(EFE) – Sevilla, with goals from Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri in the first half and Rafa Mir in the second, when he was already playing with ten players due to the expulsion of Danish Thomas Delaney in the 65th minute, beat Espanyol 2-0 in Sánchez-Pizjuán, where the visiting team squeezed in the second half but without clarity or effectiveness, quite the opposite of the local formation.
En-Nesyri, at thirteen minutes, made it 1-0 after a serve from Jesús Navas from the right, but then in the second the Andalusians had to fight to keep the score at a disadvantage, although they even increased it with Rafa’s goal. Mir, his second as a Sevilla player, which makes two wins in a row accumulate and the team is placed in the can area of the table and with the game pending against Barcelona.
Espanyol returned to Seville six days after a draw (2-2) started in the Betis field in the extension of the match and last Wednesday at home against Alavés (1-0), the first victory of the course on the sixth day of the tournament.
With that good inertia, the team that coaches the Valencian Vicente Moreno was planted in the Sánchez-Pizjuán, in which, due to the continuation of the games, he made some changes and counted from the beginning with the Chinese forward Wu Lei and three ex-Sevilla players , goalkeeper Diego López, center-back Sergi Gómez and right-back Aleix Vidal, the latter after overcoming a strong blow he suffered in a tibia against Betis and for which he needed fifteen stitches.
They were received by the team coached by Julen Lopetegui, who had won on Wednesday in this same scenario at Valencia (3-1) and who sought to repeat the triumph before the game that will be played next Wednesday in Germany against Wolfsburg on the second day of the League. of Champions.
The Gipuzkoan coach also made changes in his eleven to distribute minutes and give players rest and, among the novelties, he started with the right winger Suso Fernández, who was not called up last day due to physical problems.
The Barcelona team did not wrinkle against the Spaniard, who, under pressure from the rival, tried with direct play between the lines when he could not do it in combinations of the ball, with which the proposals of both had high first shots from Raúl by Tomás and later by Argentinian Lucas Ocampos.
It was a play because Joan Jordán started, Suso continued with a transfer to the right to Jesús Navas and center of him to the area so that En-Nesyri, who will not be able to play the next ‘Champions’ game due to suspension, will not forgive in the mouth on goal and scored his third goal of the season.
It did not take long for the visiting team to show that they were not giving up and Sergi Darder, a few minutes later, shot from afar hard for the Moroccan goal Yassine Bono to put in a good hand and deflect for a corner.
More dangerous was the action of Raúl de Tomás after twenty-five minutes, who beat Bono bypass after a fast and very long service from his goal goal Diego López, although the play was canceled for offside after consultation with the VAR.
Before the break, Ocampos, who responded well, Diego López stopped, and Suso had good options to put the second for Sevilla, but he went to the second half with En-Nesyri’s goal that left him open.
At the restart, Belgian forward Landry Dimata came in for Fran Mérida, a purely offensive change in search of that goal to balance the score, and in the 51st minute, Uruguayan center-back Leandro Cabrera had a chance at the exit from a corner.
The visitors began this period with a better tone than the opponent, with more control of the ball, so Lopetegui soon brought in Argentine Erik Lamela and Brazilian Fernando Reges to look for that lost midfield.
But Sevilla suffered an unexpected setback in the 65th minute, when Delaney was sent off for two yellow cards followed by repeated protests, which left his team at a disadvantage with many minutes of play ahead.
That circumstance forced the locals to retreat in front of a visitor formation that accumulated many footballers in the attack, among them Loren Morón, a forward loaned this campaign by Betis to the parakeet.
Espanyol’s attempts, however, were frozen when Sevilla did take advantage of one of their attacks so that two of those who came out in the second half, the Dutchman Karim Rekik and Rafa Mir, made the move that definitively closed the game in the minute 87.