They had to win and they did. A convincing performance means Sevilla are taking all three points back to Andalusia after Óliver's brace and a third from Munir
On Tuesday evening, Sevilla FC turned in their most pleasing performance since LaLiga resumed and picked up three precious points in the capital. Óliver Torres scored a first-half brace and typified the Sevillistas performance. The second half was played at a slower pace and Leganés could have taken more of the initiative, but Lopetegui's men finished the match off after Munir finished with aplomb.
Leganés came into the clash with hope as they lack real options to survive, but, knowing their manager, the best course of action was to clip their wings and Sevilla did exactly that. In the first minute, En-Nesyri was played in by Ocampos and broke free, but was unable to score the opener. He would have another chance minutes later after a Navas rebound, but again his shot was off target. Leganés rarely threatened and only Roque Mesa, with a pair of long-range efforts, gave Vaclík anything to do.
Sevilla were able to get forward with ease
All that was left to do was opening the scoring, and Óliver Torres did just that midway through the first half. Awaziem cleared the corner and the man from Extremadura fired home from the edge of the box, with a slight deflection taking the ball beyond Cuéllar. The gates had opened and Suso also went close after cutting in from the right. Guerrero then had Leganés's best chance of the night from a Bryan cross, but Vaclík got down to his left superbly to deny him. That miss would prove to be hugely costly for the side from the capital.
Barely a minute later, Jesús Navas released Óliver from the right-hand side, who calmly slotted beyond Cuéllar to double Sevilla's lead. There were ten minutes remaining of the half with five minutes added time too. Leganés recovered some possession and began to test Vaclík, but were unable to get back into the game. The second half began with Leganés pressing more and using loanee Bryan Gil as a focal point. On the hour, Banega was Sevilla's first substitution, replacing Suso.
The second half was different as Sevilla did not take risks, before killing the match off
Lopetegui was fully aware that the opponents had to be the one to take risks, and Sevilla were more static in the second half as Leganés looked to pull one back. Fernando came on to sure up the defence while Munir gave the side more energy in attack. Suso and Jordán were withdrawn as the side look to stay fresh in the final straight.
90 minutes can make any LaLiga side equal to another, but quality makes the difference and Munir killed the match off with ten minutes remaining. A Navas cross was cleared to him on the edge of the box, and he beat Rosales before curling his effort beyond Cuéllar into the bottom corner - a third goal in four games for the attacker. With Getafe facing Real Madrid and Villarreal travelling to Heliópolis, it remains to be seen if Sevilla FC will tighten their grip on fourth place this week.
0. CD LEGANÉS: Cuéllar, Rosales, Bustinza, Omeruo (Awaziem, 7'), Silva, Recio (Assalé, 55'), Amadou, Roque Mesa (Ruibal, 55'), Bryan (Garrido, 80'), Avilés (Rubén Pérez, 55') and Guerrero.
3. SEVILLA FC: Vaclík, Jesús Navas (Sergi Gómez, 87'), Koundé, Diego Carlos, Reguilón, Gudelj, Óliver Torres (Munir, 71'), Jordán (Fernando, 71'), Ocampos, Suso (Banega, 62') and En Nesyri (De Jong, 87').
GOALS: 0-1, 23': Óliver Torres; 0-2, 35': Óliver Torres; 0-3, 82': Munir.
REFEREE: César Soto Grado, from La Rioja. Yellow cards for Amadou, Roque Mesa, Garrido, Koundé, Gudelj, Joan Jordán and Ocampos.