Copa del Rey: Rakitic gives Sevilla a harrowing pass against Alavés | Sports

Sevilla materialized a harrowing pass to the quarterfinals of the Cup against Alavés. A goal from Rakitic heading a pass from Navas in the 48th minute was the most decisive play and, also, the most prescient of a team immersed in multiple problems . Alavés submitted him and enjoyed clear chances until the last second of a clash where Jorge Sampaoli, Sevilla coach, alternated logical decisions with other more debatable ones. A team reinforced with the entry in the second half of Fernando and Navas, but where Montiel also played as a midfielder. Sevilla, penultimate in the League, is consoled in the Cup with a victory that, far from being balsamic, continues to sow doubts about their game. However, the important thing in the Cup is always to pass.



Owono, Javi López (Rubén Duarte, min. 79), Laguardia, Abdel Abqar, Anderson Arroyo (Abde, min. 72), Álex Balboa, Toni Moya (Salva Sevilla, min. 79), Jason, Luis Rioja (Marc Tenas Urena , min. 79), Rober González and Mamadou



Dmitrovic, Loic Bade, Gudelj (Jesús Navas, min. 45), Rekik, Marcos Acuña, Joan Jordán, Montiel, Rakitic, En-Nesyri (Nianzou Tanguy Kouassi, min. 78), Lamela (Rafa Mir, min. 86) and Suso (Fernando, min. 45)

goals 0-1 min. 47: Rakitic.

Referee Cesar Soto Degree

Yellow cards Rekik (min. 24), Gudelj (min. 30), Marcos Acuña (min. 33) and Loic Bade (min. 64)

The best thing for Sevilla was to reach the break with zero to zero. Everything in the Andalusian entity is now a volcano. The social situation and the fight for power, the response from his people and Sampaoli’s inability to get the most out of the first team are reflected, game by game, in discreet performances that make his team desperate.

Alavés, in full decline in the Second Division, was much better than the Andalusian team in a first half where they always came before, showed clearer ideas and had the best and only scoring chances against a flattened rival. And all with the substitutes against a Sevilla broken down the middle, with Jordán and Rakitic unable to have the ball and give their team personality. It is really striking that Sevilla does not have a reliable defensive midfielder if Fernando is not on the field.

Sevilla’s rhythm, the rhythm of Lamela and Suso, was very low. Alavés, well tucked back and with a certain intensity to come out on the counterattack, had a clear opportunity from Rioja, to which Dmitrovic made a great save. In the 30th minute, Gudelj brought down Sylla as he was heading towards his compatriot’s goal. The center-back was miraculously saved from the red. Sevilla, who announced the return of Ocampos in the middle of the game, had been unable to shoot between the three sticks of the Alavés goal. The Argentine returns after a frustrated loan to Ajax, where he has only played six games (four in the League and two in the Champions League).

Navas and Fernando gave another air to Sevilla. In an isolated play, the world champion sent a cross into the area for Rakitic to score on the plate. With many problems to have the ball, Sampaoli’s men began to back down as Alavés pushed. The Basques had no punch and when they launched between the three sticks the figure of Dmitrovic emerged. With suffering and little brilliance, Sevilla held on to win the quarterfinals.

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