Sevilla FC against Almería
Match reports


Goals from En-Nesyri, Lukebakio, Suso, Lamela and Kike Salas secured a dominant and deserved Sevilla victory over Almería who converted a consolation from a dubious penalty
Cuerpo Superior

This was a confidence-boosting win on a raucous autumn night at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán, with the five-goal haul and comprehensive nature of victory both equally impressive. In another lightning start, Mendilibar's side were two up within eight minutes thanks to the opener from En-Nesyri and a fantastic Lukebakio strike. Before the break, with Almería showing signs of recovery, the three points were effectively secured when Suso added a third, followed up by Lamela making it four at the start of the second half. The home side deserved an even greater lead, underlined by the team's fifth, and Lukebakio's second, being ruled out for a debatable foul before Navas conceded a dubious penalty for a foul on Ramazzani that Luis Suárez converted to give Vicente Moreno a consolation. Kike Salas then put extra glamour on the scoreline with a superb stoppage-time fifth.

In front of our own fans, the home side started brightly for the third game running. After taking the lead early against RC Lens, Sevilla turned the screw to turn a fast start into a dominant win this time out, killing the game off before half-time. A quickfire double in the seventh and eighth minute transformed the game. First, Badé struck the woodwork with a header, with En-Nesyri heading home the rebound as Maximiano unable to keep out the Moroccan's effort. Then, in a move that came directly from the Almería restart, Lukebakio scored a scintillating second after dancing through to the edge of the box and slamming past the visiting keeper and into the top right corner. Sevilla were superior throughout and unrelenting in attack, with two Suso corners causing havoc in the away penalty area.

In less than two minutes, En-Nesyri and Lukebakio put the game out of reach

Lukebakio added a second to the scoresheet, courtesy of a first-time pass from Lamela from the left-hand side of the pitch. Almería enjoyed their best spell of the first half following the restart after the second goal, but the stadium erupted when Suso cut in from the right to find space and score a trademark goal at the near post seven minutes before the break. Sevilla did not stop there, dominating the opposition penalty area for the rest of the half, with two chances from En-Nesyri, one at the near post and the other over the crossbar. The team received a standing ovation when the half-time whistle blew, but did not let up, and within six minutes of the restart they had scored their fourth. Lamela received Pedrosa's pass, after a great change of direction by Lukebakio. Shortly afterwards, the Belgian striker himself was denied a fifth after being fouled in the box, only for the referee to signal to play on.

With the game entering the closing stages, Mendilibar brought on Soumaré and Januzaj before  Luis Suárez pulled a goal back from the penalty spot after Navas was adjudged to have committed a foul in the box on Ramazzani. Sevilla then comfortably saw on the remaining minutes against the opposition. Rafa Mir and Kike Salas added some fresh energy from the bench and it was Salas who added the cherry on top after he smashed in a fifth to round off the win.



Cuerpo Inferior


5. SEVILLA FC: Nyland, Jesús Navas, Badé, Gudelj, Pedrosa (Kike Salas, 84'), Fernando, Sow (Januzaj, 65'), Suso, Lamela, Lukebakio (Soumaré, 65') and En-Nesyri (Rafa Mir, 84').

1. UD ALMERÍA: Maximiano, Pozo (Mendes, 81'), César Montes (Kaiky, 64'), Edgar, Centelles, Baba, Lopy (Ramazani, 63'), Arribas, Melero, Luis Suárez and Koné (Puigmal, 63').

GOAL: 1-0, 7': En-Nesyri; 2-0, 8' : Lukebakio; 3-0, 38': Suso; 4-0, 51' : Lamela; 4-1: Luis Suárez pen, 71'; 5-1: Kike Salas, 90+2'.

REFEREE: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández. Yellow cards for Jesús Navas, Suso, Lamela, Kaik and Baba.