Don’t miss the exhilarating replay and highlights of the Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla match! The action kicks off at 15:15 (GMT) on 23rd December 2023, with the talented César Soto taking on the role of referee. The game unfolds at the esteemed Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano as part of Spain’s La Liga, Week 4, Season 2023/2024. Get ready for a showdown you won’t want to miss!
Atletico Madrid vs Sevilla Full Match Reports
In the closing La Liga fixture of 2023, Atlético Madrid secured a triumphant 1-0 victory against Sevilla, courtesy of Marcos Llorente’s early second-half strike. The win left Los Colchoneros basking in a festive atmosphere at the Metropolitano and marked a celebration of 12 years since the appointment of the legendary coach Diego Simeone. On the flip side, Sevilla found themselves perilously close to the relegation zone, grappling with just one win in their last 12 league outings.
The jubilant mood among Atlético fans manifested itself on the pitch as Álvaro Morata initiated early pressure, forcing Marko Dmitrović into a save in the opening moments. Despite persistent offensive efforts deep into the first half, Quique Sánchez Flores’ revamped defense, which had clinched its first clean sheet in 16 matches against top-flight opponents in the previous outing, proved resilient.
However, last season’s UEFA Europa League champions struggled to maintain possession throughout the half and found themselves defending against numerous set pieces. The toll of five competitive games in under two weeks left Atléti appearing fatigued, demanding a surge in attacking creativity in the second half. Diego Simeone responded with halftime changes, a tactical move that swiftly paid off. Marcos Llorente, entering the play, seized upon Koke’s long ball, engaged in a somewhat fortunate one-two with a defender, and calmly swept the ball into the far post.
The opening goal injected vigor into the game, and Sevilla received a potential lifeline with 20 minutes remaining as Çağlar Söyüncü received a red card for a reckless challenge on Lucas Ocampos. Antoine Griezmann, just one goal away from becoming Atlético’s all-time top scorer, expressed discontent at being substituted. Nevertheless, with reinforced defense and spirited support from the home crowd, Atlético held firm to secure the victory.
Despite the red card, Atlético fans reveled in their team’s success after a hectic schedule. The challenge ahead involves breaking a three-match losing streak away from home in the new year to narrow the seven-point gap behind Girona and Real Madrid.
Man of the Match: Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético Madrid).