An extremely hard-fought win for Sevilla FC this Sunday in La Liga Santander. Girona made things very difficult and demanded a top performance from Sergio Rico, who against all odds kept a clean-sheet. The Catalonian side were unable to convert from the penalty spot five minutes before the break and were then denied on numerous occasions by the Sevilla keeper to keep the Nervionenses one ahead. The visitors kept fighting for 94 minutes but in the end, it would be Sevilla who would finally pick up league points at home and put themselves one point behind Villarreal in the league.
Having put together some fantastic form in the league in the past weeks, Girona were unsurprisingly well-organised coming into the game, pressing high and keeping tight lines to make things difficult for Sevilla FC. Without Banega, Montella's side needed to show as much composure as possible and the first few minutes proved their determination to regain form in the league. Looking dangerous up the left through Correa, two bits of play in the first five minutes just lacked the final ball to make it a perfect start. Pizarro linked up well with his compatriot to create some space for a cross but was unable to find anyone in the area. After an early flurry, though, Girona got a foothold in the game and started to find some joy through pressing high in the Sevilla half.
A very demanding game left Sevilla without much space to work with in the first-half
After efforts from Granell and Borja, Sevilla were in need of some breathing room and found it through Sarabia, who down the left had a chance to make it 1-0. After a nice through ball from Pizarro, the Madrid-born winger was left with a tight angle; trying to chip Girona's Bono, he could only find the side-netting. Things looked even and Olunga had possibly the best chance of the half so far for the visitors, but a double save from Sergio Rico denied the visitors. Muriel replied with an electric bit of individual play to create some space and shoot but his fierce effort would fly inches wide. Ten minutes before the break, things heated up even more and Girona were awarded a golden chance to put themselves one up in the game when given a dubious penalty for a handball from Muriel. If there were doubts about the penalty itself, there was no doubt about the result: a stunning Sergio Rico save kept the deadlock unbroken.