Joan Jordán celebrates his goal VfL Wolfsburg
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2-0: FIRST VICTORY IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND WE GO TO SALZBURG WITH KNOCK-OUT HOPES ALIVE

Jordán and Rafa Mir have left it all to play for against Salzburg

On a crucial night, Sevilla FC picked up their first win in the UEFA Champions League Group Stage. It did not prove particularly easy for the hosts, but they managed to beat VfL Wolfsburg thanks to an early goal by Joan Jordán, before Rafa Mir sealed the win with a goal deep into added time. In a match dominated by midfield duels and with practically no clear-cut chances, Julen Lopetegui's men managed to take home all three points that will give them the chance to progress to the last 16 in Salzburg in two weeks time. A win will send them through regardless but, in fact, they could even finish top of the group, depending on the result of Wolfsburg vs Lille.

Sevilla FC came out on top as soon as Munir kicked the match off, with the team knowing exactly what the match meant for them. After a few minutes, before the German side had barely touched the ball, Koundé had the first clear opportunity from a Papu Gómez corner, but his effort went straight at Pervan. However, it didn't take long for the opening goal to arrive. In the 12th minute, Rakitic sent a precise cross into the area, where an unmarked Jordán headed powerfully past the keeper.

A shot from Nmecha that ended up coming off the crossbar and into the arms of Bono that could have been a draw
Then there was a period where nothing happened at the Sánchez-Pizjuán but midway though the first half VfL Wolfsburg got into the match and for the first time broke into the game. A shot from distance by Nmecha was dangerous for Bono but Bono managed to divert it and it rebounded back off the Moroccan’s crossbar, creating danger at the back for the white and reds. Julen Lopetegui’s side were a bit uncomfortable until the referee signalled for half time but despite the intervention from Bono they got the ball back and forced mistakes in Sevilla’s passing. 

The game continued at the same pace in the second half as they first half had ended with Sevilla FC controlling the game and the visitors not threatening the Sevilla half in search on a draw. Fifteen minutes into the second half the home side had a good chance to add to the scoreboard with a shot from Ocampos that was deflected for a corner. A short while after Papu Gómez, who after winning the ball back, had a weak a shot at Pervan, but they were clearly in control of the game in Nervión. Montiel in the 72 minute had a good shot that went over from the right back.

Everything would be decided in the final third of the second half. Both teams had definitely upped the tempo and set the pace they wanted. VfL Wolfsburg made four substitutions in quick succession, while Lopetegui opted to change formation. Óliver Torres, Rafa Mir and Delaney were the first players chosen to freshen up the team in the last ten minutes of the game. Time was running out and, as the fans held their breath and gave the team a last push, the Germans tried to find spaces in a very well positioned Sevilla FC. 

Relief would come in the final minute of the game. With the Germans on the attack, Óliver Torres tried a shot with Wolfsburg's 'keeper out of goal. It wouldn't go in but in the next play Ocampos got down the wing and crossed it into Rafa Mir, on his own in the box, and he made it 2-0. We go to Salzburg with the intention of qualifying for the knock-out rounds knowing that it is in our hands.

 

GAME SUMMARY

2. SEVILLA FC: Bono, Montiel, Koundé, Diego Carlos (Rekik, 92'), Acuña, Fernando, Jordán (Delaney, 81'), Rakitic (Augustinsson, 92'), Ocampos, Papu Gómez (Ó. Torres, 79') and Munir (Rafa Mir, 79').

0. VFL WOLFSBURG: Pervan, Lacroix, Guilavogui, Brooks (Ginczek, 86'), Arnold, Vranckx (Lukebakio, 75'), Baku (Mbabu, 75'), Roussillon (Otavio, 75'), Nmecha, Gerhardt (Philipp, 66') and Weghorst.

GOALS: 1-0 Jordán, 12'. 2-0 Rafa Mir, 95'.

REFEREE: Cuneyt Cakir. Yellows for Fernando, Guilavogui and Arnold.

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