Nobody ended up happy in Anoeta, and everyone has their reasons. La Real Sociedad, because they squeezed in the first half as if there were no second, and missed a penalty; Sevilla, because in the final minutes he had the clearest chance of the match, apart from the maximum penalty, to take the three points, but Remiro was inspired to deflect Rafa Mir’s shot with his body, which seemed lethal and irremediable by the little time left to play.
A rock band cheered on Anoeta in the minutes leading up to the game. And it was seen that the donostiarras were going to march, who appeared plugged in the field, not like the sevillistas, who after 15 seconds had already yielded an absurd corner, without meaning. It would not be the only one. As much as Lopetegui was obstinate from the band in correcting his men, without them seeming to take into account his advice, which is what usually happens almost always, the Sevilla footballers insisted time and again in looking for support in short to advance, but the pressure from Donostia in someone else’s field was fierce, and they rarely succeeded. It was either that or throwing long balls at En-Nesyri, and the alternative plan didn’t work either.
So it was the Real that almost always had the ball, the one that was looking for its Nordic duo Sorloth-Isak, the one that pushed with Merino and aired their football with Oyarzabal, creating bankruptcies and gnashing of teeth in the Sevillian defense, not to mention of his coach, who was hyperventilating on the bench in the face of the perceived disaster, and which did not pass over because Bono guessed Oyarzabal the trajectory of the penalty shot by Diego Carlos, in an action in which the VAR warned Mateu.
Apart from the missed penalty, the Real had worse news with the injury of Isak, who had to retire before the break leaving his place to Januzaj. Imanol, who had refreshed part of the team after playing in the Netherlands on Thursday, suddenly lost his Swedish stiletto. The worst thing for the Donostiarras, however, is that they had left Sevilla alive, which cemented their team at the start of the second half with Ocampos and Óscar. The departure of the Argentine, above all, oxygenated the right wing of his team. Jesús Navas, blurred in the first set, began to appear and create more danger. Sevilla took command, although Real defended well, but it was no longer the same as at the beginning, it had lost that vitality of the first half against a reborn rival, who endured wick until Papu Gómez had bellows in midfield .
Imanol also had to refresh his team. He took Oyarzabal off right away and put his second unit on the grass. The game was balanced with the youngsters, but the waves crashed on the edge of the area. The game was losing steam as the minutes passed. Only a distant shot from Zaldua, which Bono rejected, woke up the stands. Then came the great opportunity for Rafa Mir in a defensive misalignment of Real Sociedad, and the restlessness in both areas after a couple of consecutive corners thrown by Real, a header from Zubimendi that went high, and a final shot by Diego Carlos who stopped Remiro in two times.
In the end, two teams with great offensive potential were left without scoring, so between the two they lose a point along the way and the other two are shared.
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