Rakitic relieves Sevilla from a penalty and condemns Cádiz | Sports

“It has been very clear that we are alive,” Rakitic said at the conclusion of the Andalusian derby between Sevilla and Cádiz. A penalty goal from the Croatian in the 89th minute gave his team a vital victory and condemned the Cadiz team. Sevilla found a prize in a hand from Alejo after a center from Suso that the VAR validated as a maximum penalty. The victory does justice to what was seen on the field, since Sevilla was superior and enjoyed many chances against a Cádiz team that defended itself well and was supported by Ledesma, who made saves of all colors. Specifically, up to seven. Rakitic, an expert in tight spots, had a lot of poise and serenity to convert the penalty, which brought immense joy to Nervión, unaccustomed to living in the relegation zone. Cádiz fought until the end, but Alejo, who lasted 17 minutes on the field, put a hand into a cross from Suso that condemned his team. In this way, Sevilla leaves the relegation places, an area to which Valladolid falls. Sampaoli’s men are breathing on the eve of a decisive Cup quarterfinal match in Pamplona against Osasuna.



Bono, Loic Bade, Gudelj, Rekik, Jesús Navas, Fernando (Montiel, min. 74), Lamela (Lucas Ocampos, min. 74), Joan Jordán, Rakitic, Óliver Torres (Suso, min. 79) and En-Nesyri ( Rafa Mir, min 79)



Jeremias Ledesma, Luis Hernández, Iza, Luis Espino, Mamadou Mbaye, Álex Fernández, Brian Ocampo (Youba Diarra, min. 69), Rubén Alcaraz (Negredo, min. 89), T. Bongonda (Iván Alejo, min. 69), Lozano and Rubén Sobrino (Santiago Arzamendia, min. 80)

goals 1-0 min. 88: Rakitic.

Referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez

Yellow cards Luis Espino (min. 33), Rubén Sobrino (min. 44) and Iván Alejo (min. 83)

Sevilla and Cádiz played a high-voltage regional derby. Just before the game, some 4,000 Sevilla supporters demonstrated asking for the resignation of the current council chaired by José Castro. Sevilla lives in the relegation zone and the tension is evident. His players act with an excess of motivation, which generates anxiety. Cádiz is much more used to living in the well. They did not mind giving up the ball and the initiative to a Sevilla that only found a certain outlet on the right wing. This team does not have the talent, ability or speed to overcome a team well planted at the back. Sevilla’s dominance was almost absolute in the first half, although it barely showed on clear occasions before Ledesma’s goal.

The agitation came from the right, in the connection between Óliver Torres and Navas. The goal, nowhere. Only Lamela was shooting at the goal and it turned out that it was Lozano who had to make Bono intervene. More by insistence than by football, Sevilla put Cádiz in some trouble. Shortly before the break, the first firecracker of the crash arrived. Hernández Hernández did not value an elbow from Lamela to Iza as enough for the second yellow. Lamela himself scored on the next play and the VAR, whose inaction condemned Cádiz against Elche, saved it by detecting Oliver Torres’s offside at the start of the play. With Nervión turned into a volcano and Monchi on the wing at halftime protesting, Cádiz survived.

Sevilla played an excellent second half. He lacked some fang, but his dominance was absolute against an overly defensive Cádiz. Rakitic was the decisive man, with the quality to join the area and launch missiles that were very well defended by Ledesma, exceptional. However, the end of the clash was getting closer and Sevilla couldn’t find the goal. Sampaoli was sent off and Ocampos and Suso entered the field. The Argentine was returning after his unsuccessful loan to Ajax and the man from Cádiz, much protested by the fans, was key in the decisive action of the match. Cádiz disapplied in defense and allowed Suso’s cross into the area. Alejó touched the ball with his hand and the VAR warned the referee. It was minute 89. Rakitic shot masterfully and only then could a great Ledesma be beaten.

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