Sevilla FC opened the trilogy that measures Athletic Club three times in six days with an unappealable triumph in San Mamés, by 1-3, which left practically sentenced the knockout round of the Copa del Rey football, which will close next Wednesday at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Manuel Agudo 'Nolito' quickly put Sevilla ahead in the 6th minute, after receiving a great pass from Franco 'Mudo' Vázquez; Mikel San Jose tied the match at the start of the second half, in the 49th, a corner kick taken by Markel Susaeta; André Silva overtook his team again four minutes later, taking advantage of a good pass by Nolito in the 53rd minute; and Ben Yedder closed the marker on 77 with a great shot from the front.
A 1-3 that will be very difficult to come back next week for an Athletic more focused on leaving the area below the table in the league, where Monday's victory in Vigo took him out of relegation places.
Sevilla was very superior and made clear the different situation in which both teams are.
The clash, for the rest, left another controversial decision of the VAR. The annulment of a goal to Aritz Aduriz by an action much earlier than the one that served to mark the goal that would have resulted in a goal before the break.
A first double action without too much danger from the debutant as starter Guruzeta was the first highlight of a clash that quickly led to his favor Sevilla, who scored two goals in the 6th minute.
The first, Roque Mesa, was canceled due to lack of Nolito to Unai Simón in a dispute in the action prior to the auction of the canary, but the second, of Nolito himself, did rise to the scoreboard.
Both arrived after errors of Unai Núñez in the punt before André Silva and in the second Franco 'The Mute' Vázquez enabled the Cádiz player on the back of Ander Capa before the forward today crossed the shot to overcome Unai Simón.
It was a blow for Athletic, and almost for the game, that first goal, that Sevilla took advantage to take control of the situation.
The locals tried the equalizer, but Capa and Susaeta were very thick in three plays that ended up making a mistake in the decision.
The one that was not wrong was Aduriz, who scored the one that seemed the goal of the tie coming to rest. And he did it by injuring himself in the auction. But the goal was canceled after reviewing the VAR for an offside at the start of a play that had several rejections before the international striker took advantage of a clearance by Juan Soriano in the presence of Nunez.
A Chilean from Muniain, who left next to the stick, opened a second half moved and with a frantic start and goalscorer.
San Jose put the 1-1 ahead of the visiting defense in a corner launched by Susaeta on the left side of the local attack.
And almost immediately Andre Silva returned the advantage to his team starting between the centers after receiving Nolito and surpassing Unai Simón with solvency.
In a shot that did not hook Susaeta well inside the area, the hopes of going to Sanchez Pizjuan went to Athletic with options of comeback, as Sevilla continued to attack and scored the 1-3 after an error of San Jose which ended up taking Ben Yedder match with a great shot from the front.
Little more happened from then on that was not insistence without greater danger of the 'lions' and threat of Seville in each play of counterattack.
1 – Athletic: Unai Simón; Capa, Yeray, Unai Núñez, Balenziaga; Susaeta (De Marcos, m.78), Iturraspe, San José, Córdoba (Williams, m.66); Guruzeta and Aduriz (Muniain, m.42).
3 – Seville: Juan Soriano; Mercado, Kjaer, Carriço; Promes, Roque Mesa (Banega, m.55), Amadou, Franco Vazquez (Sarabia, m.76)), Arana; Nolito and André Silva (Ben Yedder, m.68).
Goals: 0-1, m.6: Nolito. 1-1, m.49: San José. 1-2, m.53: André Silva. 1-3, m.77: Ben Yedder.
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Madrileño Committee). He showed yellow cards to local San Jose (m.36), and to visitors Roque Mesa (m.37), Vázquez (m.61).
Incidents: First round match of the Copa del Rey, played in San Mamés before 33,847 spectators, according to official data.