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A festival of spot kicks in Seville

A festival of spot kicks in Seville

Julio Muñoz


Emery’s side were awarded three spot kicks during the evening and easily dispatched the German side with goals from Gameiro, Banega and Konoplyanka.

Sevilla secured a win in their first game back in the Uefa Champions League and were awarded three penalty kicks during the match against a Borussia side currently propping up the Bundesliga. A perfect evening was rounded off by a Konoplyanka goal, who had just been on the pitch just seconds. 

If it’s a little unique to have a team awarded three penalties during the course of a game, even odder is that two of these are awarded in the first three minutes of the second half. The first of these was awarded within 20 secondsd of the restart. Fortune smiled on Sevilla tonight. Emery’s side were full of bluster in the first period and as just as the spectators were taking their seats for the second half, Sommer tripped Vitolo after 20 seconds and Gameiro, made no mistake rashing his spot kick into the roof of the net. Three minutes later, same thing. This time a foul from Wendt who upended Vitolo. This time Gameiro slammed his spot kick against the crossbar. In the 65th minute, it was the Frenchman himself who was fouled and Gamiero handed the ball over to Ever Banega. The Argintinean made amands for the missed penalty in the recent Copa América and a sense of calm was transmitted to the spectators, his team-mates and to Unai Emery.

Sevilla totally dominated Borussia and the German outfit started the game without an out and out centre forward looking to Raffael and Hazard as their attacking outlets. They got little breathing space as both were well marshaled by Kolo and Andreolli. Both ensured that Sergio Rico’s first official game was a more tranquil evening, despite the occasional blip from aerial balls.

Emery asked his players to player a higher line and this was evident. N'Zonzi looked more comfortable in the centre of the pitch, Reyes was in inspired form and Vitolo did everything right. The Canary Islander is a key player in this squad and he proved this, once again this evening.

Konoplyanka made it three as the game entered its final five minutes with a cross-shot that caught Sommer by surprise. After an indifferent start to the 2015-16 La Liga campaign, tonight’s Champions League performance changed the dynamic of this Sevilla side that on occasion, reminded us of the great team from last season

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