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Seville continues without winning in Champions

Seville continues without winning in Champions

Sevilla is still without a win in the group stage of the Champions League and this Thursday they added their third draw in as many days of this phase, which leaves them second in the standings after the 0-0 in the field of Lille, team that neither knows how to win so far with two draws and one defeat.

Julen Lopetegui’s men returned to keep their clean sheet but again it was difficult for them to see the door in a match in which they were well in the first half, in which they were able to get ahead on the scoreboard, and worse in the second, although the team French didn’t harass them too much either.

Both started the game with the need to achieve their first triumph in this phase and more after knowing that Salzburg had beaten German Wolfsburg (3-1) at home, with which the Austrian team consolidates as the leader of the group.

Thus, a French triumph boosted him to second place from fourth and a Spanish victory settled him as second in the middle of the phase, in which these teams will meet again on the fourth day at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium.

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Lopetegui, again had the loss of the French central Jules Koundé, who traveled with the team but, in the end, he was not even on the bench due to a problem in his left knee, with which he joined the loss also due to injury to the Moroccan striker Youssef En-Ensyri, a situation that led to the Dutch Karim Rekik and Rafa Mir being his substitutes again.

Before them, the Lille coach, Jocelyn Gourvennec, had his foreseeable eleven, including the presence of his greatest figure, the Portuguese winger Renato Sanches, recovered from annoyances that kept him in doubt and who accompanied the Turk at the tip of the attack Burak Yilmaz.

Sevilla, true to their style of play, sought from the start to control the situation far from their goal, but had to work hard to achieve it given the impetus that the locals put in to link up with their two most advanced men.

Nothing happened in the areas until at twenty minutes a failure of the local goalkeeper, Croatian Ivo Grbic, at the exit of the ball gave Rafa Mir the opportunity, but his shot was rejected under sticks by the Portuguese central Tiago Djaló.

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Lille’s response came shortly before the half hour was up, this time on a ball lost by Argentine side Marcos Acuña, which Renato Saches took advantage of, although Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bono controlled the situation.

Two actions that awakened a game in which the visitors had more the ball, as in a couple of shots with the intention of the Argentine Lucas Oampos to which Grbic responded, although the locals also tried with a direct game in front of the advance of opponent’s lines.

In this tactical fight, it was the formation of Lopetegui that won the pulse as the game progressed to its rest, in which the Lille goalkeeper was active against the attempts of Sevilla with shots from a very participative Ocampos, Rafa Mir or Suso Fernández, although the lack of aim prevented the goal in the first half.

In the resumption, the same trend was maintained, a Sevilla with more possession and a Lille that waited to go against it and that saw how soon Lopetegui had to make a forced change due to Rekik’s injury, which gave entry to Joan Jordán and he rebuilt his defense, and even more so with the departure of Acuña, who also felt physical discomfort.

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These circumstances seemed to resent the visiting dominance, a team that found it difficult to finish attacking plays and that seemed physically fatigued in the final stretch of the clash, in which the 0-0 left a lot of uncertainty with a Lille who believed they could win and that Little by little he made Sevilla retreat, although never enough to change a tie that could be worth the Sevilla team.

– Data sheet:

0 – Lille: Grbic; Celik, Djaló, Fonte, Reinildo; David (Weah, m.82), Onana (Xeka, m.71), André, Bamba; Renato Sanches (Ikoné, m.71) and Burak Yilmaz.

0 – Seville: Bond; Jesús Navas, Diego Carlos, Rekik (Joan Jordán, m.57), Acuña (Augustinsson, m.64); Delaney, Fernando, Óliver Torres (Alejandro ‘Papu’ Gómez, m.64); Suso (Rakitic, m.74), Rafa Mir and Ocampos (Lamela, m.74).

Referee: Michael Oliver (England). He admonished the locals Celik (m.59), Ikoné (m.77), André (m.88) and Burak Yilmaz (m.92) and the visitor Lamela (m.87).

Incidents: Match of the third day in group G of the Champions League played at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in front of some 35,000 spectators -seventy percent of the capacity-, of them half a thousand Sevilla players. EFE (HN)

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