(EFE) – Sevilla achieved a bittersweet draw against Salzburg (1-1) in their debut this season in the Champions League, in a match in which they held out with ten men for 45 minutes, after the expulsion of Moroccan Youssef En- Nesyri, in 50 and in which he had to overcome three penalties against.
In a clash with four maximum penalties in 30 minutes, the Austrians put a weak Sevilla defense behind in the first half and had three penalties, but they only took advantage of one by means of the Croatian Luka Sucic in 21 and two others missed, while that Ivan Rakitic equalized in the same way at the edge of the break for a Sevilla that, with one less, defended well in the restart, without giving up the attack.
At the Champions League premiere this season, two teams with different filming were measured, the sevillista more rested, but with less rhythm after 17 days without competing after the postponement of their League match against Barcelona; and the Austrian champion, unstoppable at this start, with a full 7 wins in his championship.
In the return of the fans to Sánchez-Pizjuán in the highest European competition -they could not attend last year due to the pandemic-, almost 3 and a half years after Sevilla saw how their team lost in April 2018 in the quarterfinals against Bayern Munich, Sevilla came out eager, but hasty.
With the Argentine Papu Gómez on the left and his compatriot Lucas Ocampos, unprecedented this campaign due to an already overcome injury, on the bench, the Spanish team began by triangulating the ball well, especially due to the Argentine Papu-Acuña connection on that side, although soon the Salzburg made clear its verticality in attack, with the dangerous young German forward Karim Adeyemi.
The maximum example of his speed and the weak defensiveness of Julen Lopetegui’s team came at 12 minutes. The Brazilian Diego Carlos knocked down Adeyemi and the referee whistled a penalty after intervening the VAR, although the German himself adjusted his shot too much and sent it off at the edge of the first quarter of an hour.
It was the first of the carousel of maximum penalties, up to four, in a strange first half and in which Salzburg created many problems for a Sevilla overcome by the powerful midfield of the Central Europeans and the speed of their points, although Papu could open the scoring, but raised the ball too high at the exit of the Swiss goal Kohn.
From there, the crash got a bit crazy, with up to three more penalties awarded. Of the four indicated – the first and the last with the help of the VAR – only two materialized. In the 21st, Croatian Luka Sucic made it 0-1 by converting a maximum penalty for an unnecessary push by Jesús Navas on Adeyemi.
Fifteen minutes later, in the 36th minute, the Moroccan goalkeeper Bono rolled over the young German in the area, a real nightmare for the ill-advised local defense, but this time Sucic shot to the opposite side of the goal and sent the ball to the left post.
With Salzburg controlling the game and generating more danger, however, the draw for the Spanish team came and, due to the antecedents in this clash, also from a penalty, of course. It was after a push from the former Sevilla central defender Max Wöber to the Moroccan En-Nesyri, who turned Croatian Ivan Rakitic into 1-1 on the edge of the break.
In the resumption, Lopetegui gave entry to the Ocampos winger and the Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney, through Suso and Jordán, but Sevilla did not finish carbureting and the Austrian team continued to disturb Bono, as in a shot at the first touch of the Slovenian Sesko, to pass from an Adeyemi now less incisive.
Although the Spanish team never lost their face to the game, Salzburg created problems for them and finally took control of the dominance at 5 minutes of this half, when En-Nesyri was sent off when he saw the second yellow for understanding the referee who simulated a penalty.
This forced Lopetegui to rearm his team and look for a new reference in attack, with the entry of Argentine Erik Lamela for Papu Gómez and striker Rafa Mir for Rakitic, which gave balance to a Sevilla that could even surprise the counter at Salzburg, now paradoxically with less depth despite having one more man.
Mir and Lamela, who held the ball well and always sought to be vertical to vent their team, but the centered shot of the first one stopped Kohn and the Argentine went out, they tried with two heads on the last quarter of an hour of play. after which Salzburg wanted to capitalize on its superiority in the final stretch, but without success, against a Seville that did not break down and could not pass the tie.
– Data sheet:
1 – Seville: Bonus; Jesús Navas (Montiel, m.87), Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Joan Jordán (Delaney, m.46); Suso (Ocampos, m.46), Rakitic (Rafa Mir, m.66), Papu Gómez (Lamela, m.58); En-Nesyri.
1 – Salzburg: Kohn; Kristensen, Solet, Wöber (Piatkowski, m.51), Ulmer; Sucic, Aaronson, Camara, Seiwald (Capaldo, m.79); Sesko (Adamu, m.67), Adeyemi (Okafor, m.79).
Goals: 0-1, M.21: Susic, from a penalty. 1-1, M.42: Rakitic, from a penalty.
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus). Sevillista En-Nesyri was sent off for a double yellow, who saw them in the 26th and 50th minutes, the last one because the referee understood that he had simulated a penalty. In addition, he admonished the locals Diego Carlos (m.13), Rakitic (m.65), Delaney (m.82) and Navas (m.84), and the visitors Seiwald (m.15), Capaldo (m.84 ), Camara (m.93) and Okafor (m.94).
Incidents: Match of the first day in group G of the Champions League, played at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium before some 26,000 spectators, 60% of its capacity, the maximum allowed by preventive measures against COVID-19. It rained heavily during some sections of the game.