Jan 19, 2014 at 8pm UK at ​Vicente Calderon Stadium
AtleticoAtletico Madrid
Villa (18')
Juanfran (71'), Gabi (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Rakitic (73' pen.)
Pareja (13'), Carrico (26')
Moreno (91')

Result: Atletico Madrid miss chance to top La Liga table

David Villa in action during his presentation as a new Atletico de Madrid player at Estadio Vicente Calderon on July 15, 2013
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Atletico Madrid miss the chance to go top of La Liga as they are held to a 1-1 draw by Sevilla.

Atletico Madrid have climbed up to second in the La Liga table, but missed the chance to take top spot.

Barcelona's dropped points in the earlier kickoff provided the Rojiblancos with the opportunity to overtake the Catalan giants and rivals Real Madrid.

Despite taking the lead against Sevilla, Madrid failed to hold on to their advantage and remain behind leaders Barcelona on goal difference.

Diego Simeone's side had the first opportunity of the match after a clever piece of skill by David Villa found Filipe Luis inside the box, but the Brazilian fired his effort well wide of the target.

Atletico came close again moments later, this time through striker Diego Costa, who turned on the edge of the area before firing into the side-netting.

The hosts did eventually get the breakthrough after 18 minutes through Villa, who latched onto a loose ball and fired into the bottom corner.

After both sides had failed to take their respective half-chances, Sevilla were awarded a penalty when Juanfran pulled Carlos Bacca to the ground.

Captain Ivan Rakitic stepped up and thumped his penalty into the bottom corner to level the contest.

As the clock ticked towards full time, Alberto Moreno was shown a straight red card for the visitors, but Sevilla held on to maintain their unbeaten run that now stretches to eight games.

Ateltico, meanwhile, will rue their missed opportunity to climb to the top of the table.

Atletico Madrid's David Villa celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal against Almeria on September 14, 2013
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