Seville vs. Alavés – Match Report – November 20, 2021


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Seville vs.  Alavés - Match Report - November 20, 2021

(EFE) – Sevilla tied in the extension of the match that they played against Alavés with a goal from Croatian Iván Rakitic who put the final 2-2, although the Andalusian team did not prevent the Basque from causing the locals to lose their first points at home in what He is going into the season after playing six LaLiga games at Sánchez-Pizjuán.

A goal from Joselu Mato, from a penalty in the extension of the first half, put Alavés ahead (1-2) at half-time. The Argentine Lucas Ocampos, shortly before, had balanced for Sevilla the goal that Víctor Laguardia scored for Alavés in the first minutes, but in the second, in the 92nd minute, Rakitic achieved the tie in a match marked by the heavy ground playing due to rain.

The Andalusian team started the day with the possibility of climbing to the top of the standings while waiting for what the two teams that finished thirteenth ahead, Real Madrid, tied on points, and the leader, did on Sunday. the Royal Society, with one more.

Julen Lopetegui’s men also attended the event with a full five wins in LaLiga at the Sánchez-Pizjuán and this time they found a rival in full swing with ten points added from the last twelve disputed.

The locals had the already known casualties due to injury in the last games of two fundamental players, Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri and right-back Jesús Navas, and also other physically fit due to ailments such as Danish midfielder Thomas Delaney, the Argentine midfielders Erik Lamela and Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez or the extreme Suso Fernández.

With these circumstances the 0-1 came very soon, before the first five minutes were completed, by central Víctor Laguardia, heading out of a corner that had been forced by forward Joselu Mato, wanted by Sevilla a few months ago .

Javi Calleja’s team showed in those minutes that it did not want to lock up, but from then on it recoiled from the rival’s need to redouble its efforts to rebuild the situation, which Rafa Mir was able to do with a shot with his back turned to the frame that was very close to becoming a goal.

The game took place in this vein, which also gave the Basque team the opportunity to mount counterattacks that did damage again, as in one by Luis Rioja in which the ball came out tight to the right of Moroccan goal Yassine Bono.

The intentions of Alavés were clearer, well protected in defense and against a somewhat hasty Sevilla, but before the break Ocampos tied after a play that Oliver Torres and Argentine Gonzalo Montiel began.

Sevilla pressed for the comeback before the end of the first half, but it was Alavés who scored the second, Juanlu from a penalty in the extension after the referee, after consulting with the VAR, pointed it out by the hand of Ocampos when jumped into the barrier at the exit of a direct free.

The penalty was very close to being stopped by Bono, but the wetness of his gloves and the ball itself made it slip and the game went into the second half with a 1-2.

In the resumption, with the field flooded by the abundant rainwater, it was very difficult to braid plays, but Sevilla left with enthusiasm and as best they could due to the state of the grass for the tie, although Alavés also tried to take advantage of the local despair to put more land in between, as Édgar Méndez could do on a couple of occasions.

Lopetegui moved his bench and used up the five changes very soon, although in the case of Suso Fernández, who had left at the beginning of the second half after a loss due to injury, he had to leave his post at 68 minutes when he suffered from the ailment .

The game entered its last quarter of an hour of regulation time with the local team focused on the tie, which was at the feet of Ocampos, Rafa Mir or Rakitic, but it was the second chance for the Croatian that served for the 2-2 , although even Sevilla had another clear before the end that goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco thwarted by stopping the ball over the goal line.


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