Sevilla 3-1 Barcelona
Team: Lopez (7.1), Zabaleta (7.2), Spahic (7.0), Maduro (7.5), Pieters (7.0), Trochowski (7.1), Medel (7.7), Navas (7.0), Reyes (7.5), Del Moral (8.4), Negredo (7.5)
Subs used: Vrsaljko (N/A) for Trochowski 83, Fazio (N/A) for Maduro 90
Goals: Negredo (19), Medel (61), Del Moral (68); Messi (64)
MOTM: Del Moral (Sevilla)
Ben Warner’s Sevilla faced their toughest challenge of the season against a full-strength Barcelona, and remarkably came out on top by putting three past Valdes in the Barca goal. Strangely, Ben Warner didn’t make any lineup or tactical changes as most teams do against Barcelona, and didn’t get punished for his confidence, showing his teams European qualification credentials well.
The game started evenly, and both teams could have taken the lead before Sevilla scored. Barca took a throw in, but before you knew it, Sevilla were on the counter, and Del Moral put in a brilliant ball for Negredo to head home a shock lead for Sevilla. The game kept being even until half time, and Sevilla went into the changing rooms in the better position.
The second half was a lot more open, and Sevilla really showed how good they can be, by scoring two more goals, and only having that one blip allowing Messi to score. Sevilla scored their second when Reyes ran down the right wing, and put in a good, low ball, which Medel, sliding in, was able to finish, doubling Sevilla’s lead. Barca were back in the game within minutes, after being put through by Pique, he rounded Lopez and put the ball in the net. Sevilla were having none off it however, and restored their two goal lead soon after. Trochowski unleashed a vicious shot from outside the box, which rebounded to man-of-the-match Del Moral inside the six-yard box, and all he had to do was nod the ball into an empty net to make it 3-1. Sevilla managed to survive Barcelona’s pressure for the rest of the match, and held on for a brilliant win.
After the match, Ben Warner said this might be Sevilla’s best win of the season, and hopes for more performances of a similar calibre to follow this game.
Malaga 2-0 Sevilla
Team: Lopez (6.5), Zabaleta (5.9), Spahic (6.9), Maduro (6.8), Pieters (5.9), Rakitic (5.4), Medel (6.8), Del Moral (6.6), Reyes (6.6), Perotti (6.2), Negredo (6.8)
Subs used: Jairo (6.8) for Reyes 57, Fazio (6.9) for Rakitic 73, Trochowski (6.6) for Perotti 74
Goals: Eliseu (16), Santa Cruz (22)
MOTM: Joaquin (Malaga)
Young Sevilla manager Ben Warner suffered his first loss of the season is an expected performance against second-placed Malaga. Despite this, Sevilla are still in a very respectable position. There were two changes, Croatian Ivan Rakitic returning from injury to make his first appearance of the season, and Del Moral replacing the injured Jesus Navas.
Malaga took the lead fairly early on, when Eliseu latched onto a low Joaquin cross to place an easy finish into the back of the net, and they were two up just minutes later, and it was an easy goal for loanee Roque Santa Cruz. He set up a player for an instant lay off which Santa Cruz got onto and finished low into the bottom corner, leaving Lopez no chance. Malaga continued to press, but couldn’t further the lead before half time.
Despite both Malaga and Sevilla’s best efforts, the second half was goalless, and the three points stayed with the home team, inflicting Sevilla’s first loss of the season.
Ben Warner said after the match that he is devastated with the result, not only to lose, but to have lost to such a close rival.
Deportivo 1-3 Sevilla
Team: Lopez (7.2), Zabaleta (7.0), Spahic (7.1), Maduro (8.1), Pieters (7.0), Rakitic (7.6), Medel (6.9), Del Moral (6.9), Reyes (8.2), Perotti (8.5), Negredo (7.4)
Goals: Oliveira (42); Negredo (36), Rakitic (76), Maduro (90+2)
MOTM: Perotti (Sevilla)
After their first defeat of the season the week before, Sevilla travelled to A Coruna for an away match against Deportivo, with everyone expecting them to record an easy win. Warner named an unchanged side, and needed a win to keep pace with the top two.
Deportivo controlled the opening exchanges, only allowing Sevilla chances on the break. Eventually Sevilla started dominating, and soon enough scored, when Reyes broke down the side and played a low ball in to Negredo who took a touch before smashing home from 4 yards after 36 minutes. Deportivo didn’t look like scoring, but were somehow level at the break, when Nelson Oliveira got put through, and finished coolly.
Sevilla continued to push after the break to try and retake the lead, and Deportivo survived a scare when centre back Maduro had a header cleared off the line and hit the post within seconds of each other, but then Sevilla managed to find the net, when man of the match Perotti played a little ball to Rakitic, who calmly finished into the bottom corner to put Sevilla back in front. Sevilla managed to score again, but not before Lopez pulled off a good save to keep out Oliveira with 2 minutes to go, and Sevilla immediately went up the other end and scored, Maduro volleying in from six yards following a corner.
Ben Warner said he is pleased by the hard-fought victory, but frustrated by the lack of clean sheets for Lopez.
Girona 0-1 Sevilla (Copa Del Rey 4th Round, Leg 1)
Team: Lopez (6.8), Zabaleta (7.1), Spahic (7.7), Maduro (6.9), Pieters (7.2), Rakitic (6.8), Medel (6.9), Del Moral (7.6), Reyes (6.8), Perotti (7.0), Negredo (6.1)
Subs used: Fazio (N/A) for Rakitic 78, Jairo (N/A) for Reyes 78, Trochowski (N/A) for Perotti 83
Goals: Del Moral (58)
MOTM: Spahic (Sevilla)
Ben Warner took his Sevilla side to Girona for a cup tie that they were massive favourites for, but struggled to overcome the Liga Adelante side, but still take a slim lead back to Andalusia. It was an unchanged team once again, which did the job, eventually.
The first half was very boring, with few chances for each team, making the Sevilla manager have to encourage his players to not get disheartened and to keep goingat half time.
During the second half, Sevilla showed their superiority, and eventually took the lead when winger Manu Del Moral smashed home a volley after Rakitic’s long shot was deflected away. Sevilla continued to press but didn’t score again, and pulled off a good defensive display to limit Girona to one shot on target, meaning that Sevilla won the game and take a 1-0 lead to the second leg.
Warner said he is pleased to have won, but wishes that his team could have scored more. Sevilla are big favourites for the second leg back at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Mallorca 2-6 Sevilla
Team: Lopez (7.2), Zabaleta (7.9), Spahic (7.9), Maduro (6.4), Pieters (8.1), Rakitic (8.2), Medel (8.9), Del Moral (8.5), Reyes (7.7), Perotti (9.3), Negredo (8.1)
Subs used: Fazio (7.0) for Maduro 29, Jairo (N/A) for Reyes 77, Vrsaljko (N/A) for Medel 89
Goals: Hemed (10), Geromel (61); Del Moral (15), Medel (45+1), Perotti (53, 58), Kevin OG (67), Negredo (76)
Injuries: Maduro, no serious injury (29), Medel, strained neck, 6 to 9 days (89)
MOTM: Perotti (Sevilla)
Sevilla had another away game on the back of their win in Girona, but this one was on the island of Mallorca. Warner once again named an unchanged team, and despite a recent problem of wasting chances in games, Sevilla put six past Mallorca. The only small downside is a slight injury to midfielder Gary Medel.
Mallorca took a shock early lead when Hemed curled a shot past Lopez, but the lead didn’t last long, as Del Moral managed to equalise within five minutes, picking the ball up near the Sevilla box, and running a long way, before calmly levelling the scores. Mallorca could have been back ahead minutes later, but Lopez saved Hemed’s penalty to keep the game 1-1. The game remained fairly quiet for the rest of the half, but Sevilla still managed to take the lead in added time, when Medel volleyed home Spahic’s knockdown.
The second half was a lot better than the first, with several more goals. Perotti started it off, taking the ball past three players before putting the ball in the bottom corner. He got the fourth as well, a deflected shot finding its way past the Mallorca keeper. Mallorca responded quickly, pulling the deficit back to two, Geromel heading in from a corner. Sevilla made sure there wouldn’t be any worries though, although the next goal didn’t come from a Sevilla player, but Kevin of Mallorca. He slide tackled the ball off Del Moral who was through on goal, yet sliding it into his own net in the process. Sevilla completed the rout with quarter of an hour to go, Negredo scoring, although he didn’t know much about it. A Mallorca defender cleared the ball, but only onto a charging Negredo, and it rebounded off him into the net.
Ben Warner said he is delighted with the result in what was an even game.