Thursday, June 1, 2023

Mendilibar’s Sevilla have fun and De Gea takes a picture

The first part was of absolute Sevilla domination. Mendilibar has shown in this team that common sense offers good results. Sampaoli opted for a histrionic and deranged team that was not quite comfortable on the field. The Basque has opted for a line of four with a physically powerful midfield, with Fernando and Gudelj, with Rakitic at the helm and upright footballers like En-Nesyri and an Ocampos who has regained confidence.

Against United, the Sevilla players showed his most aggressive profile with and without the ball. They pushed the Ten Hags very hard, they had no space to think, and when they stole they stampeded. In one of those blows, three Sevilla players launched themselves like wolves after Maguire, whom De Gea put in a problem, and after stealing the ball En-Nesyri scored. With the score in favor came the bad news of the Marcao’s umpteenth muscle injurywhich caused Gudelj to go down to the rear axis and Suso to occupy the midfield.

before the break Ocampos scored the second, but the VAR annulled it due to a millimeter offside de Acuña, who assisted him.

A United without faith

However, the second half started just like the first. In a corner of Rakitic Badé finished off with his shoulder and the ball ended up falling into the goal of DeGea. United, which had taken out Rashford and Shaw, came how his coach’s plan collapsed. The semifinals were one step away for Sevilla and a world away for those at Old Trafford. To that was added a Sánchez Pizjuán who carried Sevilla on his wings in one of those great European nights of Seville.

The minutes passed and Sevilla knew how to suffer because United pushed but did not create any real danger. Mendilibar took out Bryan Gil to take advantage of the spaces with ten minutes remaining. And then Calamity De Gea joined the party. A long ball from Acuña was poorly cleared by the Spanish goalkeeper and the ball went free to En-Nesyri, who without a goalkeeper scored his second goal. That goal closed the game and sealed the ticket for the Europa League semifinals, where Juventus awaits him with the first leg at the Turin Olympic Stadium. Those of Sánchez Pizjuán are looking for their seventh title in this competition.

Data sheet:

3 – Seville: Bond; Jesús Navas, Badé, Marcao (Suso, m.29), Acuña (Alex Telles, m.84); Gudelj, Fernando; Ocampos, Rakitic, Lamela (Bryan Gil, m.80); In-Nesyri.

0 – Manchester United: DeGea; Wan-Bissaka (Shaw, m.46), Maguire, Lindelof, Dalot; Eriksen (Elanga, m.86), Casemiro, Sabitzer (Fred, m.68); Antony, Martial (Weghorst, m.54), Jadon Sancho (Rashford, m..

Goals: 1-0, M.8: En-Nesyri. 2-0, M.47: Badé. 3-0, M.81: En-Nesyri.

Referee: Artur Dias (Portugal). He admonished the local Bono (m.73) and the visitors Casemiro (m.56), Antony (m.59) and Shaw (m.93).

Incidents: Second leg of the quarterfinals of the Europa Football League played at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in Seville before 41,974 spectators who filled the stadium; including 2,847 English fans, according to official data.


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