La Liga - Sevilla claim Copa del Rey

Eurosport - Wed, 19 May 21:46:00 2010

Sevilla claimed their second Copa del Rey in four years afer defeating Atletico Madrid 2-0 in the final at the Camp Nou in Barcelona.

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Goals from Diego Capel and Jesus Navas sealed a deserved win for the Andalusians, who edged a fiery affair in the Catalan capital.

Atletico went into the match looking to secure a second trophy in the space of a week following their Europa League triumph over Fulham last Wednesday.

Sevilla, meanwhile, were seeking a cup-winning climax to a season that saw Los Nervionenses finish fourth in La Liga and achieve Champions League football with a 93rd-minute winner away to Almeria on Sunday.

Sevilla made the brighter start. They took just five minutes to score a goal that displayed both fantastic teamwork and wonderful skill from Capel.

Moving the ball from left-back to the impressive Navas on the right, his shot was blocked but only as far as Capel lurking on the edge of the area.

Capel's first-time, left-foot rocket flashed inside a helpless David De Gea's right post to give Sevilla a lead they would protect for the remainder of a lively first half.

Atletico came close to scoring just five minutes later, with their celebrated strike-force of Sergio Aguero and Diego Forlan both seeing goal-bound efforts blocked on the line by Sebastien Squillaci.

Their final chance of a fiery first half came three minutes before the half-time whistle, Forlan forcing a fine save from Andres Palop with a low drive to the keeper's left.

The second half began with a burst of pressure from Atletico, but Sevilla again created a great chance after a sumptuous team move just shy of the hour mark.

Fredi Kanoute combined with the indefatigable Didier Zokora on the edge of the area before sending a completely unmarked Alvaro Negredo clear on goal with a sublime backheel.

However, Negredo drilled his right-foot shot straight at De Gea's body with just the keeper to beat.

The fluency of the football in the second half was repeatedly interrupted by rough challenges and individual disputes, and tempers looked to be boiling over in the 70th minute as Luis Perea smashed into Capel with a crunching, but fair challenge.

Several players clashed, with both sets of coaches becoming involved, leaving referee Mejuto Gonzalez to calm things down.

Atletico exerted sustained pressure on Sevilla towards the end of the match, but Squillaci and Julien Escude were rarely threatened behind Zokora, and in the 90th minute Sevilla scored their decisive second after a mistake from Perea.

Navas latched on to a long ball after Perea's slip and rounded De Gea expertly before slamming the ball into the back of the net to send the travelling Andalusian hordes into raptures.

John Stead / Eurosport

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