Sevilla Dismantle Standard Liège

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Sevilla Dismantle Standard Liège

By Satish Sekar at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán © Satish Sekar (September 20th 2018)

Clinical

Sevilla destroyed former Belgium goalkeeper Michel Preud’homme’s Standard team 5-1 with braces from Éver Banega and Wissam ben Yedder, and the other scored by Franco Vázquez. Moussa Djenepo’s right footed shot across Tomáš Vaclik was as good as it got on a steep learning curve for the Belgians.

Referee Gediminas Mažeika had his hands full from the start, yellow carding Ibrahim Amadou for a tackle on Mehdi Carcelo-González, despite Amadou’s complaints that he got the ball. A couple of minutes later Djenepo was cautioned for a bad foul on Vázquez. Banega’s effort proved to be an excellent range-finder – it just cleared the bar after 4 minutes.

Banega would exact punishment four minutes later. Gojko Cimirot’s foul on Daniel Carriço resulted in Banega’s fantastic free-kick into the top corner – Ochoa had no chance.

Chances came and went before Djenepo’s equaliser. Amadou was forced off through injury after 11 minutes – he was replaced by Roque Mesa Quevedo.

Both Mesa and Vázquez had close efforts before 20 minutes had passed. Two minutes later, again supplied by Banega, Vázquez’ effort required a top notch save to the top left corner by Mexican international Guillermo Ochoa Magaña. Despite the score Ochoa had a fine match – he was le down by a very poor defensive performance
Mesa was yellow carded for a bad foul on Carcelo-González, but the freekick, taken by Carcelo was easily blocked.

Parity – Briefly

Simon Kjær’s foul on Djenepo after 38 minutes put pressure on the hosts. A corner shortly afterwards resulted in Christian Luyindama shooting wide after receiving Razvan Marin’s cross. Another corner followed shortly afterwards – this time Luyindama turned provider for Djenepo to score to the bottom right corner, bringing Liège level, but parity lasted just two minutes.

Jesús Navas González, skilfully created space on the left flank, pulling it back to Vázquez on the edge of the area. He curled a superb effort into the opposite top corner to restore Sevilla’s lead. After trading efforts without seriously troubling either keeper, Guillermo Arana’s cross found ben Yedder on the edge of the 6-yard box. Ben Yedder made no mistake with his finish, making it 3-1 after 49 minutes.

The next 15 minutes saw a couple of efforts which did not bother the defences unduly, and a series of fouls that disrupted the rhythm of the match – Zinho Vanheusden committed three.

Dispatched

After 70 minutes Banega’s through-ball to ben Yedder ended the match as competitive fare. Ben Yedder scored to Ochoa’s right. another dead-ball opportunity, but he couldn’t repeat the feat. Cimrot’s shot dipped just over before Vanheusden committed one foul too many, bringing Vázquez down, conceding a penalty and receiving a yellow card.

Dead-ball maestro, Banega made no mistake from the penalty so, ending the goal-fest. There was still time for Quincy Promes, Sergi Gómez Solà, ben Yedder, Pablo Sarabia García and Nolito (Manuel Agudo Durán) to attempt to increase the margin of victory unsuccessfully.

It was an emphatic start to Sevilla’s Group J Europa League campaign.

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar January 27, 2019 18:50