Match reports


A defensively resolute and opportunistic Sevilla secured a hugely important victory in Jose Luis Mendilibar's first match with goals from Ocampos and En-Nesyri in the second half
Cuerpo Superior

It was important to win, and this time Sevilla FC did it, something they hadn't done away from home since October. It came against a Cadiz team battling relegation who were undefeated at home since September. With new coach Mendilibar in the dugout, the team avoided errors and took their chances in the opponent's penalty area. A goal from Ocampo and a long ball from Bade that Bryan cushioned for En-Nesyri to finish after going through one-on-one proved to be the difference to get three vital points. 

Cadiz's made a good start and had an early shot on goal. It came from a shot on the half-turn that Gudelj blocked for a corner. This brief Cadiz dominance turned around as Mendilibar's team managed to take control of the ball, always looking forward and trying to link with the wingers, especially on the left, where Acuna overlapped Bryan. From that flank, Gil set up En-Nesyri in the eighth minute, but the Moroccan did not find the target in his shot. Just two minutes later, a corner kick was taken by Rakitic and a powerful header by En-Nesyri went wide. Both teams opted for possessions without too much risk and attacked in spurts, such as the counter-attack launched by Bryan halfway through the first half that ended in a shot that went wide from En-Nesyri.

The first half finished without many dangeorus chances for either side 

Casi en la siguiente jugada, el que probó fue Ocampos, tras aprovechar una mala entrega del meta David Gil para disparar junto al palo pero sin fuerza suficiente. Apenas se acercaban los gaditanos a la meta de un Dmitrovic bien defendido, y cuando el Sevilla lo intentaba lo hacía sin el necesario peligro. Pasada ya la media hora, un centro de Acuña lo remataba Gudelj en una nueva melé en el área cadista, otra vez por encima del larguero. Ahí se acababa lo noticiable de una primera parte que claramente denotó la situación complicada de ambos contendientes, que dejaron para la segunda parte la resolución final del choque. Por suerte, no hubo que esperar mucho más para que Ocampos golpease primero para los hispalenses, con córner botado al primer palo por Rakitic que despeja David Gil y la deja muerta, para que el argentino remate mordido y la cuele justo donde no había ningún obstáculo.

In the next attack, it was Ocampos's turn to try his luck taking advantage of a weak kick from goalkeeper David Gil to shoot, but it lacked power. The Cadiz team had limited attacking chances. with Dmitrovic's goal well defender but when Sevilla attacked there couldn't find the finish. With 30 minutes played Acuña's cross was headed down by Gudelj with Cadiz managing to scramble the ball away at the last minute. Those were the key moments of a first half that lacked chances. 

In the second half, it didn't take long for Ocampos to strike first for Sevilla, with a corner whipped into the near post by Rakitic, from which the Argentine scored. 

Ocampos broke the deadlock early into the second half 


Cádiz pushed forward with everything they had and forced Sevilla to defend and show the reliability they had been lacking in recent matches. The center-backs held their position well and Dmitrovic was there when needed. Lozano had a chance right after coming on and Fali's rebound from a corner kick produced the clearest chance for the Cadiz team in the whole match.

Shortly after a long ball from Badé from his own area was superbly controlled by Bryan, who then assisted En-Nesyri, who found the space to beat Gil low. With 15 minutes left former Sevilla player Chris Ramos had a chance that forced Dmitrovic to save at his near post. 

Late on, on a counterattack it could have been even more with Oliver having a chance to score after a pass from Lamela. But it didn't matter as Sevilla secured the three points to move five points above the relegation zone. They are now looking ahead to Good Friday and the challenge of RC Celta Vigo. Lucas Ocampos will miss the match due to the accumulation of yellow cards, but Fernando Reges will be available again. 



Cuerpo Inferior


0. CÁDIZ CF: David Gil, Parra (Lozano, 80'), Luis Hernández, Fali, Espino, Alcaraz, Fede San Emeterio (José Mari, 80'), Alejo (Bongonda, 60'), Sobrino, Negredo (Chris Ramos, 60') and Sergi Guardiola.

2. SEVILLA FC: Dmitrovic, Jesús Navas, Badé, Gudelj, Acuña (Alex Telles, 86'), Joan Jordán, Gueye, Ocampos (Óliver Torres, 86'), Bryan Gil (Suso, 75'), Rakitic (Lamela, 70)' and En-Nesyri.

GOALS: Ocampos, 51' and Bryan Gil, 74' 

REFEREE: César Soto Grado. Yellow cards for Badé, Ocampos, Bryan Gil, Pape Gueye, Iván Alejo, Sobrino and Parra.