Sevilla rummaged through the balances of Anoeta, as if scrutinizing the stalls of the Sunday market that surrounded the stadium, and left with a bargain. With a low Real in the line-up, Lopetegui’s team found what they were looking for, beautiful, its size and cheaper than expected, although in the end it was difficult to take it. After a first half in which he dominated and had plenty of chances to win comfortably, he got carried away in the second and suffered at the end.
It all started with someone who left their factory. “I’m a Sevilla player,” he said the day before, and yet … Carlos Fernández arrived at Real because he was not on Lopetegui’s payroll and scored his first goal as a realist against the team of his loves. These are things that can happen, like the goal itself, almost an accident in the first half in which Sevilla was able to solve the game. Real Sociedad, with the losses of Merino and Silva, could not hold Lopetegui’s team, which came out with everything. The home team scored after five minutes, but from that moment on, the initiative was Sevilla.
It took very little time to scare En Nesyri, with a header that hit the post. Sevilla came to the area with overwhelming ease, with Real in their field. Papu Gómez, very participative, and the Ocampos knife on the left gave a very bad life to the San Sebastian behind. Remiro was able to get a shot from Diego Carlos with his body, but could not do anything on the Andalusian’s next occasion. Fernando received in the area, combed to the penalty spot and the ball bounced off Le Normand. He fell back at the feet of the Brazilian, who finished from close range to equalize the game and adjust the result more to what was being seen on the pitch.
La Real received the blow to the chin and accused him. In the next action, a minute later, Sevilla took the lead as soon as they recovered the ball. Ocampos fired, the shot was poisoned after brushing against Le Normand, hitting the post and En Nesyri, always attentive, shot Remiro. For several minutes, Imanol’s team was about to throw in the towel. Jordan, lord and master of the midfield, did not allow Donostia-style whims, who lost balls in a massive way, and favored the dangerous arrivals of Sevilla. Kounde was able to sentence with a header from the penalty spot taken by Remiro; Fernando’s subsequent shot went for a corner. Then, in the middle of the Andalusian festival, En Nesyri hit the stick again in his header.
Sevilla lost their compass a bit at the beginning of the second half, with a Real that squeezed a lot although disorderly, so Lopetegui put Rakitic on the field to calm the waters. Before, En Nesyri had had a very clear arrival against Remiro in a counterattack. He wanted to adjust the shot but he missed the crosshairs.
The game declined, or Sevilla deactivated it with their disposition on the field. La Real arrived based on arreones and without clarity, they tried to take advantage of the set pieces in which the visiting defense was serious and firm, which, however, found it difficult to connect with the clarity of the first half with their men on end.
The game was muddied, constantly cut with fouls and various interruptions that disrupted the rhythm at which it had been played. Imanol took out all his wardrobe funds to try what seemed impossible minutes before, and locked Sevilla in his field.
The final minutes were overwhelming on Bono’s goal, although the goalkeeper did not have to intervene beyond the pumped balls that fell from all corners. The uncertainty that caused the lack of aim of Seville in the first half, extended until the discount. Lopetegui’s team knew how to control anxiety in the final moments and took three points from Anoeta that are worth their weight in gold and that relaunch him in the fight for everything. La Real will have to continue fighting for Europe.