A goal from the Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri, in the extension of the game, he undid the equalizer (2-1) and gave Sevilla an almost definitive victory in his fight to ensure the permanence, Meanwhile he villarrealin an attempt to become strong in the European positions, lost an opportunity to do so, so it will be the Sevilla fans who continue to party in these days of the April Fair.
Rafa Mir overtook the Seville in the first part, Pau Torres equalized early in the second and En-Nesyri defined a game at the end in which the locals were superior at the beginning and the visitors improved during the match.
The victory of Sevilla, paradoxically, is also good for the “eternal rival”, Betis, who sees how despite losing in Pamplona He maintains his fifth place in the classification.
Although this campaign the trajectories of both teams are diametrically opposed, For this appointment, the team from Castellón arrived with the disappointment of having lost the previous day at home against Valladolid and the Sevillian with the joy of having won in LaLiga in Mestalla against Valencia and three days later against Manchester United and with this achieve the pass to the semifinals of the Europa League.
But Quique Setién’s men, after the defeat of Betis and the victory of Real Sociedad that occurred on Saturday, had the opportunity to snatch the fifth from the Andalusians and odnolet the Basque team escape in the fourthwith which the mission was to keep the European struggle very much alive.
Another is Sevilla’s fight in the domestic tournament, in which he intends to add three by three to get as far away from the relegation zone as possible, although José Luis Mendilibar has the problem of dosing the wear and tear on his players by linking European matches almost without rest with those of LaLiga, which now also It has interweekly days.
The locals, with up to nine starting players who did not start against United, came out with the inertia they left on Thursday and From the start they pressed a lot and constantly reached the vicinity of the goal defended by Pepe Reina.
The visiting team weathered the momentum of their rivals as best they could and managed, after fifteen minutes, for the ball to be distributed a little more, which also coincided with J leaving the field injuredosé Luis Morales and that he had to be replaced by the Senegalese striker Nicolas Jackson.
In this pulse, Sevilla was more incisive, although, as happened shortly before half an hour in a shot by Suso Fernández to which Pepe Reina responded well, Mendilibar’s formation was not successful with the opponent’s goal, but insistence had its reward and the Cádiz winger, now as a passer, gave Rafa Mir a good ball so that he did shoot him at the end of the goal.
Villarreal reacted at the moment and pressed with everythingwhich he had not done before, before the goal of the Serbian Marko Dmitrovic and thus the Argentine Giovani Lo Celso was the leader of his team and was close to the tie on two occasions, like Jackson, who was even canceled by VAR. goal for offside, although Suso also found that a stick repelled the ball in what could have been 2-0 before the break.
In the second half, the formation from Castellón wanted to resume it as the first ended and kept up its pressure on the local areaand thus the Nigerian striker Samu Chukwueze had a chance to tie and shortly after the center-back Pau Torres did, not without suspense because he was also reviewed in the VAR for the possibility of offside.
Thus began a game of just over half an hour with the 1-1 and with two teams that sought their second goal,Although now Sevilla was not as dominant as at the beginning of the clash and Villarreal did not want the work they did to not have a reward.
What did seem was that the game would not end in a tie because both formations did not settle and when they could they triedsuch as the French Étiene Capoue and Dani Parejo for the yellows or the Argentine Erik Lamela and Jesús Navas for the whites, although the one who did not fail was En-Nesyri with a header from a corner that brought the party to Sánchez-Pizjuán.