Sevilla FC suffered their first European loss of the season tonight, in a match which saw the Andalucían side fail to find incision and saw the hosts find it in bucket-loads. After an even first-half - a goal apiece - the second started very well for Berizzo's side. All that was missing was the most important thing - a goal. The Russian side were able to find two on counter-attacks and finished the game off for good soon after.
Spartak made no attempts to hide their gameplan. Sevilla had most of the ball, with the hosts looking to win it back and counter quickly. Nolito and Sarabia sat deep in the opponent's half but were unable to link up with Ben Yedder in the first minutes. Meanwhile, the Russian side's gameplan worked all too well; not seconds after a corner for Sevilla, Spartak sent the ball forward with speed and after an unlucky stumble from Lenglet, the ball fell to Eschenko, who was able to find the head of Promes to make it 1-0 after just over quarter of an hour.
A header from Promes made it 1-0 in Spartak's first real attack of the game
The Russians had the game where they wanted it and to defend it they imposed a rougher game than usual. Sevilla showed their quality, and a fantastic piece of play from Nolito nearly meant an equaliser for the Nervionenses. It would come five minutes later on half an hour. A Banega corner found the head of Kjaer, whose effort rebounded off the defense but was eventually volleyed in by the Danish centre-back. Nolito had a chance to make it 2-1 moments later, as did Krohn-Dehli, who made Selikhov stretch to keep Spartak level at half-time.