En-Nesyri celebrates
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En-Nesyri's late equaliser secured the point that was needed for Champions League qualification
Cuerpo Superior

Sevilla FC are a UEFA Champions League outfit once again. Tonight's hard-fought draw at the Wanda Metropolitano in the penultimate league match of the season sealed the one point that was necessary for Julen Lopetegui's side to confirm a top-four finish. As the match drew towards its conclusionEn-Nesyri rose highest in the area to head beyond Oblak, cancelling out Giménez's opener and securing a place in the Champions League. The visit of Athletic Club now has significantly less pressure riding on the tie, but Sevilla will still look to finish third by bettering Atlético's result in San Sebastián. However, the team have fulfiled this season's objective after a gruelling ten monthsand will be able to celebrate with their fans next Sunday at the Sánchez-Pizjuán

Sevilla FC suffered in the first halfand they not only went into the break a goal behind. Real Betis were leading at home to Granada CF, which further piled the pressure on the team as our cross-city rivals looked to leapfrog us into Europe's elite competition. Sevilla did not start well in the capital, with the hosts having early chances from Luis Suárez and Reinildo, but neither could hit the target. Those early chances forced the visitors into creating some of their own, particularly through En-Nesyriwho came close with an effort on the counterbut the Moroccan could only drag it wide. However, a few minutes later, Atlético took the lead. Giménez met Carrasco's corner at the near post and headed high beyond Bono. With both Betis leading and Sevilla trailing, Sevilla led their rivals by just two points and would not be able to secure a top-four finish on the night. No further chances came about before the break. 

Cuerpo Inferior

Sevilla FC pushed forward in the second half and had shots, but the hosts also came close to extending their lead

Lopetegui made a double change at the interval, bringing on Tecatito and Jesús Navas for Ocampos and the already-cautioned Montiel. It was the Mexican who would create the first opportunity of the halfas he broke down the left wingbut he could not find a teammate. Gudelj would then block a shot from Carrasco moments later. The match became quite end-to-end at that point, with Oblak keeping out a long-range effort from Papu. Luis Suárez then looked to score on his final home appearance for Atléticobut his header went wide. Papu was then again denied by Oblak. 

That end-to-end nature of the match began to dry up after 60 minutes, and two more substitutes were introduced in the form of Óliver Torres and Rafa Mir as Lopetegui looked for an equaliser. However, it was the hosts who would closest, with Bono making a crucial save to deny Carrasco's powerful driveSavic then went close after a free-kick, with Sevilla FC struggling to stay afloat. They would gradually push on as they went all-out for the leveller. En-Nesyri nearly met a Navas cross with a quarter of an hour remainingbefore sending a powerful header from Óliver Torres' onto the crossbar just a few minutes later

En-Nesyri hit the bar with ten minutes to go after a cross from Óliver Torres

The goal finally came. Deserved, of course, based on their late efforts and their bad luck in recent matches. Sevilla FC did deserve itas did the goalscorerYoussef En-NesyriFootball owed him some luckand he owed it to SevillaAnother Óliver Torres cross found the Moroccanbut this time the strikerrunning onto the ball from the edge of the areawas able to beat the Slovenian keeper with a lowdriven header. That means that Sevilla FC are once again a Champions League sideand will not have to face any last-day drama when Athletic Club visit the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. The team suffered until Sánchez Martínez finally blew for full time, with Bono untroubled during the five minutes of added time.


1. ATLÉTICO DE MADRID: Oblak, Llorente (Felipe, 77'), Savic, Giménez, Reinildo, Kondogbia, Koke, De Paul (Herrera, 77'), Carrasco, Griezmann (Correa, 69') and Suárez (Cunha, 64').

1. SEVILLA FC: Bono, Montiel (Jesús Navas, 46'), Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña, Gudelj (Rekik, 74'), Delaney, Rakitic (Ó. Torres, 56'), Papu Gómez (Rafa Mir, 56'), Ocampos (Tecatito, 46') and En-Nesyri.

GOALS: 1-0 Giménez, 30'. 1-1 En-Nesyri, 85'.

REFEREE: Sánchez Martínez. Bookings for Montiel, Kondogbia, Rafa Mir, Koke and Acuña.