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Football: Atletico fail to build on Barcelona slip-up

Published on Jan 20, 2014 6:47 AM
 
Sevilla's goalkeeper Antonio Alberto Bastos hugs teammate Fernando Navarro at the end of their match against Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on Jan 19, 2014. Atletico Madrid missed the chance to move to the top of La Liga after being held 1-1 at home to Sevilla on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MADRID (AFP) - Atletico Madrid missed the chance to move to the top of La Liga after being held 1-1 at home to Sevilla on Sunday, Jan 19, 2014.

Earlier, Lionel Messi's first league start of 2014 could not inspire Barcelona to victory as they could only manage a 1-1 draw away to Levante.

That meant a win would take Atletico two points clear at the top and they appeared on route to victory when David Villa opened the scoring on 18 minutes.

However, the visitors were awarded a controversial penalty when Juanfran pulled Carlos Bacca's jersey 17 minutes from time and Ivan Rakitic coolly converted from the spot.

 
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