Sevilla FC fell to a heavy defeat in Galicia this Saturday at the hands of Celta Vigo, as the Nervionenses’ rivals for Europa League qualification put themselves well in the race for European football. Good work in a controlled first 45 minutes was robbed by an unfortunate Arana own goal – though Sevilla fight would eventually give way to an abject second-half. An Aspas hat-trick would hand Sevilla an embarrassing away loss before Wednesday’s trip to Munich.
From the very first minute Sevilla showed an intention to go out and press their Europa League rivals. Just three minutes into the game, Nzonzi was the first to try his luck at the Vigo net with a powerful effort from long-range that was well smothered by Sergio. Not five minutes later, Sandro – having replaced an injured Joquín Correa in the starting eleven at the last minute – would have a golden opportunity to break the deadlock when getting on the end of a short back-pass. His toe-poked effort would strike the Vigo keeper and bounce away.
A bright start in the first-half soon gave way to an abject start in the second
Sevilla had shown a bright start and proceeded to dominate the opening half an hour. With the hosts creating little, Sevilla would look to create through Banega and exploit the pace of Sandro down the left. Though despite the initial flurry, things would quickly go south through a cruel stroke of luck. An innocuous ball from the left would rebound of Kjaer forcing David Soria into a double reflex save to keep the ball out. Unfortunately for the keeper, his palmed save would rebound off the chest of Guilherme Arana to give Celta the lead. Sevilla would look to respond immediately though a Sandro volley but a stunning save from Sergio would deny the Everton-loanee.