The Real society and the Seville They tied without goals in a match in which the excessive respect they professed resulted in a quality game but with hardly any scoring chances, except for the penalty missed by Mikel Oyarzabal, which could have changed the sign of a nice shock in the first period and heavy in the second (0-0).
Two teams that make offensive football their main bet and that last season seconded the three big budgets of LaLiga as fourth and fifth classified, allowed to predict a vibrant and uncompromising match, an anticipation that was fulfilled when Mateu Lahoz gave the initial whistle, with both looking for the opposite goal and the Norwegian Sorloth and Erik Lamela generating the first concerns to the rival.
The chances of scoring did not abound because Sevilla and Real are very solid in defense and, curiously, the biggest scare for the locals came in an error by Merino when playing the ball with Remiro inside the txuri urdin area, frivolity settled without major costs for the whole of Imanol Alguacil.
Everything could change midway through the first half when Sevilla did not defend well a play in their area with Sorloth as the protagonist, the ball touched the hand of Diego Carlos, the referee had to go to the VAR review and awarded a penalty, which, against the odds, Mikel Oyarzabal failed.
Lopetegui was not satisfied with what he saw and moved the bench at the beginning of the second half, removing Rakitic and Lamela to look for a mordant that his team had lacked in the first 45 minutes.
However, the Real was still very well established and did not let the Andalusians approach Remiro’s goal with danger, despite the fact that the sevillistas took a step forward with the changes.
Oyarzabal, by surprise, would also be substituted in the blue and white team and thus, without his two top scorers (Isak had been injured before), Real faced the last third of the match in whiche seemed to give ground in favor of a Seville that was beginning to go for the game but with the handicap of not generating dangerous chances so far.
Sevilla tried to stretch in the final stretch seeing that Real was tired and accepted a draw that was about to escape the txuri urdin team when five minutes from the end a gallop by Rafa Mir led to the greatest danger of the entire match, but it would be aborted by Remiro in his only compromised intervention.
0 – Real Sociedad: Remiro; Gorosabel (Zaldua, min. 74), Aritz, Le Normand, Muñoz; Zubimendi, Merino, Portu (Guevara, min. 74), Oyarzabal (Lobete, min. 57); Sorloth (Valera, min. 74) and Isak (Januzaj, min. 38).
0 – Seville: Bond; Navas, Diego Carlos, Koundé, Acuña; Fernando Reges, Delaney (Jordán, min. 60), Rakitic (Óscar, min. 46); Erik Lamela (Ócampos, min. 46), En-Nesyri (Rafa Mir min. 70) and Papu Ǵómez (Rekik, min. 84).
Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee). He admonished Muñoz, Januzaj, Rakitic, Óscar and Lamela.
Incidents: Match of the fifth day of LaLiga Santander. 23,757 spectators at the Reale Arena, 60% of the total capacity of the stadium, which was the limit allowed. Arraun Lagunak’s shirts, winners of the female La Concha Flag, did the honor roll.