The damage was all done in the first half with Atletico de Madrid putting in a flawless 45 minutes of Football. Atletico de Madrid midfielder Diego Costa was on fire & his participation was the catalyst that gave rise to the two goals. The first came from a Diego Costa back pass in the goal square that found Raul Garcia who chipped it into the direction of FALCAO who headed home in the 11 th min. The second also started with Costa with the ball finding LUIS FELIPE in the square who rammed home in the 23rd min.
Atletico goalkeeper COURTOIS was excellent tonight as well & kept out two Betis opportunities ( first & second half ) that were miraculous in their saves & execution.
Atletico relaxed in the second half & gave Betis tha ball & the iniciative. Totally different from the first half as the home side looked as if their batteries were failing. Betis had chances back the well placed Atletico defence & midfield strengthening with substitutes ( Koke & Cristian Rodriguez) stopped the Betis charge.
Next week the 2º leg at Sevilla. The game is strongly in Atletico´s favour but not secure, Betis will look at attempting to turn things around.