I went to Sevilla v Atletico Madrid last weekend, my second visit to the Sanchez-Pizjuan this season. Arguably the outstanding fixture of the weekend in Spain, between two of the most in-form teams in Europe and while it wasn’t a classic, it did provide a very enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment.
Atletí shaded the first half and probably should have been leading at the break, Correa guilty of a particularly glaring miss, but Sevilla stepped up a gear in the second half and deservedly went in front through unlikely goalscoring hero Steven N’Zonzi (once the man Big Sam thought could revolutionise the England team) and closed out the win.
The big disappointment was the weather, the heavy rain reminding me more of my time in Galicia or back home in Northern Ireland than usually sunny Seville!
Anyway, here are a few photos from the afternoon.
Griezmann lines up a free kick
And as a bit of a bonus, enjoy a clip of the Sanchez-Pizjuan singing Sevilla’s centenary anthem, comfortably one of the best in Spain, prior to kick off.
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The atmosphere was one of the things I’ll always take away from the game. It was my first taste of a really big game at the Sánchez-Pizjuan and hopefully not the last! Being in a seat near the Atlético ultras certainly added a bit of an edge to proceedings (that’s them whistling during the anthem in the video) as the fans of the two clubs don’t exactly see eye to eye ideologically.