Atletico Madrid: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Cata Diaz, Filipe, Tiago, Gabi, Raul Garcia, Arda Turan, Diego Costa, Falcao
Atletico Madrid travelled to Seville knowing that a draw would see them through to a glamorous Copa del Rey final against their rivals, Real, having made full use of home advantage in the first leg, winning 2-1.
It was Atletico who took the lead on just five minutes when Diego Costa showed fantastic close control to turn Sevilla’s defence inside out on the edge of the area, before firing the ball into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
Medel had a fantastic opportunity to equalise for Sevilla but with the goal at his mercy he drilled his header into the ground and the ball bounced wide of the mark.
Falcao doubled their advantage in the 28th minute; this time Costa was the architect as he drilled a low ball towards the penalty spot, leaving the Colombian to do what he does best: smashing the ball into the back of the net.
Jesus Navas pulled one back for Sevilla five minutes before the break with a perfectly executed shot into the far corner. He controlled the ball well before hooking his foot around it and steering it in off the box, leaving Courtois rooted to the spot.
Madrid gave the hosts another chance to equalise, but Rakitic’s far post header flew six yards wide.
Costa could’ve put the game beyond Sevilla but he shot wide when he was one on one with Beto.
Medel saw red for a challenge on Diego Costa, but then came to blows with his team mates who had to force him off the pitch. On his way off the pitch he took his frustration out on an innocent bystander – a plastic chair.
Ivan Rakitic showed why his talents are so highly sought after with a goal from the same place as Costa’s first half strike, with the same result – the ball nestled in the bottom corner.
Sevilla were reduced to nine men after Kondogbia’s cynical challenge and stomp on Diego Costa, but it made no difference to the scoreline as Atletico Madrid reached the final on aggregate.