Sevilla wastes a golden opportunity against PSV | Soccer | Sports

Sevilla missed a great opportunity in Holland to achieve their first victory in this Champions League. The final tie was the fairest result as the culmination of a dull match in the first half and a frenetic one in the second half. A clash also marked by the refereeing of Daniele Orsato, who annulled a goal against Sevilla and called a debatable penalty by Sergio Ramos on Tillman with the score 0-1. The Andalusian team had the victory in their hands because they were able to make it 1-2 just after De Jong made it 1-1 from a penalty. However, Sergio Ramos, who had a great game, made a foul on the wing that led to PSV’s final equalizer in the last breath.



Walter Benitez, A. Ramalho (Armel Kotchap, 81 mins), Oliver Boscagli (Ricardo Pepi, 82 mins), Jordan Teze, Sergino Dest, Malik Tillman, Jerdy Schouten, Joey Veerman (Ismael Saibari, 70 mins), Luke de Jong, Johan Bakayoko (Hirving Lozano, 70 mins) and Noah Lang



Ørjan Haskjold Nyland, Sergio Ramos, Adria Pedrosa (Marcos Acuna, 72nd minute), Gudelj, Jesus Navas (Juanlu Sanchez, 72nd minute), Rakitic, Fernando (Djibril Sow, 66th minute), Suso (Oliver Torres, min. 65), Lucas Ocampos (Loic Bade, min. 86), Lukebakio and En-Nesyri

Goals 0-1 min. 67: Gudelj. 1-1 min. 85: Luuk de Jong. 1-2 min. 86: En-Nesyri. 2-2 min. 95: Jordan Tese.

Referee Daniele Orsato

Yellow cards Joey Veerman (min. 26), Jesús Navas (min. 35), Hirving Lozano (min. 90), Loic Bade (min. 96) and Luuk de Jong (min. 97)

With Lens’ surprising victory against Arsenal (2-1), the group is very even. Sevilla lost a golden opportunity to get the three points because they did not take care of the small details when they led 1-2 in the 87th minute. Throughout the match, in which many things happened, PSV surpassed them in many phases, with a player like Lang offering a fantastic level. The group, however, now offers qualification options to all teams involved.

Sevilla’s game was very poor. Just five minutes of authority gave way to a fearful team, surpassed by the intensity of the young PSV players, much more intense and with more energy than the Andalusian team. The game that Mendilibar had in mind, a robbery and a counterattack, was never staged. And a lot had to do with the composition of a very veteran eleven supported at the axis by Fernando and Rakitic. The Seville team was the second oldest in the entire history of the Champions League with four players over 35 years old: Navas, Ramos, Fernando and Rakitic.

Sevilla was, therefore, a toy in the hands of PSV. A team with limitations to fight in the noble zone of the Champions League, but with arguments that were barely answered by this bland Sevilla. Two fast wingers, like Bakayoko and Lang, did not stop putting balls into the area in search of Luuk de Jong. A plan that the Andalusian team knew perfectly. At least, both Sergio Ramos and Gudelj were forceful in defense so that PSV’s multiple approaches did not result in a goal. In attack, Mendilibar’s men were a disaster in a fairly discreet first half. Only Lukebakio, after a theft of the ball by Fernando, shot with some danger in the 39th minute. Very little for Sevilla, subjected to the intensity of PSV, the leader of the Dutch League.

Sevilla had a little more bite at the beginning of the second half. Even Pedrosa scored and the VAR annulled the goal due to a previous handball in a more than debatable action. The pace became frenetic and the two teams entered into a fun exchange of blows. En-Nesyri hit the crossbar and Nyland made several worthy saves against the disturbing Lang, who even sent a ball to the post of Sevilla’s goal.

The Andalusian team scored through Gudelj after a great drop shot by Sergio Ramos. De Jong tied after a questionable penalty from the defender and Sevilla still took the lead on the scoreboard with a great pass from Juanlu that En-Nesyri finished off. With the score at 1-1, Peter Bosz, PSV coach, had removed his two centre-backs. In the midst of the local harassment, Ramos made a foul on the wing and Teze equalized in the last breath. Sevilla, who could have lost and also won, had to settle for a bittersweet draw.

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