It was a relatively comfortable first-half for Sevilla FC as they found themselves 2-0 up; but after Osasuna drew level in the second half, En-Nesyri popped up with a last-minute winner to spare their blushes
Sometimes there's no explanation for a football match, and today was one of those days at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. Leading 2-0 at half time and a man up after the 55th minute of the game, Sevilla FC let the visitors back into the game as Osasuna clawed the game back to 2-2. However, when it all looked like doom and gloom, En-Nesyri, who had his best game yet in a Sevilla shirt, scored his second of the match in the 94th minute to keep all three points at the Sánchez-Pizjuán. A second consecutive league win and the points tally moves up to 46.
Sevilla FC walked off at half-time with a comfortable lead of 2-0, and had hardly let Osasuna have a shot on goal. Just before the quarter hour mark, Óliver won the ball in his own half and drove towards the opposition penalty area. With their defence out of shape, Torres found En-Nesyri who coolly slotted the ball past Herrera as he opened the scoring. The home side were on top now and continued to cause the away side problems. Ocampos could have had one himself as he controlled a brilliant ball by Jesús Navas, but after controlling it in the area, he could only put it over the bar.
Óliver Torres acquired his second assist of the game in the last minute of the first half
Julen Lopetegui had to bring on Gudelj after Fernando went off injured after pulling up whilst running back to help his defence. The Serbian came on as a straight swap for the Brazilian, taking control of the ball and linking well with his teammates. As the whole of the Sánchez-Pizjuán awaited the half-time whistle to blow, an Óliver Torres corner found the run of Lucas Ocampos, and the Argentine placed his header into the back of the net to give Sevilla FC a comfortable lead at half-time.
The visitors came out in the second half fired up as they tried to force their way back into the game. With only a few minutes gone of the second half, Arnáiz fired just wide of Bono's right-hand post in Osasuna's most threatening play. However, only a minute later, they were down to ten men. As Lucas Ocampos raced through the middle of the defence, goalkeeper Sergio Herrera came out and, after VAR was consulted, was adjudged to have handled the ball as Sevilla FC's number 5 poked the ball past him. Nothing came from the resulting free-kick. When it would seem that the ten men would suffer even more, the exact opposite happened. From a free kick of their own, Osasuna got a goal back as Aridane came in at the back post, unmarked, to head past Bono. The nerves started to kick in all over the stadium and especially for the Sevilla players as they sat further and further back against the ten men.
En-Nesyri grabbed the winner in the 94th minute to send the Sánchez-Pizjuán wild
With 15 minutes left of normal time to play, again with the help of VAR, the referee awarded a penalty against Gudelj for a handball. Robert Torres stroked the ball home as Osasuna had seemingly achieved the unthinkable: a comeback with ten men. Now, with a man up and the urgency from the crowd, the home side started to put pressure on Rubén's goal but as the minutes went by, it looked as if the goal would never come. In the meantime, Osasuna also looked to have gotten out of prison and they sought to unsettle a Sevilla side that was completely overwhelmed by the situation.
However, this time, Sevilla weren't going to let the points slip by them. This time Espanyol wasn't going to happen, neither what happened against Alavés. This time Sevilla were going to have the final say. This time, En-Nesyri was going to have the final say. The Moroccan international picked up a deflection in the penalty area and slotted it home to send every Sevillista in the stadium into a frenzy. The ball was in the back of Rubén's net and the three points were staying in Nervión. Three hugely vital points that back up the ones won against Getafe just a week ago. It's a second consecutive league victory and keeps them right in the thick of it for the race for the Champions League spots.
3. SEVILLA FC: Bono, Jesús Navas, Koundé, Sergi Gómez, Escudero, Fernando (Gudelj, 32'), Óliver Torres, Franco Vázquez (De Jong, 73'), Rony Lopes (Suso, 66'), Ocampos and En-Nesyri.
2. CA OSASUNA: S. Herrera, Roncaglia, Aridane, David García, Estupiñán, Darko, Oier, Roberto Torres (Unai García, 89'), Lato (Rubén García, 78'), Arnáiz (Rubén, 54') and Enric Gallego.
GOALS: 1-0 En-Nesyri, 13'. 2-0 Ocampos, 45'. 2-1 Aridane, 64'. 2-2 Roberto Torres, 74' (penalty). 3-2 En-Nesyri, 90+4'.
REFEREE: Del Cerro Grande, from the Madrid committee. Yellow cards for Fernando, S. Herrera (straight red), Óliver Torres and Darko.