The king of the Europa League continues on the way to the milestone of a seventh wound. It will not be easy for this flat Sevilla for whom each game is an ordeal, but at least Istanbul came out unscathed from a bad drink in which they asserted their two-goal advantage built at the Sánchez Pizjuán. The income helped him to enter the quarterfinals after a brave match, with little rhythm and play that was complicated to the point of agony, an exercise in survival against a tenacious rival supported by passionate fans who even crossed the line when he launched a coin that hit goalkeeper Dmitrovic on the head.
Altay Bayindir, Attila Szalai, Samet Akaydin, Serdar Aziz (Diego Rossi, min. 83), Jayden Oosterwolde, Ismail Yüksek, Miha Zajc (Mert Yandas, min. 75), Ferdi Kadioglu, Batshuayi (King, min. 18), Arda Guler (Emre Mor, min. 83) and Enner Valencia (João Pedro, min. 83)
Dmitrovic, Alex Telles, Marcos Acuña, Montiel (Jesús Navas, min. 83), Loic Bade, Gudelj, Óliver Torres (Suso, min. 72), Rafa Mir (Lucas Ocampos, min. 73), Rakitic (Joan Jordán, min. 83), Fernando and En-Nesyri (Lamela, min. 59)
goals 1-0 min. 41: Enner Valencia.
Referee michael oliver
Yellow cards Serdar Aziz (min. 46), Loic Bade (min. 47), Sampaoli (min. 87), Joan Jordán (min. 88) and Ismail Yüksek (min. 89)
It all started with more noise than nuts, but Sevilla was weighed down by their inability to go beyond a plan that consisted of trying to make sure nothing happened. Because ninety minutes at Şükrü Saracoğlu is very long, even if Fenerbahçe spends the first half hour without shooting on goal. Out of nowhere he got a penalty, one of those monstrosities that favors over-refereeing and penalized a collision of the ball with one of Álex Telles’ arms. The Ecuadorian Enner Valencia did not hesitate from eleven meters and opened another game, even with the break in between.
Fenerhbaçe went on the attack, generated more football, overcame a Sevilla that with the passing of the minutes became even smaller, unable to approach the rival area. The Portuguese coach Jorge Jesus withdrew Enner Valencia and his young playmaker Arda Güler from the field in a risky decision, but one that gave his team a second wind. The exceltista Emre Mor was close to the goal. The goal Dmitrovic and the defense multiplied to reduce balls and Sevilla found spaces to at least slow down in attack. He also claimed a penalty on Suso before Lamela forced goalkeeper Altay to show off in an electrifying final stretch of balls into the area and gritted teeth before the final explosion of joy. “The match was one of the best expressions of the team in defensive growth, of being grouped, jumping at the right moment”, summed up the Sevilla coach, Jorge Sampaoli.
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