Sevilla drew goalless in Copenhagen to get a good feeling and start to grow after the ugly debut they had on the first day in their very tough Champions group. That 0-4 against Manchester City installed the crisis in Nervión and put Julen Lopetegui on the trigger, who, however, with his victory at the RCDE Stadium against Espanyol and the image of seriousness shown in Denmark calms the spirits and nerves against a possible decision on his continuity that was discussed at the club in a very tense week.
The tie is not the best result after not having added on the first day, but it is clear that their future in the tournament will be played by Sevilla against Borussia Dortmund, who fell in Manchester and with whom they will face each other in the next two matches, the first at the Sánchez Pizjuán.
Copenhagen: Ryan (2); Dicks (2), Kocholava (2), Vavro (3), Khristensen (3), Zeca (2), Falk (3) (Lerager, 79′,sc) Stamenic (2), Johannesson (2) (Sorensen, 87 ‘, sc), Daramy (3) (Mukairu, 73′, 2) Claesson (2).(Haraldsson, 79’, sc)
Coach: Jess Thorup (2)
Seville: Dmitrović (3); José Ángel Carmona (3), Gudelj (2), Kike Salas (2), Alex Telles (2); Fernando (2), Delaney (2) (Joan Jordán, 66′, 2), Rakitic (2) (Papu Gómez 66′, 2); Lamela (2) (Suso, 73′, 3), Isco (3) (Januzaj, 83′, sc); and En-Nesyri (2) (Dolberg, 73′, 2).
Coach: Julen Lopetegui (2).
Referee: Irfan Peljto (Bosnian). 3
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Sevilla dominated a strong rival in their stadium, by phases they locked them in their area, but they lacked depth and clarity in the final meters. To also add confidence, Lopetegui’s men closed their first game of the season without conceding a goal.
On the way out, the Basque coach again trusted his eleven in the two kids with whom he surprised against Espanyol, José Ángel Carmona and Kike Salas, again being the bigoleador in Cornellà who most encouraged the Andalusians’ attack, who came out with Dmitrovic instead of Bono in goal. It was a dominating start, with Isco pulling the strings and Carmona striking from the right, although Sevilla lacked the necessary calm to gain depth and arrival.
Carmona’s first arrival was at 7 minutes in an action that could have ended in a penalty at the hands of Khristensen, and then Rakitic had a high shot, but the clearest was En-Nesyri’s in the 23rd in a somewhat angled heads-up with the Danish goal in which he did not dare to finish off with his bad leg, the right. They were the best minutes for Sevilla, who after half an hour were losing ground to a technically limited Copenhagen but they push in their field and they are a very physical team. Khristensen took advantage of a defensive lack of coordination on Carmona’s flank to stand alone against Dmitrovic, but his frank shot went high.
Isco gave a lot of clarity to Sevilla’s game
It was the first warning from the locals, who with a frontal foul by Vavro that the Serbian goalkeeper stopped closed their list of chances before the break and almost for the entire match. Because in the second half, led by a great Isco, Sevilla intensified their dominance and stepped more on the rival field. Carmona had a good shot from a corner and a loose shot from the player from Malaga was another good opportunity in the Andalusians’ best minutes, with an action in which Isco and Lamela almost got into the goal together with the ball. With the Danish Dolberg already on the field, Sevilla wanted to be more practical and look for the aerial ball and the second play, but above all to minimize risks in dangerous areas, something they achieved.
The point is not what Sevilla was looking for in Denmark, but it is a good start and, from the image offered, the verification that Lopetegui, after initial doubts, is beginning to assemble the block. Of course, the future in the Champions League will be played against Dortmund, curiously the executioner of him with Haaland two years ago.