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Atletico Edge Sevilla In First-Leg

Atletico Madrid took a narrow 2-1 advantage over Sevilla in their Copa del Rey semi-final first leg in an extraordinary match at the Vicente Calderon.

The game featured three red cards and three penalties, with Diego Costa slotting both for Atletico while Alvaro Negredo fired home from the spot for the visitors.

Atletico were without star striker Radamel Falcao, who is out injured, meaning that Adrian Lopez partnered Costa upfront.

The opening stages saw both sides struggling to create chances but in the 30th minute Koke went close after good work from Adrian but the goalkeeper was up to the task.

Negredo's shot from distance was then sent over the crossbar by Thibaut Cortois as the visitors finished the half strongly.

The opening goal would arrive in the 48th minute after Emir Spahic handled the ball in the area and earned his second yellow card. Costa stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.

Another handball would lead to the second penalty seven minutes later when the ball bounced onto Diego Godin's arm and prevented a goalbound effort - and he was given a red card for his troubles. Negredo then copied Costa's effort to bring the game level.

Ivan Rakitic fizzed a long range strike just wide as the tempo increased with the open spaces but a third penalty would be dished out when Fernando Navarro lost balance and got his arm on the ball while falling. Costa went the same way from the spot to put Atletico ahead once again.

The game went back and forth before Navarro earned his second yellow card for a wild tackle on Costa with four minutes to go but Atletico couldn't find a late strike to increase their advantage.


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