Atletico Madrid pulled off an impressive victory against top four rivals Sevilla in what was a hotly contested match at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Goals from Koke, Gabi and Jackson Martinez helped Atletico to a resounding win and kept up their dominance in this fixture which now stands at ten games unbeaten since losing to Los Rojiblancos in October 2010.
In truth the game was a scrappy one with few clear chances and at times resembled a wrestling match. The build up to the opening goal was no exception as defender Daniel Carrico pulled Antoine Griezmann to the floor. However, the Frenchman, was one of the very few players capable of showing his class tonight, showed he had fight as well and managed to kick the ball towards Koke in the box and the Spaniard fired the ball into the net in the 35th-minute and his fourth ever goal against Sevilla.
With the margins so thin a sending-off could have swung things in the favour of the Sevillistas, instead they found themselves two-nil down when Gabi, who failed to score last season, doubled the advantage for Los Colchoneros in the 79th-minute. The Spanish midfielder took a quick free-kick that got a deflection which deceived goalkeeper Beto.
However, after two games Diego Simeone's men are joint first with Celta Vigo, Elche and Barcelona on six points, whilst Unai Emery's troops are 15th with just one point to their name after two games.
Sevilla as a club have finished the last 15 seasons in the top ten of La Liga and whilst they are predicted to do so again, they will have designs on pushing the top four all the way. They will need to show a massive improvement after the international break to avoid falling further behind.