Three penalties and three red cards as Atletico beats Sevilla in Copa semifinal

Emir Spahic, Fernando Navarro and Diego Godin were sent-off as Diego Costa scored two penalties to give Atletico a first leg advantage.

updated: February 01, 2013 13:17 IST
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Madrid: Forward Diego Costa scored two penalties to give 10-man Atletico Madrid a 2-1 home win over nine-man Sevilla on Thursday in an incident-packed first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal that featured three penalties from handballs.

Diego Costa earned and converted his first spot kick in the 49th minute when Sevilla's Emir Spahic was shown his second yellow card for a handball in the box.

Alvaro Negredo got Sevilla a valuable away goal with a 56th minute penalty after Atletico defender Diego Godin was shown a straight red card for using his arm to block Negredo's shot.

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