(EFE) – Sevilla beat Stade Rennes 1-0 and is now in the upper zone of Group E of the UEFA Champions League, equaling Chelsea with four points, after a good match in which they deserved a much wider marker given the numerous occasions that it generated before a relieved French team, seen as seen, to avoid a win.
The Spanish team generated countless chances throughout the game, including two shots to the crossbar, but it lacked definition and could only beat the Breton team 1-0, although that result makes the tie achieved on the first day (0-0) good. at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea to fight firmly in his intention to overcome this phase of the Champions League.
On the return to their stadium in Europe, eight months after Sevilla-Cluj on February 20 in the Europa League that ended up winning in August, Sevilla received a debutant in the Champions League who arrived with the losses of their heavyweights in the midfield, the young Galactic star Camavinga due to injury and the former Sevilla player Nzonzi due to suspension.
With the news of the return of the central Jules Koundé after overcoming Covid-19 and with the Argentine Ocampos, the Dutch De Jong and Munir at the top, Julen Lopetegui’s team came out very strong, for their first victory in this competition, the same challenge who was chasing the team trained by Julien Stephan, third in the French League.
The Spanish team started with great enthusiasm, without speculating the least, they always dominated the game and won the center of the field to the decimated medullary line of Rennes, in which Bourigeaud, the ex-Bette Jonas Martin and Grenier could not cope with the rush of a very intense, deep and vertical Seville.
Thus, the sevillistas, far superior, had good goal options in a first half that was practically a local monologue, with up to three early warnings in a shot from afar by Lucas Ocampos, a poisoned center from the fireproof Jesús Navas and a volley that Munir hit the crossbar in the 6th minute.
Far from despairing, the Andalusians continued with their siege of the Gallic goal and, with Óliver Torres -substitute in the eleven of the Croatian Rakitic-, the Brazilian Fernando and Joan Jordán commanding in the middle, they forced Rennes to fight in defense. In fact, the Bretons only hung up a foul, plus a shy shot from Martin Terrier at 33.
With a very high pace and ten corners in favor, the team from the Nervión neighborhood only lacked what decides the matches: the goal. He touched it quite a few times, as in a header from the Brazilian Diego Carlos that was deflected by the busy Alfred Gomis; in a hand in hand with Ocampos that the Italian goal of Rennes solved; or in a Koundé shot.
The clearest was the young Sevilla central defender, who headed on goal in the 29th minute, but his intentional shot was taken “in extremis” under the sticks by midfielder Benjamin Borigeaud.
In the resumption he followed the same script, with Sevilla bossy and in search of a goal that, after countless attempts, arrived in the 10th minute with a magnificent header by Argentine Marcos Acuña from the left.
It was the reward for such persistence and dominance. In addition, he did not stop in search of the 2-0 that would give him peace of mind before a timid Rennes, unable to generate danger against Lopetegui’s team, which again disturbed Gomis in a heads-up that the incisive Munir sent high, although the action was invalidated for offside.
To make matters worse, the Breton team had lost the experienced Bourigeaud due to injury at the beginning of the second half, who was relieved by Lea Siliki, a setback that joined the one already suffered about the first quarter of an hour of the crash when the Italian defender retired injured. Daniele Rugani, replaced by the Moroccan Aguerd.
Even so, Rennes, overwhelmed by the clear superiority of a very solvent Sevilla, which hardly suffered and was a gale in attack, showed a very poor offensive baggage, with which, except for a foul thrown by Grenier that forced the Moroccan goal to work Bono at 70 minutes, the chances continued to fall on the local side.
De Jong returned to touch the goal in a header from a free kick by Jordán, but Gomis stood out with a save, as did Ocampos in a shot also with the head to the center of Navas, in a powerful launch by Jordán to the crossbar or in a high shot from Munir, but the lack of skill prevented Sevilla from achieving what would have been a more than deserved wider scoreboard.