Braces for Franco Vázquez and Vitolo and a Stevan Jovetic thunderbolt secure Sevilla's biggest margin of victory in the league this season
Sevilla ended the 2016/17 season on a high with a 5-0 win against Osasuna at the Rámon Sánchez-Pizjuán, to secure a second-highest points total in the club’s history.
Vitolo and Franco Vázquez both netted twice and Stevan Jovetic scored from 30 yards as Sevilla registered their biggest margin of victory in the league this campaign.
Jorge Sampaoli saw his side race out of the blocks with chances falling to Joaquín Correa and Stevan Jovetic, before Vitolo made the early pressure count with an assured strike on the rebound from Correa’s saved shot after ten minutes.
Former Sevilla goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu kept goal for Osasuna, but could do nothing about Sevilla’s second goal when Sergio Escudero reached the byline before picking out Vázquez whose side footed strike nestled into the bottom corner.
Osasuna, who had already had their relegation to the second division confirmed, struggled to cope with Sevilla’s imagination going forward, with Correa, Vázquez and Jovetic a constant threat for Petar Vasiljevic’s back four.
And it was Jovetic who netted Sevilla’s third, this time twisting and turning before unleashing a venomous strike from the edge of the box beat Sirigu for his seventh goal since signing on loan in January.
The 27-year-old smelt blood and chased a fourth, again testing Sirigu just before half time with a volley that flashed just wide.
The visitors recorded a rare attempt on goal just after the break when Kenan Kodro fired at goal, but David Soria – who made his league debut for Sevilla – saved comfortably.
But Sevilla’s dominance would not be shifted and Vázquez scored his second and Sevilla’s fourth on 60 minutes when he met Mariano's cross at the back post to tap in unmarked.
Correa’s influence was consistently impressive with Osasuna’s defence left stretched by his pace, and the 22-year-old – who has been called up to the Argentina squad this week – will consider himself unlucky to not be on the scoresheet after his effort that flashed just wide on 64 minutes.
Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder made an instant impression on the game when he replaced Jovetic, hooking the ball over his should into the path of Vitolo who beat two defenders to score into an open goal on 80 minutes for his sixth of the season.
The win secured the three points needed for Sevilla to record the second-highest points total in the club’s history, with fourth place and Champions League qualification already having been confirmed for next season.
5. SEVILLA FC: David Soria, Mariano, Krohn-Dehli (Pablo Sarabia, 82'), Escudero, Kranevitter, N’Zonzi, ‘Mudo’ Vázquez (Ganso, 61'), Vitolo, ‘Tucu’ Correa y Jovetic (Ben Yedder, 64').
0. CA OSASUNA: Sirigu, Oier, Steven, Vujadinovic, Clerc (Barja, minuto 74), Berenger, Roberto Torres (Olavide, 66'), Raoul Loé, Causic, Kenan Kodro (Fuentes, 61') and Oriol Riera.
GOALS: 1-0, 10': Vitolo. 2-0, 19': ‘Mudo’ Vázquez. 3-0, 35': Jovetic. 4-0, 60': ‘Mudo’ Vázquez. 5-0, 79': Vitolo.
REFEREE: Del Cerro Grande, Madrid. Yellow cards for Jovetic, Oier, N’Zonzi and Kranevitter.