Banega del Sevilla FC ante el Wolves


Bono saved an early penalty from Jiménez to keep the scores level, before a late Ocampos header sent Sevilla into the semi finals, where they will face United
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That feeling once again. Once again, on the brink of glory. Sevilla FC are into the semi finals in this unusual UEFA Europa League, after a match that was very different to the win against Roma. After a strong start by the English side, including Bono saving a penalty, the Nervionenses began to dominate, but were unable to find that decisive goal until the 88th minute, with that man Lucas Ocampos scoring yet again. Banega whipped in a cross and the Argentine's header left Rui Patricio well beaten.

Sevilla were warned very early on about the speed of Wolves in transition, and they saw that within the opening minute, as Raul Jiménez tested Bono after heading a cross from Adama. The side from the West Midlands were the more active side, and Dendoncker also went close as he met a free kick in the box, but their best chance came in the 11th minute.

Diego Carlos could not avoid conceding a penalty, but Bono's save kept the scores level

Adama went on a long, surging run before being brought down in the box by Diego Carlos, leaving the referee with an easy decision to make. There were no protests as he awarded Wolves a penalty. Jiménez took it, Bono guessed correctly and pushed his effort away. A real let-off for Sevilla FC, who kept more control of the ball afterwards, and did not have to suffer from Wolves' counter attacks. However, the Nervionenses did not trouble Rui Patricio due to the good defensive work of Nuno's men. Long-range efforts from Suso, Ocampos and Jordán were the only real efforts in the first half, but the scoreline remained goalless at the break. 

Cuerpo Inferior

Things did not change too much after the break. Sevilla wanted the ball as to avoid facing counter attacks, and Wolves were able to keep their opponents at bay, despite dropping back. The Blanquirrojos began to take the upper hand and moved forward, and had the first chance of the second half after good work from Navas and Ocampos, but Dendoncker cleared as Jordán came charging into the box. En-Nesyri also had a chance at the near post after hurdling two challenges, but Rui Patricio denied him with no real problems.

Wolves dropped further back and paid the price

The English side retreated further, and Adama was substituted. His replacement, the Portuguese Jota, did create some counter attacks but Sevilla recovered the ball without hesitation. Banega also had a free kick tipped over by Rui Patricio, but the Argentine would wait until the 88th minute to show off his ability. A short corner from Suso found its way to Banega, who whipped it in for Ocampos, who towered above the defence to score the only goal of the match.

A tired Wolves side were unable to respond to the Argentine's first goal for Sevilla in European competition, meaning the Nervionenses are into the UEFA Europa League semi finals for the sixth time in their history. They will face a foe they have faced before - Manchester United. That match will take place in Cologne on Sunday at 21:00 CET, with a place in the final up for grabs.


0. WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS FC: Rui Patrício, Boly, Coady, Saïss, Doherty, Dendonker, Rubén Neves, Moutinho (Neto, 71'), Vinagre, Adama Traoré (Diogo Jota, 79') and Raúl Jiménez.

1. SEVILLA FC: Bono, Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Reguilón, Fernando, Joan Jordán (Franco Vázquez, 85'), Banega, Ocampos, Suso (Munir, 89') and En-Nesyri (De Jong, 84').

GOALS: 0-1, 88': Ocampos;

REFEREE: Daniele Orsato, from Italy. Bookings for Diego Carlos, Saïss and Rubén Neves.