A hat trick from Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri gave Sevilla a hard-fought victory over Real society (3-2), in a very intense game between two teams fighting to be among the best in LaLiga Santander, who showed their will but also defects in defense.
The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium crash, from the eighteenth day of La Santander League, ended this Saturday with the first half tied at two and goals that came in the first thirteen minutes. But in the second, the great protagonist, En-Nesyri, uneven again for Sevilla, that takes an important step against a direct rival.
An attractive match was planned between two teams fighting for the goal of being among the top four in the standings and for playing the upcoming campaign in the Champions League.
La Real appeared in the Andalusian capital as fifth classified, after the victory of Villarreal on Friday in Vigo (0-4), with three points more than its rival when the equator of the competition approaches, although Sevilla with two pending games postponed at the start of the tournament, of which next Tuesday it plans to recover one, in the field of Atlético de Madrid, another of the most powerful teams in the championship.
The Sevillistas’ coach, the Gipuzkoan and Real Julen Lopetegui trained, had what can be called his gala team, with the presence in the midfield of Brazilian Fernando Reges, who could not play due to suspension in the derby last day at Benito Villamarín against him Betis (1-1).
The coach of the San Sebastian team, Imanol Alguacil, still has losses in his staff due to injuries, such as those of important players like Nacho Monreal or David Silva, absences countered with the return of Adnan Januzaj or Asier Illarramendi, who returned after fifteen months out, although both waited for their opportunity on the bench.
Bailiff opted for his lead with Mikel Oyarzabal, Portuguese Cristian ‘Portu’ and Swedish Alex Isak, who has been alternating the position with the Brazilian Willian José, now in the spotlight for a possible exit movement in this winter market and who also waited in the substitution.
With these conditions, and on a splendid lawn on a sunny day after previous heavy rain, the electric game began, with four goals in the first thirteen minutes of two attacking teams that led to defensive failures.
Before the fourth minute, Moroccan striker Youssef En-Nesyri scored a serve from Fernando at pleasure, a minute later Brazilian center-back Diego Carlos unwittingly tied in own goal when trying to clear and shortly after it was again En-Nesyri in a great personal move who achieved his eleventh goal this season – seven in LaLiga and four in the Champions League.
The Moroccan goal was countered again, because this time at thirteen minutes he tied again for Real Isak.
That exchange of blows It seemed to suit the visiting team a little better, who saw the surprising and unusual defensive instability of the locals to press hard and stand in danger before the Moroccan goal Yassine Bono, although the locals did not give up looking at the door defended by Alex Remiro, as in one of En-Nesyri, who was very close to the triplet.
That third goal by the Moroccan striker did come later, before the first minute of the second half was completed when he was very attentive to a great play by the side of the Argentine winger Lucas Ocampos.
Sevilla went ahead again and the txuriurdin team finished against the current again, although now the difference was that Lopetegui’s men focused better on defense and let the minutes pass without the Alguacil team having the same fluidity in attack.
The 3-2, however, did not make anything clear and Real did not renounce anything either, and especially when Sevilla forgave their fourth against both and also lost their captain, Jesús Navas, through injury.
The set piece made the Andalusians suffer and with them the Basques had their chances to tie again, as in a shot by Mikel Merino who saved the Frenchman Jules Koundé under the sticks with his head, but Sevilla now controlled the game and time and took all three points.
– Data sheet:
3 – Seville: Bond; Jesús Navas (Aleix Vidal, m.69), Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Joan Jordán; Suso (Munir, m.84), Rakitic (Óscar Rodríguez, m.84), Ocampos (Franco Vázquez, 89); and En-Nesyri (De Jong, m.89).
2 – Real Sociedad: Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Sagnan (Le Normand, m.46), Aihen Muñoz; Zubimendi, Guridi (Barrenetxea, m.56), Merino; Portu (Januzaj, 78), Oyarzabal (Roberto López, m.78) and Isak.
Goals: 1-0, M.04: En-Nesyri. 1-1, M.05: Diego Carlos, own goal. 2-1, M.07: En-Nesyri. 2-2, M.13: Isak. 3-2, M.46: En-Nesyri.
Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas (Spanish-Manchego Committee). He admonished the visitors Aihen Muñoz (m.33), Sagnan (m.39) and Guridi (m.43).
Incidents: Match of the eighteenth round of LaLiga Santander played at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. No public due to the sanitary protocol.