After Tuesday night's performance in the cup against Levante, we were all expecting big things. And on Saturday against Granada, they delivered. Sevilla FC made their home turf a fortress once again as they beat a determined Granada side by two first-half goals. After ten minutes, De Jong scored a super header and about 20 minutes later, Nolito dinked the ball delightfully over the goalkeeper to make it 2 nil. The second half was more or less a timid affair; although if one team were going to score, it would have been the home side.
Avoiding the outcome of the last two home league games was a must this evening, and it was accomplished by a Sevilla side who were determined to assert their authority from the off. Three minutes had gone whenever the first chance came for the home side, as an Ocampos strike hit the post and a rebound pounced on by Fernando was deflected on its way towards goal. This was the first stage of play of the night; and in the second, the first goal came. And it came in a magnificent way through our number 19: Luuk de Jong.
Ocampos fired a warning shot in the first few minutes and De Jong scored the first of the night just minutes later
It was a cross from the right-hand side by Jesús Navas and the Dutch striker met it with a beautiful header, as it sailed right into the top corner of Granada's net. Things started off great, however they may have gone awry if it weren't for VAR. For the first time since it was installed in Nervión, the referee used it to overturn a penalty which he had previously given for a supposed foul by Diego Carlos inside the area. The incident took place before the ball was in play, and therefore the Granada free-kick was retaken as Sevilla avoided facing a penalty.