Sevilla FC overcame UD Almería in a key all-Andalusian clash.
In a match that was billed as a relegation six-pointer, we had to come from behind after conceding in the second minute. Fortunately, Lucas Ocampos made no mistake from the spot in first-half stoppage time before Erik Lamela scored the winner after the interval with a powerful header.
The clash got off to the worst start possible when the visitors struck first within 90 seconds. Ex-Sevilla man Pozo found himself free on the right flank and crossed to the unmarked Akieme, who made no mistake with his finish.
An early blow for Sevilla, who struggled to create any chances for an instant equaliser. There was also no real rhythm to the game, with Almería more than happy to take their time at set pieces and goal kicks, as well as the fact that they were forced into two very early changes due to injuries for Akieme and El Bilal.
Lucas Ocampos equalised just before the interval from the spot
While the ball was in play, the hosts were in complete control. They broke forward frequently, but were unable to break down a well-drilled Almería side nor test their goalkeeper, Fernando.
On the half-hour mark, Bono rose to clear an Almería free-kick but collided with Telles, and was forced off due to injury. Dmitrovic would come on in his place.
The equaliser would come just before half time. In the first minute of stoppage time, Telles got the better of Pozo on the left-hand side and was brought down. Lucas Ocampos took the responsibility of taking a real pressure penalty, and drilled it into the bottom corner.
The second half, on the other hand, was a more end-to-end affair, with both sides having multiple chances to score. The visitors went closest first when Luis Suárez broke clean through, but Dmitrovic was able to deny him. Nianzou injured himself while trying to catch up with the striker, and was replaced by Bryan.
Substitutes Bryan Gil and Erik Lamela combined for the winner
Sevilla then regained control of the clash. Rakitic and Bryan both had opportunities to score the team's second but could not find the target. At the other end, Badé was in the right place at the right time to clear an effort off the line.
In the end, it would be two substitutes who would combine for the winner and complete the comeback. Bryan Gil broke free on the left and crossed perfectly for Erik Lamela, who headed powerfully past Fernando.
The clash was not over, however, and Dmitrovic again had to be at his best, tipping a Luis Suárez header over the bar. En-Nesyri and Lamela then had golden chances to add a third and kill the match off, but failed to do so.
After an excruciating seven minutes of added time, De Burgos Bengoetxea finally brought the match to a close and confirmed a crucial win for Sevilla. Next up, in four days time, a trip to Istanbul to try and secure our ticket to the UEFA Europa League Quarter Finals.