Im­pres­sive Sevilla hand Atletico its first loss in Spain

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Coach Jorge Sam­paoli felt Sevilla needed a big win against a top op­po­nent to es­tab­lish it­self as a true con­tender in Spain.

He got just that yes­ter­day as his team de­feated pre­vi­ously un­beaten Atletico Madrid 1-0 to reach the top of the Span­ish league, at least for a few hours.

French mid­fielder Steven N’Zonzi net­ted the win­ner in the 73rd minute at a packed Ra­mon Sanchez-Pizjuan Sta­dium to give the hosts their third straight win. It was the team’s sixth straight win at home this sea­son.

Diego Sime­one’s team played with 10 men from the 77th on Sun­day be­cause of a sec­ond yel­low card shown to mid­fielder Jorge "Koke" Res­ur­rec­cion.

Sam­paoli made key ad­just­ments at half­time, al­low­ing his team to take con­trol of the game and earn the hard-fought vic­tory un­der pour­ing rain in Seville.

N’Zonzi scored the win­ner on a fast break­away, speed­ing past two de­fend­ers af­ter re­ceiv­ing a great through­ball from striker Lu­ciano

Yes­ter­day Celta Vigo-Dep. La Coruna ............... 4 1 Sevilla-Atl. Madrid ........................... 1-0 Malaga-Le­ganes .............................. 4-0 Vil­lar­real-Las Pal­mas ....................... 2-1 Real Madrid-Ath Bil­bao ................... 2-1

Stand­ings

Real Madrid Sevilla Barcelona Vil­lar­real Atl. Madrid Ath Bil­bao Real So­ciedad Celta Vigo Las Pal­mas Malaga Eibar Betis Alaves Le­ganes Va­len­cia Es­panyol Dep. La Coruna Gi­jon Os­asuna Granada CF 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 1 2 2 1 0 3 2 1 4 3 0 1 1 3 3 3 2 4 1 0 5 2 2 3 3 0 24 9 21 1 17 12 20 2 29 12 19 0 16 5 19 1 21 4 18 4 14 12 15 4 14 12 13 4 13 17 13 3 17 15 12 3 12 10 12 3 14 13 12 4 11 19 11 3 911 10 5 917 10 6 13 18 9 3 12 17 8 5 6 14 8 5 7 18 8 5 11 19 6 6 8 23 3

Vi­etto. The French­man en­tered the area and calmly sent a low shot into the far cor­ner as Atletico goal­keeper Jan Oblak charged from the net.

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