Six points in six have proven that this team is still willing, ready and able to give everything for European football next season. Without paying attention to the ins and outs of the opponents - who would eventually start with their strongest available team - Sevilla managed to triumph in an absolute classic and pick up three invaluable points in the race for Europa League football. First-half goals from Ben Yedder and Layún would give Sevilla their base - one which would be built on by a combination of Mercado and a fortunate deflection to make it three - and consolations from Mayoral and Ramos would not be enough for Madrid. A fine performance and momentum to take into El Gran Derbi.
The match started with all the intensity that was expected, though Caparrós could not be as daring with his starting eleven as he had been in his first game against Real Sociedad. The Nervionenses took no early risks, staying safe at the back and fighting for every ball in the centre of the field as if it were the last. An inside ball from Escudero for Vázquez was the first warning shot Sevilla would fire, though Ramos would be there to block the ball before the Argentine could trouble Casilla. Casemiro would respond with a tricky effort for Soria to get hold of but the keeper would deny the midfielder well. As the early exchanges passed, Sevilla started to find their escape routes and find the feet of a Wissam Ben Yedder. Holding the ball up expertly, the Frenchman would carve a wonderful chance for Miguel Layún just after the twenty-minute mark but the Mexican wouldn't find the connection needed to find the target.
As the early exchanges passed, Sevilla started to find their escape routes and find the feet of a Wissam Ben Yedder
Not five minutes later, Ben Yedder would be at the centre of attention once again, this time providing the side with a clinical finish to break the deadlock. A long ball forward from a returning Nico Pareja would find the head of Luis Muriel, who starting on the wing, flicked the ball on perfectly to the Frenchman. Under heavy pressure from Ramos, he would make no mistake when sliding the ball under Casilla. With the Sánchez-Pizjuán rocking, Sevilla now found comfort in their play - conceding few chances and creating well. With the hosts taking far more control of the ball, things even started to look uneven and Sevilla had their tails up. Vázquez would nearly scramble the ball in to make Sevilla's dominance pay, but would see his chance cleared off the line by Nacho. Fortunately, Sevilla wouldn't have to wait long before finding a second.