Any Sevilla fan who stopped watching tonight's game with ten minutes to go will find it hard to understand why the tie against PSV Eindhoven was so narrowly contested. Up until then, Sampaoli's side were in control and deserved the winner. However, a De Jong strike gave the Dutch side hope, and the former Sevilla man had his second disallowed for offside.
And just when it looked like the scare was going to be forgotten, Fabio Silva scored his side's second in the fifth minute of extra time to leave them a goal away from reaching extra time. There was barely time for one more attack and Sevilla FC will be in the draw, but only after a tough spell that no one expected with ten minutes to go.
The first hiccup was the last-minute withdrawal of Bono and it was almost assumed that PSV would make a similar start to the one they had seen in Nervión, with the Dutch looking to get into the tie early. However, the game started in a very controlled manner, with the Sevilla players being very firm in moving the ball around and being solid at the back to deny the balls to De Jong and the pace of Simons. In fact, Bakayoko's cross, which the ex-Sevilla man headed over the top via Nianzou, was practically the only thing PSV attempted in the whole of the first half. Sevilla, meanwhile, did not rush and tried to get forward on the flanks, especially on the left with the double threat of Acuña and Bryan Gil. The forward, in fact, had a couple of attacking moves of great technical quality, passing between opponents, which unfortunately did not come to fruition.
A determined Sevilla had the clearest chance of the first half against a lacklustre PSV side.
Earlier, perhaps the clearest clearance of the first half came from Alex Telles, who finished a free-kick from a foul on Rakitic, still in the 15th minute, very close to the top left-hand corner of Benítez's goal. The idea was to prevent PSV from believing they were capable of turning the tie around and in that respect Sevilla were smart. On the half-hour mark, again down the left, Acuña crossed well for En-Nesyri to glance home before Benítez was on hand to save. Before the break, and with possession very much shared, Bryan had another chance with a shot after getting away from two opponents, but the ball ended up in the corner to practically end a more than tidy first half for Sampaoli's side.
When it looked like we were heading through, de Jong's goal changed the calm atmosphere completely
Fortunately, things didn't change much as the game restarted. In fact, the connection between Bryan and En-Nesyri almost saw us go infront, with a lovely through ball played by the Spaniard for the Moroccan, who stung the gloves of Benítez. There was no other option for Van Nistelrooy apart from going all out in attack and bringing on a second striker, which he did with the introduction of Fabio Silva, who was joined on the pitch by Mauro Junior. Sampaoli's response was to bring on Ocampos and Suso, who he hoped would make the most of the space left by the Dutch side in the final third. Just before this double substitution, Rakitic almost made it 1-0 with a shot that hit the bar.
But PSV kept on fighting until the end and with twenty minutes to go, gave their all to get themselves back into the tie. Bakayoko, the Belgian, forced Dmitrović into a save from a tight angle before smashing the ball over the ball at the rebound attempt. With the game unfolding like this, Eindhoven were forced to play the ball into de Jong who scored a goal, nutmegging our keeper after beating Fernando in the air.
With this goal, there was just over 10 minutes to go in a game which had not proved to be too dangerous for us until this moment. From then, it looked like the worst might happen. Almost immediately, de Jong scored a second but it was disallowed owing to Fabio Silva being in an offside position when he made the assist.
Sevilla knew how to stay strong for the following minutes and it looked like the full-time whistle would come with the scores like this, but a incident meant the game went on for longer than expected and in these minutes Fabio Silva scored the home side's second. PSV now only needed one more goal to force the game into extra-time and there was time for one more attack, which Nianzou did well to stop. Despite a lot of uncertainty over whether the game had finished, the referee blew his whistle and Sevilla is now in the Last 16 of the Europa League.