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Nzonzi strike sinks Atletico to take Sevilla top of La Liga

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6   //    23 Oct 2016, 22:12 IST
Football Soccer - Sevilla v Atletico Madrid- Spanish La Liga Santander - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, Seville - 23/10/16 Sevilla's Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi (L) celebrates after scoring against Atletico Madrid. REUTERS / Marcelo del Pozo
Football Soccer - Sevilla v Atletico Madrid- Spanish La Liga Santander - Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, Seville - 23/10/16 Sevilla's Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi (L) celebrates after scoring against Atletico Madrid. REUTERS / Marcelo del Pozo

By Richard Martin

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Sevilla provisionally climbed to top of La Liga after Steven Nzonzi's second half strike handed them a 1-0 win over 10-man Atletico Madrid on Sunday, inflicting a first defeat of the season on Diego Simeone's side.

Former Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City midfielder Nzonzi skipped past Atletico's backline to latch onto a through ball from Atletico loanee Luciano Vietto to score in the 73rd minute and seal Sevilla's first win over Atletico in over six years.

Atletico and Spain midfielder Koke was dismissed for a second booking in the 77th. The visiting side almost snatched a late equaliser but defender Diego Godin's header went straight towards Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

Sevilla top the standings with 20 points, while Atletico slip from first to third on 18. Real Madrid, on 18, will go top if they beat Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday.

(Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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