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Athletic forgives the life of Sampaoli’s Sevilla and Almeria smiles again at the expense of Rayo

Sevilla’s central defender Tanguy Nianzou and Athletic Club’s striker Inaki Williams fight for a ball during Sevilla – Athletic – Joaquin Corchero / AFP7 / Europa Press

Sevilla debuted Jorge Sampaoli’s second stage in a very complicated match at the Sanchez-Pizjuan where Athletic forgave many clear chances, although the locals were also able to win (1-1), while Almeria opened on Saturday by cutting their streak negative after winning (3-1) against Rayo Vallecano.

Those of Sampaoli showed some green shoots, especially in the first minutes, but since Athletic Club entered the game, Sevilla returned to look like the other days, and ended up keeping a point due to the large number of chances missed by the Basques .

Oliver Torres put Sevilla ahead after four minutes, on the first attacking move of the afternoon, sending Kasper Dolberg’s dropshot into the back of the net from very close range. He was able to extend his advantage over the local team with a shot from ‘Papu’ Gomez shortly after, but he did not succeed and the team from Seville lost weight little by little.

Athletic requested a possible penalty from Dmitrovic on Berenguer, which the referee did not consider due to a tight offside. The Basques, who shot 21 times in total, did not equalize until the 73rd minute, when Mikel Vesga matched a poor clearance by Gudelj to score a great goal with a shot that hit the post.

Shortly after, Inaki Williams headed in practically alone in the small area, sending it over the top, and Ernesto Valverde’s men had another couple of messy plays inside the area that did not end inside.

Already in discount, Sevilla could even win the game in a new controversial move. In one against the locals, Ander Herrera knocked down Erik Lamela at the edge of the area when the Argentine was about to send a rebound into the back of the net. After reviewing it in the VAR, Gil Manzano determined that it was a foul outside the area and sent off the Athletic midfielder.

Lamela himself crashed the free kick into the barrier, and at the exit of the corner kick Sevilla had a dangerous chance that practically ended in a triple shot that did not reach the goal. In the end, they shared the points in a result that does not serve either of them, since Athletic loses rope with the leaders Barca and Real Madrid and Sevilla could go into relegation if Espanyol or Cadiz win.

In addition, UD Almeria smiled again and ended its four-match losing streak in a game that was put on its face from the start in the duel against Rayo that opened Saturday’s day in the highest division of Spanish football.

The Andalusians found the game in their favor very early on with a goal from Argentine Lucas Robertone in the 8th minute after Adri Embarba stole a pass from Diego Lopez for his defense. With no time for the visitors to collect themselves, Srdjan Babic made it 2-0 from a corner.

The slab of two goals against with only 17 minutes played was too much for Andoni Iraola’s men, who also found another goal before the break. This time it was El Bilal Toure, who made his debut as a scorer in the league, finishing off a loose ball inside the area after a header from Melero to make it 3-0 in the 38th minute.

Rayo Vallecano tried to react with a triple substitution at the break, but it didn’t help them get into the match. The final 3-1 came in minute 82, with a shot from central defender Catena coming off a corner kick.

The team from Almeria finished with one player less, as Adri Embarba was sent off three minutes from the end for a double yellow card, but he no longer had much relevance in the match. Thus, Almeria closed their second victory of the season, the first since August, which helps them stay out of relegation. Those from the fringe, for their part, are in the middle of the table, with ten points, three more than their rival today.

Source: Europa Press

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