
With no time to breathe for Sevilla, only four minutes later, Diego Costa found Koke free on the far post. 3-0 to Atlético, just before the half-time break and Sevilla were sinking fast with the reduced numbers.
Damage limitation would be the best Sevilla could hope for, as early in the second-half, Atlético Madrid piled forward ruthlessly. Falcao drew a double save from Palop, whilst Diego Costa hit the crossbar.
As a contest, the game had already been won in the first-half and inevitably, the game began to run out of steam as the second-half progressed. Sevilla were holding firm and limiting further chances from Atlético, who already knew they had the match comfortably won.
With ten minutes remaining, Luna on the Sevilla bench was red-carded for protesting a little too strongly from the touchline. Further frustration would follow moments later, when Rakitic was shown his second yellow card, following a needless foul. With seven minutes left on the clock, Sevilla were down to nine men.
Sorry Sevilla couldn’t resist the following onslaught. Palop managed to prevent two Atlético chances, but deep into injury time he was helpless to stop Miranda adding a fourth for the home side. A comfortable 4-0 win for Atlético and a poor disciplinary display from Sevilla, who became the first side this season to receive three red expulsions in one match.