Sevilla saves a point against an effective Celta

The Seville and the Celtic tied two in a match with a time for each one, a lesser prize for the sevillistas in their fight to fight for the League title against Real Madrid, although they saved a point as a result of his great reaction, led by the Argentine Alejandro 'Papu' Gómez against an effective team from Vigo.

The Celtics, very effective in the first half, did not know how to keep their income, after going to the break with a 0-2 thanks to the goals of the Argentine Franco Cervi and Iago Aspas, as Sevilla pressed after the restart, equalized through the Papu Gomez and Oliver Torres, in the 71st and 74th minutes, and could even win, but the midfielder from Extremadura headed a ball against the post with 9 remaining.

Two teams with clear objectives were measured: Sevilla, to remain firm in the wake of the leader, Real Madrid; and Celta, take a step forward to enter the fight for Europe, with up to nine casualties in the sevillistas, plus that of their coach, Julen Lopetegui, with symptoms of Covid-19, and his second, Pablo Sanz, on the bench.

In the debut of the Mexican Tecatito Corona as a starter, with a changed leg on the left and the most incisive of the Sevillans in the first half, and with the return of the Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic, the Andalusian team tried to gain control early on, although everything turned from the beginning in a round trip match.

The Nervionenses took the initiative, but without any success against a solid and reliable Celta, in which the Argentinian Chacho Coudet opted for the same eleven that beat Osasuna 2-0. In addition, with the mobility of Brais Méndez, Cervi or Iago Aspas they created problems for Sevilla, less deep and clairvoyant than other times.

Aspas warned soon in an action on the right and Tecatito replied in the first quarter of an hour with another personal that the Argentine Matías Dituro aborted, but Sevilla's possession of the ball was misleading against a very effective Celta and that took advantage of two defensive errors by the rival, by Acuña and Ocampos, to get ahead.

After a shot by the Argentine Lucas Ocampos with a clearance by his compatriot Dituro that the also Argentine Acuña failed to send between the three posts, the sky-blue team took advantage of their quality up front to achieve a two-goal lead in just three minutes, by scoring in the 37th Franco Cervi, after rejecting Dmitrovic a shot from Mina, and Aspas in the 40th from the edge of the field, to a pass from Brais Méndez.

After the break, Sevilla moved the tree with a triple change upon entering Óliver Torres, the Argentine Papu Gómez and the young Iván Romero for Rakitic, Fernando and a missing Rafa Mir, and then Gudelj for a Tecatito who gave it his all and ended up exhausted, and in the end the youth squad Luismi Cruz for Jordán.

The sevillistas went out to open grave to reduce their disadvantage and, with the push especially of Papu Gómez aided by Ocampos and a very in tune Óliver Torres, they were winning the game against an irregular Celta, although he was able to extend his rent 12 minutes into the second half, but a providential crossing by Diego Carlos prevented Cervi from facing Dmitrovic alone.

From then on, Sevilla pressed everything they could and the changes made by Pablo Sanz, substitute for Lopetegui, soon bore fruit, shorten distances Papu Gómez with a great goal at 71 minutes, after a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that slipped close to Dituro's squad.

Three minutes later, a center from the left by Papu Gómez, the real shock for Sevilla, Óliver Torres finished it off, also very active since his departure after the break, to make it 2-2, and even the man from Extremadura was able to give his team a victory that he sought in a persistent way with 9 remaining, but his header crashed into a post. In the end, 2-2 as a reward for the effort of each other.

Data sheet:

2 - Seville: Dmitrov; Montiel, Diego Carlos, Rekik, Acuna; Jordán (Luismi Cruz, m.90), Fernando (Papu Gómez, m.46), Rakitic (Óliver Torres, m.46); Ocampos, Rafa Mir (Iván Romero, m.46), Tecatito Corona (Gudelj, m.71).

2 - Celtic: diture; Hugo Mallo, Aidoo (Murillo, m.64), Araújo, Javi Galán; Fran Beltran; Brais Méndez (Solari, m.77), Denis Suárez (Tapia, m.64), Cervi (Nolito, m.64); Santi Mina (Galhardo, m.82) and Aspas.

Goals: 0-1, M.37: Cervi. 0-2, M.40: Iago Aspas. 1-2, M.71: Papu Gomez. 2-2, M.74: Oliver Torres.

Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (C. Murciano). He admonished the local Gudelj (m.83) and the visitors Cervi (m.23), Denis Suárez (m.31), Tapia (m.66) and Murillo (m.77).

Incidents: Match of the twenty-second day of LaLiga Santander, played at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium before 30,059 spectators. His second coach, Pablo Sanz, directed Sevilla from the wing, having symptoms of Covid-19 Julen Lopetegui.

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