- The team from Seville prevailed in the first leg of the round of 16 in a match in which Bono kept Lopetegui’s men on their feet and Ocampos was able to extend the lead
Seville will defend the slight advantage that a goal from Munir gives them in the round of 16 tie against West Ham on their way to their seventh Europa League title, their favorite competition and whose final will also be played at the Sánchez Pizjuán, the stage in The one who defeated a tough and physical rival who put Lopetegui’s men in trouble, who stayed on their feet thanks to several interventions by their goalkeeper Bono.
The Andalusian team competed well against the sixth-placed team in the Premier League and deserved a better result, despite the fact that, already plagued by injuries with up to five casualties plus Delaney’s due to suspension, they were left without Rakitic in the warm-up. The Croatian was replaced by Munir in the starting eleven and this forced Lopetegui to change the drawing, since not without the Dane or Fernando or Papu Gómez, he did not have more midfielders available, since Gudelj had to play defense to cover the casualties by Diego Carlos and Rekik.
Lopetegui’s team started the clash trying to impose their rhythm and reaching Areola’s goal, although timidly in the shots, while West Ham did scare in their arrivals. Bono had to intervene twice before the break to prevent his team from starting the match in tow on the scoreboard, both with Vlasic as the protagonist, once in the 11th minute in a plate shot and another in a shot adjusted to the post that the Moroccan He grazed to deflect it to a corner.
In attack, Sevilla offered little against a withdrawn West Ham, a shot from Munir that went wide and a couple of headers from En-Nesyri that did not carry much danger.
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But in the second half Sevilla came out more willing, although before getting really close to Areola’s goal, Bono had to respond again to a hard shot from Soucek. It was at game time when a rehearsed free kick fell to Munir, who soon put the locals ahead, who sought the second goal against a West Ham team that was running out of steam and fouling up the game. Tecatito, after a personal move, was close to 2-0 and Ocampos came close to seeing the door twice.
Finally, Sevilla will defend a short rent in London, but rent after all against a good team.