There is still a significant distance between a good team like PSV and one like Sevilla. The Andalusians are not going through their best moment, without a doubt. They have, however, qualities that make them still competitive against rivals like the Dutchman, with an acceptable game, but very tender. Sevilla, therefore, reminded one of the great European nights to play a great game and dismast PSV by dusting off their old manual. A book that describes a style based on intensity, speed and efficiency. Qualities that were observed, especially, in a great Ocampos, decisive in the first section of the second half with a great goal and an assist from Gudelj’s heel. This is how Sevilla produced the second and third goals of a victory that brings them very close to the round of 16 of the Europa League, their competition, which they have won six times, more than anyone else. PSV, who started out dominating, had a good review and will have a very difficult time in the second leg next Thursday.
Bono, Loic Bade (Fernando, min. 16), Gudelj, Nianzou Tanguy Kouassi, Marcos Acuna (Montiel, min. 70), Joan Jordan, Jesus Navas, Rakitic, Oliver Torres (Lamela, min. 70), En-Nesyri ( Suso, min. 62) and Bryan Gil Salvatierra (Lucas Ocampos, min. 45)
Walter Benitez, van Aanholt (Mauro Junior, min. 74), A. Ramalho (Armando Obispo, min. 90), Jordan Teze, Jarrad Branthwaite, Ibrahima Sangare, Joey Veerman, Guus Til (T. Hazard, min. 62), Ismael Saibari, Xavi Simons and Luuk de Jong (Fabio Silva, min. 62)
goals 1-0 min. 46: En-Nesyri. 2-0 min. 49: Lucas Ocampos. 3-0 min. 54: Gudelj.
Referee Radu Marian Petrescu
Yellow cards Gudelj (min. 58) and Lamela (min. 89)
Sevilla retain traces of their former greatness to survive the start of a game completely dominated by the Dutch. Van Nistelrooy’s PSV on the bench is tender, too. That is why he was unable to beat Bono in the first half hour in which he dominated at will, although without punch.
Sevilla grew, curiously, after Bade’s injury. Fernando began to steal balls and on the right wing the connection between Oliver Torres and Navas was activated almost continuously. For this reason, after half an hour the game was different, dominated by Sevilla. The Andalusians were able to score from a free kick by Rakitic that went wide. Also in a shot from Nianzou that grazed the post. Until in full attack by Sevilla, Luuk De Jong lost a very innocent ball at the start from behind his team. Oliver Torres saw Navas, who has been giving that precise pass to the near post for the striker on duty since 2004. Name Kanoute, Luis Fabiano, Negredo, Bacca, Gameiro, Ben Yedder, Luuk De Jong himself or now En-Nesyri. The Moroccan striker, in great shape, scored the goal in the first half’s extra period. He already has 10 this year in all the competitions he has played. Sevilla, clearly from less to more, dominated a PSV that was more beautiful than truly good.
The start of the second half for Sevilla was explosive. PSV, naive, allowed Navas to quickly take a throw-in. Now it was Oliver Torres who put it in the area, where Ocampos made spectacular control to turn and hit a volley. A great goal that left the Dutch team very touched, unable to stop the barrage that came at them. Ocampos liked it again with a heel so that Gudelj scored the third with a strong shot inside the area.
PSV tried to rebuild after the storm. The truth is that he enjoyed some clear chance of scoring. Ramalho shot just wide and Veerman hit a ball off the post. Even in that, the face of this Sevilla has changed. Before, that shot from the Dutch midfielder would have ended in a goal. Now, the Andalusian team added their fifth consecutive victory at the Sanchez Pizjuan to continue dreaming in Europe. He will return to Eindhoven, where he won his first Europa League, with a huge lead.
“I needed a game like that. I was looking forward to scoring with our people and in front of my family. In the first goal I had the long ball, but I hit him with the stick and he went in. In the second I heard Nema (Gudelj) among so many people and I gave him a cue. He hit him very well, ”Ocampos said at the end of the game. “The tie is not resolved because in football anything can happen”, clarified the Argentine, joined Sevilla in the last winter market.
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