EFE / Julio Muñoz
Sevilla put an end to their sweet moment on the least indicated night after losing to Borussia Dortmund (2-3) in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16, a duel marked by the outstanding performance of the Norwegian Erling Haaland, author of a doublet and architect of the first goal of the Germans.
Julen Lopetegui’s team had not lost since last January 12 and chose the worst scenario to do so. It started hard, took the lead, but was dwarfed by the Haaland gale. This year it does not seem that there can be European glory for a Seville that – sought to match its best historical classification in the ‘Champions’ – and ended with a disappointment.
An unbeatable start
The game was probably big for him, especially because of how he managed the advantage that Suso gave in the seven minutes. A lucky shot, with two rebounds in the yellow rear, made good the threat of the Cadiz, who converted his first goal in the maximum continental competition. The script was unbeatable for those of Nervión, fed up with confidence at the beginning.
It was then that the team led by Edin Terzic stepped forward and seized the ball with very high pressure. And when he did not, he found the opportunity in the long shot, such as Dahoud’s draw after being assisted by Haaland. The ball slipped through the very squad and extinguished the few green shoots that Sevilla already emanated.
The worst came later, in a quarter of an hour for the memory of the ‘borussers’. Haaland threw the team on his back and signed the second in a great combination with Sancho. The Norwegian international resolved with a subtle touch against Bono, who minutes before had prevented Borussia from taking the lead.
One minute before half-time, when it is worst digested, a loss by Rakitic and Papu Gómez – which cost the Croatian change at half-time – ended at 1-3, again in Haaland’s boots, their 17th goal in 13 games he has played in the ‘Champions’. A magnificent against Reus was made by the Nordic striker with a definition of many carats.
The Sevilla reaction
The game fell asleep even after the break, when a reaction from Sevilla was expected. The visitors stopped the game and dominated almost all the phases until Lopetegui activated the key with the changes. The presence of Óscar Rodríguez with the stopped ball gave hope to the Nervionense parish. From his boots came the best chance of the second act with a kick to the post.
In the next foul, the Talaverano decided to center and De Jong, with just enough, achieved 2-3 to give life to his team. And there was still a third free throw but this one went to the stands. The defeat could not be avoided at the Haaland festival, but at least – that final goal – left the candle burning for the return clash in Dortmund three weeks from now.
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