The Copa del Rey 2022/23 is over for Sevilla FC. A far cry from the image they had before the World Cup break, Sevilla were a team who wanted to win, who had clear chances and who did not stop believing until they managed to force extra time through En-Nesyri in the fifth minute of stoppage time, equalising Chimy Ávila's goal.
However, they had another mountain to climb, as an unforced error in the first half of extra time was capitalised on by Abde, with quality and assuredness, to turn the scoreline back against Sampaoli's side. There was still time left, but they lacked the energy to get back on their feet against Arrasate's side, who were strong in what they do best.
An Osasuna-Sevilla cup tie is, in the minds of most older Sevillistas, synonymous with a tough game. However, this was not the case in a great first half at El Sadar. Sampaoli's side came out of the half very much in the game and were better than the Osasuna side, avoiding play in midfield and sending balls to the flanks for a chance to score.
Rakitic got through on the right after a quarter of an hour for the first big chance, but David García, faced with two opponents coming forward, dealt with it for the corner, almost skimming the right-hand post of Sergio Herrera's goal. The next move came from Lamela, from the edge of the area, who had a powerful attempt on goal, but the ball went wayward after touching a player from Navarre. Sevilla were feeling confident, closing down well at the back and at times harassing Osasuna in their own half.
A great first half for Sevilla, who were the better side despite not finding the net
Before the midway point of the first half they had another chance on the counter, very well launched by Lamela from the centre. However, the opening on the left for Rafa Mir did not result in a sufficiently powerful shot. Arrasate's men, on the other hand, only had one half-chance that came on 26 minutes, after a cross from the side that was met at the far post by Kike Barja, who struggled to finish.
At the half-hour mark, Rafa Mir responded again with a chance that allowed him to control and hit the ball on the bounce, but the shot went high. In the last quarter of an hour before the break, the chances disappeared but not the intensity of Sevilla, who continued to outplay their opponents in a great first half far removed from the image of recent months.
En-Nesyri's last-minute equaliser was not enough to see off Osasuna
The second half did not start in the same vein as the first had done, with Osasuna pressing and looking to test Bono, who replaced Dmitrovic at half-time. Eight minutes after the restart, Avila had a great chance from close range after latching onto a ball into the box. Yet, our Moroccan shot-stopper remarkably kept the ball out. Sevilla seemed to be recovering, with a venomous cross from Lamela forcing Herrera into a save and Rafa Mir almost scored from Acuña’s ball.
As we know in football though, if you don’t take your chances, you will be punished. Ávila finished expertly after he was passed the ball by Rubén García, and there was nothing Bono could do. A very painful blow for Sevilla, who were slow to react. Navas and En-Nesyri came on, Óliver had been the second substitution, and Osasuna looked to finish the game off, creating a few more chances.
There were seconds left when Suso sent a tempting ball into the box where En-Nesyri was lurking. The Moroccan scored and forced the game into extra time. Osasuna looked a little lost against a Sevilla side spurred on by the late goal. However, after a mistake, Abde found himself in space on the left, who dribbled before putting the ball into the back of the net, meaning his team went ahead once again.
Sampaoli sent his team forward and there was still time to get another goal, but the only shot on-target was from Jordán ten minutes from time, which Herrera turned round for a corner. A setback for Sevilla who, on the positive side, showed their competitive spirit, but were dumped out of the cup quarterfinals at El Sadar.