Sevilla FC vs. Rayo Vallecano – Match Report – August 15, 2021


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Sevilla FC vs.  Rayo Vallecano - Match Report - August 15, 2021

(EFE) – Sevilla took the first three points of the season this Sunday with a resounding 3-0, with goals from Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri, from a penalty, and two from Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela, in his dream debut in the match played this Sunday at the Sánchez Pizjuán against Rayo Vallecano, which was burdened with the expulsion of its goalkeeper, the Frenchman Luca Zidane, at a quarter hour of play.

Luca had to go to the locker room for giving Moroccan winger Oussama Idrissi a penalty. That set motivated coach Andoni Iraola to take Stole Dimitrievski onto the field instead of Argentine striker Óscar Trejo, but the Macedonian goalkeeper, cold, could not do anything before En-Nesyri’s launch.

Already in the second half, Lamela, who had started after the break, scored the second ten minutes after the restart and finished off the result with another in 79, which sentenced the crash.

There was uncertainty to know the call made by the coach of Sevilla, Julen Lopetegui, for this first LaLiga match after the squad experienced an episode of covid-19 last week and, although the affected players were not reported, the Sevilla sports director, Ramón Rodríguez ‘Monchi’, said a few days ago that for this reason there would be some casualties.

Yes, the French central Jules Koundé was in the ‘eleven’, of whom it is said that there is interest from European teams for his services, and also the Brazilian central Diego Carlos, this one without vacation after being proclaimed Olympic champion in Tokyo 2020, but they were neither Others called up such as the Moroccan goal Yassine Bono, the Argentine Lucas Ocampos, the Croatian Iván Rakitic, Suso Fernández or Óliver Torres.

At Rayo, on his return to the top flight, his coach, Andoni Iraola, left Montenegrin center-back Esteban Saveljich out of the starting team, who was recovering from a sprained ankle in his left foot, but the big problem reached the quarter of hour, when the French goal Luca Zidane saw the direct red for giving a penalty to the Moroccan winger Oussama Idrissi.

The set motivated Iraola to take goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski onto the field instead of Argentine striker Óscar Trejo, but the Macedonian goalkeeper, cold, could not do anything before the Moroccan Youssef En-Nesyri’s penalty shot, who made it 1-0 at nineteen minutes.

Everything prepared by the Madrid team fell apart with the scoreboard at a disadvantage and one less player against Sevilla who wanted to control the situation with the ball in their possession and with the intention of playing it as far from the goal as defended by Serbian Marko Dmitrovic, who debuted in an official match with the Seville team before the loss of Bono.

Despite this, Rayo had no complexes in attacking quickly when he took the ball against a too passive opponent, with which the game ended in the first half with a 1-0 that left it open for the second half, in the one that Lopetegui gave entry from the beginning to Lamela, another of the reinforcements and with little training under the orders of the Basque coach.

It was precisely Lamela who could not better thank the coach’s confidence and ten minutes after the restart he made it 2-0, but with the collaboration of Rayista Alejandro Catena, in which he bounced the ball to change the trajectory and mislead Dimitrievski.

The second Sevilla goal was already a lot of weight on the back of the visiting team, fatigued by the physical exhaustion of playing with one less and also by the heat that was suffered on the lawn of the Nervión stadium, with which Lamela’s second came after a counter in which En-Nesyri gave him the ball, a 3-0 with which the game was finished.


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