If you don't score, the most you can get is a point. Sevilla missed the chance to regain ground in the race for Europa League football this Tuesday, labouring to a goalless draw in Galicia against RC Deportivo. Despite domination from Sevilla through most of the game, the visitors were frustrated by an in-form Rubén, who rescued a clean-sheet and a draw for the home side. All focus now turns to the Copa del Rey Final this Saturday.
Sevilla certainly started the more positive of the two sides, pressing early in the game for an opener. Miguel Layún would be the first to let fly, having been found with space on the left by Johannes Geis (starting for the first time in the centre of midfield). The effort would be well smothered. Sandro would follow up with a similar effort from the right, which again would be well held. With just over quarter of an hour gone, Sevilla would threaten again through the very same players – Geis whipping a free-kick to the back-post for Sandro but the Spaniard again unable to beat Rubén.
Despite early pressing, good saves from Rubén ensured Sevilla would not break the deadlock
Just hitting the half an hour mark, David Soria would be forced to do a bit more work. First saving a deflected effort that could have easily snuck in, then showing safe hands to smother a volleyed strike from his left. Sevilla chances, meanwhile, had dried up somewhat. Five minutes from the break, the visitors would refind their mojo with a lovely bit of play that ended in a Banega shot dragging just wide. With a starting Carlos Fernández skilfully back-heeling into the Argentine’s path, the midfielder would be unlucky to see his shot slip just past Rubén’s post. Not three minutes later, Fernández would threaten again. Doing well to escape a well organised Deportivo defence, the home-grown striker would strike just too centrally to find a way past the keeper. A strong finish to the half for Sevilla but no breakthrough.