Papu’s goal and historical record of points for Sevilla

Koundé and Papu Gómez celebrate the Argentine's winning goal.

The 2020-21 season threw the curtain on Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. By one of those winks of fate, the tournament ended in the fiefdom of the team that later finished competing last season, in which they conquered the Europa League, with little time to prepare the current one, just finished and already in history. The Sevilla stadium was the scene of the goodbye of some Sevilla players who had their importance in recent seasons, in the case of goalkeeper Vaclik or Franco Vázquez, who end their contract and will not renew. The captain, Escudero, was also a starter and has some options to stay if he accepts the downward renewal that the Andalusian entity has offered him. A goal from Papu in the discount gave the victory to Sevilla and allowed Julen Lopetegui’s men to reach 77 points. Thus, the historical record reached by Unai Emery’s team in 2015, of 76 points, is surpassed.

Therefore, the tears of Mudo Vázquez remained in the stands when he was substituted in the second half. The midfielder, with his strengths and weaknesses, has left his mark on the Sevilla fans since his arrival in the summer of 2016. With the Andalusian team he won the 2020 Europa League and played in the 2016 and 2020 European Super Cup finals, as well as the final of the 2018 King’s Cup and the 2016 and 2018 Spanish Super Cup. Escudero also gave the impression of saying goodbye, like Vaclik, who kissed the sticks after the final whistle.

On this farewell afternoon, Alavés, also relaxed after his great career in the last stage to achieve salvation, wanted to say goodbye with good football to a course with a bad look and a happy ending. The Basque team will add its sixth consecutive participation in LaLiga Santander, something that it has not done in its entire history. The game, which was played at a very low pace, was defined in an exciting final stretch, with the two looser teams in search of victory.

It was Alavés who had the best chances, but Vaclik served one last service to the cause of Sevilla. Joselu was left alone before the Czech goal, who made a great save to avoid the goal of the Basque team. Lucas Pérez, with everything in his favor, then sent the ball out. There was time in the extension for Papu to take a great shot from distance that beat Pacheco, who entered the second half for his teammate Sivera, injured. Thus, with the dance of Papu and a smile, the great season of Sevilla ended, fourth several days in advance, semifinalist of the Copa del Rey and in the second round of the Champions League.

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