If Tuesday's Champions League comeback wasn't good enough, Sevillistas all over the world were in for another treat this Sunday against Villarreal - this time, with Sevilla picking up all three points. In an end-to-end clash which saw a classy gesture to Eduardo Berizzo at its start, fortunately the visitors came away with the spoils after falling two behind
It seems as though Sevilla keep wanting to put their reactions to the test. After Tuesday, los Nervionenses made it difficult for themselves once again, this time overturning a 2-0 deficit against a Villarreal side formerly undefeated in the Estadio de la Cerámica. After goals from Bakambu and Bacca, Lenglet, Vázquez and Banega completed a comeback which puts Sevilla four points ahead of their opponents. Thanks to a perfect final half-an-hour, Sevilla take three vital points back to Nervión.
We had all hoped for a dominant Sevilla to take advantage of a fatigued Villarreal - who came into the game after a Friday night clash in the Europa League. Sevilla looked to set themselves up in the Yellow's half from the get-go. Initially they lacked the dynamism to test former Sevillista Mariano Barbosa. Bit by bit, Villarreal grew into their game, pressing up the field to create attacks that could disturb an already makeshift back-line. After a warning-shot from a Soriano free-kick that the keeper didn't see, Bakambu made it 1-0 just past quarter of an hour.
Bakambu slotted home after a whipped cross from Pablo Fornals
Bacca, wide on the wing, found Fornals who played a whipped cross across the Sevilla penalty box. Geis couldn't reach it and Villarreal's top scorer was there to apply a finish to put the visitors one down. Despite the Villarreal goal, the flow of the game didn't seem to change, with Sevilla finding some half-chances up the other end. The best came to Muriel after a pass from Sarabia but the Colombian was unfairly adjudged offside. .
Bacca had the chance to make it two half-way through the first-half but thankfully couldn't find the back of the net. Villarreal had grown in confidence and seemed in control until half-time, which saw the home side one goal to the good.
Not ten minutes after the restart, Sevilla's job was to be made even harder, when a long ball towards Bacca allowed the Colombian striker to leave Carole behind and find a second for Villarreal.
With Bacca's goal, all seemed lost; however, Sevilla replied instantly and burst into life from there on in
It seemed like a death-knell in the game but little did the hosts know that their second would spur a Sevilla resurgence. Only five minutes later, Clement Lenglet made it 2-1 with a glancing header from a Banega free-kick. With the hosts not even allowed time to process the goal, Sevilla were at it again. Carole found Vázquez, whose curling shot could only be palmed into the net by Barbosa.
There was still half-an-hour to go and Sevilla were now looking the more likely. Krohn-Dehli came on to give a little creativity to the game and the visitors looked dangerous. A third Sevilla goal would come through a penalty and would complete another stunning comeback. After Mercado was brought down by Ruiz who would go on to receive a second yellow card, Banega went straight down the middle to put Sevilla one up for the first time in the game.
With the most difficult part over with, Sevilla were intelligent in their play and kept the ball out of their area. Despite a couple of aerial balls and a fighting Villarreal, Sevilla FC kept their concentration and secured a valuable victory. Now sitting comfortably in fifth place and with fourth well within their sights, Sevilla look towards the Copa del Rey before their clash with Deportivo at home on Saturday.