Sevilla FC vs. Krasnodar – Match Report – November 4, 2020

Sevilla FC vs.  Krasnodar - Match Report - November 4, 2020

(EFE) – The Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri entered the second half to achieve two goals that gave Sevilla an epic victory against Russian Krasnodar 3-2, a rival that soon got a surprising 0-2 and that He played the entire second period in numerical superiority due to the expulsion of Jesús Navas, but the faith of the Spanish team never fell, which translated into three new points and take an important step in the search for the knockout stages of the Champions League .

The sevillista team found themselves in the first half with all kinds of adversities against an opponent who had done very little to get to twenty minutes with 0-2, although the desire and the insistence paid off, first in the first half with the 1-2 of the Croatian Iván Rakitic and later with the appearance of En-Nesyri.

Julen Lopetegui refreshed the team after the precedents in LaLiga were three consecutive defeats and that this could be attributed to the tight and demanding schedule.

Regular headlines such as Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bono, Argentine full-back Marcos Acuña, Brazilian midfielder Fernando Reges or En-Nesyri himself stayed on the bench, but the eleven mounted kept heavy weights like the central pair formed by French Jules Koundé and the Brazilian Diego Carlos, Jesús Navas or the Argentine Lucas Ocampos.

Krasnodar also came to Sánchez Pizjuán depressed due to the bad start to this season and also presented with significant casualties due to injuries and also due to Covid-19, but he could not have a better start, because after a very good attempt by Ocampos to which Goalkeeper Matvei Saphonov also responded very well, everything turned in his favor.

At nine minutes, the German referee Felix Brych reconsidered, alerted by the VAR, a penalty that he pointed out due to the lack of the young Shapí Suleymanov to Joan Jordán and then Jordan himself wasted another clear to make it 1-0.

In the first approach of Murad Musáev’s team to the goal of this Wednesday titleholder Tomas Vaclík, Koundé was missing on the edge of the area and the direct free kick was launched perfectly by Suleymanov without the Czech goalkeeper being able to prevent the goal.

The 0-1 came at seventeen minutes and without time for the Seville formation to assimilate the blow, they had to fit another, because the referee, again warned by the VAR, signaled Koundé’s penalty to Marcus Berg and the Swedish striker himself transformed it .

A little more than twenty minutes had passed and Sevilla got a surprise 0-2, which made Lopetegui move chips when he saw a team knocked out and a rival grown in their morale, well placed in defense and with a lot of physicality. in the center of the field.

The Gipuzkoan coach brought Óscar Rodríguez and Argentine Marcos Acuña into the field for Koundé and Sergio Escudero, respectively, and this woke up the local team, who saw how before the break Rakitic shortened the disadvantage with a good header to the center of Jordán.

But it did not seem that it was the night of the local team, since in the extension of the first half, and with a team turned to the draw, a Krasnodar against stopped in the absence of Jesús Navas on the Swede Kristoffer Olsson and this motivated the expulsion of the Sevilla captain.

A 1-2 at halftime and a Sevilla with one less footballer for the comeback attempt in the second half, in the Lopetegui he risked with a three-man defense and a team that went on the attack against a well-sheltered Krasnodar but without giving up take advantage of the holes left by his rival.

In this dynamic, the Spanish formation had chances for the new tie, as in a shot by Rakitic after the hour of the game that found the ball repelled by the crossbar, but it was En-Nesyri, after a failure of the Brazilian Kaio Pantaleao, the who made it.

En-Nesyri himself, very shortly after, in the 72nd minute, became the protagonist and also made it 3-2, which gave a radical change to the game when he entered the last quarter of an hour, because the Russian team Now, yes, he shamelessly went on the attack to take advantage of his numerical superiority.

Lopetegui then made his debut as a Sevilla player to the Dutch central Karim Rekik, in the place of a striker, his compatriot Luuk de Jong, to reinforce that defense until then unguarded and before the desperate attack of Krasnodar, who could not with the waste of the local.

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