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Sevilla oust Atletico Madrid to reach final four of Copa del Rey

Sevilla are through to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey courtesy of a 5-2 aggregate win over Atletico Madrid.

The five-time winners of the competition led 2-1 heading into Tuesday’s second leg after inflicting a first domestic defeat on their opponents at the Wanda Metropolitano last week.

An early goal from Sergio Escudero in front of a packed Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan crowd put Los Rojiblancos on their way, with Ever Banega and Pablo Sarabia adding to the scoring after Antoine Griezmann had temporarily levelled things up on the night.

Sarabia lofted in a cross for Escudero to meet on the volley inside the opening minute in Andalusia, leaving stand-in keeper Miguel Angel Moya with little chance of keeping it out.

With a two-goal deficit to overcome, Atletico – nine points better off than their opponents in the La Liga standings – plugged away and had a route back into the game through a stunning Griezmann strike.

 The French striker controlled Kevin Gameiro’s pass and unleashed a half-volley over the reach of Sergio Rico in the Sevilla goal.

Sevilla had not lost to Atleti in eight previous Copa home ties, though, and it was the home side who scored the pivotal third goal of the evening early in the second half.

After Gameiro and Griezmann squandered good chances to convert, both at the end of Sime Vrsaljko crosses, Saul Niguez barged into Joaquin Correa to gift Banega a chance to convert from the penalty spot.

Rico then denied Angel Correa from point-blank range to keep his side’s two-goal advantage intact, before Atletico skipper Diego Godin headed over the bar unmarked from a Koke corner.

Visiting boss Diego Simeone rolled the dice with his changes, but the gamble did not pay off as Sarabia was picked out on the counter and placed the ball out of Moya’s reach after cutting on to his left foot.

Yannick Ferreira Carrasco was next to be denied by Rico from the final opening of the match, meaning that Sevilla advanced through with some room to breathe.