Sevilla took a firm step towards the Champions League with Tecatito Corona. The Mexican, with a double and an exhibition, led Julen Lopetegui’s men to victory against a tough Levante team, who are selling their skin very dearly in this final stretch of the season. Morales gave wings and cut them at the same moment, by missing a decisive penalty. However, little can be reproached for the ‘Commander’ who carries behind him a century-old entity. Koundé and Soldier put the spice in the final stretch of the match, but the victory went to Champions territory.
In a Ciutat with a festive atmosphere, with a welcome to the team at the height of the circumstances of the season and the celebration of the 90 years of Paco Fenollosa, honorary president of the club, celebrated throughout the stadium, the meeting in Orriols started with great in Game.
It didn’t take long for Sevilla to deal the first blow. After ten minutes, Tecatito, one of the smallest in the class, finished off at pleasure at the far post a shipment measured by Lucas Ocampos after sneaking between Róber Pier and Miramón. Levante had not yet cleared the rheum when the Mexican made the first.
Despite this, the awakening came a few minutes later. Róber Pier caught a ball rejected by Morales’ shot to make the first offside. The review by the VAR, however, revealed a hand by Diego Carlos inside the area that Díaz de Mera finally pointed out after consulting the screen. Morales, impeccable in this final stretch of the season, would not fail to add his twelfth goal of the season. Two goals away from equaling his best figures in the First Division.
But Tecatito was determined to be the protagonist in the Ciutat. With the same formula, Corona once again created havoc inside the area and for his second goal of the afternoon after a new assist from Ocampos from the right. From end to end. A connection that promises happiness in a Sevilla key. The first act would end with the injury of Postigo, a regular with muscle problems.
The plan of Lopetegui’s men was clear: annul Morales, something that disappeared after the first few minutes, muddy the game and dangerously move to Cárdenas’ goal when spaces appeared. Meanwhile, Levante gained meters on the field, forced to at least score to take a breath with the Alavés bottom team. In those, Radoja, habitual defensive pivot, more advanced in Lisci’s scheme, went into the area to cause the fifth penalty of the last three days. This time, Morales kicked the ball out.
From the missed penalty to another evil endemic to the season, the set piece. Koundé entered Rakitic’s center like a freight train from the corner to sentence the contest with little room for a Levante reaction that had a tie in their hands that would have been gold in the fight for permanence. And that Soldier shortened the distance almost at the end of regulation time, that he still gave one more scare after a Bono serve intercepted by the Valencian striker. Levante cornered a Champions League Sevilla without luck. And that he tried in every way. The Granota team is still very much alive and their fans recognized it at the end of the game. Morales’ tears at the end of the game, the best reflection of what the locker room is going through.
Oscar Duarte (38′, shutter), Montiel (54′, Jesus Navas), Delaney (54′, Joan Jordan), Enis Bardi (65′, Gonzalo Melero), Rafa Mir (71′, En-Nesyri), Oliver Torres (71′, Papu Gomez), Stonecutter (75′, Vezo), Soldier (75′, Dani Gomez), Marcelo Saracchi (76′, Miramon), Augustinsson (84′, Marcos Acuna)
0-1, 13′: Jesus Crown1-1, 21′: Morales1-2, 26′: Jesus Crown1-3, 81′: Koundé2-3, 86′: Soldier
Referee: Isidro Diaz de Mera Escuderos
VAR Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernandez
Joan Jordan (3′, Yellow) Jesus Navas (21′, Yellow) Pepelu (56′, Yellow) Montiel (61′, Yellow) Marcos Acuna (68′, Yellow) Rafa Mir (94′, Yellow