Sevilla FC managed to seal all three points with a deserved victory against league leaders Atlético de Madrid. The hosts dominated proceedings and did not allow the side from the capital to impose themselves on the match. Marcos Acuña put the finishing touch on a great team performance, as he found himself unmarked at the back post to head home a cross from Jesús Navas. The goal from the Argentine brought up another home win as the Nervionenses edge closer to Champions League qualification, as well as equalling their record points tally at this stage of the season, drawing level with the 14/15 and 16/17 seasons.
The man from Zapala, who made his 29th appearance for the club yesterday, rounded off a solid performance with his first goal for the club, with what was his first shot on target since joining in the close season. A shot and a goal to continue shaping a year that has been nothing short of excellent for the Argentine international. In fact, Acuña's goal was the first header scored by a Sevilla defender from open play in LaLiga since November 2012, when Fazio scored in El Gran Derbi.
The Argentine full back has played in 29 matches for Sevilla FC this season, with one goal and three assists
The number 19 has now joint a select list of players alongside Dani Alves (February 2007) to score against Atlético de Madrid thanks to a Jesús Navas assist, with just four of his 77 LaLiga assists being scored by defenders. Acuña, known as El Huevo (The Egg), now has a goal to go alongside his three assists this season, with one in each competition: LaLiga, Champions League and the Copa del Rey, as well as over 2,000 minutes of action.
The Argentine has really fallen on his feet since his signing in September, and he is demonstrating that down the left-hand side. He imposes himself on the game with his intensity and his innate grit, and is a constant presence in the opposition half, causing problems all the way to the byline with his attacking talent. Forgetting about Reguilón after his strong season in 2019/20 was never going to be easy, but Marcos Acuña has more than proven himself this season, despite missing a significant number of matches due to injury.