- 0-0 in Pizjuán. Narration and statistics
Sevilla went to the knockout stages of the Europa League, and that is the only thing that stands out after a stormy tie against a Cluj fighter, who was almost surprised at the Sánchez-Pizjuán. The 0-0 made good the goal of En-Nesyri in Romania and the Andalusian team will be in the hype on Friday.
Lopetegui had a good time against Getafe and wanted to continue the party against Cluj. He came to the after with the same players, with the exception of goalkeeper Vaclik, discarded at the last minute due to knee problems. Bono took his place, and shone when the rival siege shook the European hope of his own. Fernando, Jordán and Gudelj returned to occupy the center of the field. More heart than pause. More containment than magic. The Brazilian, released, invading rival area, the Spanish, without ties, relieving the ball to the bands, and the Serbian hinge between medullary and defense.
It was not a flat and the night soon declined. Machacon rhythm, strobe lights and garrafón attack. Ocampos disappeared, De Jong trying to decipher the cryptic centers of his companions and Suso fighting alone on one side. Cadiz was the only one who tried to dance beyond baldosita and dididadará, but did not award her choreography.
Messy and random
In the 25th minute, De Jong got rid of a rival defense pipe and yielded to Ocampos, who fired from the area without much conviction. The ball bounced off Fernando and left the field touching Arlauskis right-handed stick. The nervous attacks were like that, messy and random. Many people doing many things, without melody or order, with a well-wrapped Romanian ensemble, seeing them coming, without risks or cracks. Koundé was encouraged after a good control in the area, but the Lithuanian goalkeeper stopped his shot. The minutes passed and the goal of the host did not arrive. Petrescu saw the window open, and entered.
The last minutes of the first half were a siege against the Andalusian goal. Bonus stopped two. The first one, of palmeo, after good distant shot of Djokovic. The second responded to a left-footed shot from Paun, satin and glued to the left stick. The Moroccan goalkeeper deflected to corner. A corner kick that almost ends in drama. Boli's imperial header, unmarked, came inches away from the catastrophe.
The break did not change the scenario. The Cluj groaned against a musty, wobbly Seville. Banega entered to illuminate the midfield, and Sevilla generated some more danger. All opaque attacks, with launches that were diluted between a sea of legs. Lopetegui's team attacks how children attack at recess. To the noise. Whatever comes out.
The wild card of enthusiasm
The melancholic centers of Navas, the ashen slopes of Ocampos, some distant shot of Reguilón. Nothing that a disciplined team cannot contain. Suso, injured, left his post to Nolito and Navas allowed the entry of En-Nesyri. Fifteen minutes to play. Deac and Traoré more and more insolent above, Djokovic and Bordeianu showing their teeth in the central circle and the motley football of Seville, which had only the wild card of enthusiasm.
Defend a zero to zero at home, in that were those of Lopetegui when the meeting was already pale. Doubts again prowling the Gipuzkoan technician, like sharks that anchor the coast. And the bite came. Traoré took the ball, Paun fired hard and Bono failed with a crash. Goal. Elimination. Tragedy.
Only the VAR, who warned that the Costa Rican striker helped himself with his hand to recover the ball, dispelled the phantasmagoria looming over Pizjuán. The pass to eighths will serve to make up a tie-winged tie, with a Sevilla that could not dominate a worthy rival, who after the good game in Getafe, returns to the path of bitterness and warmth.
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