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Haaland extinguishes the flame of Sevilla’s dream

Sevilla received a hard blow in the face of their aspirations in the Champions League when they met a stellar Haaland and Borussia Dortmund who managed to surprise Lopetegui’s men with a 2-3 in their field despite the fact that the locals went ahead very soon with a goal from Suso.

Sevilla, with Jesús Navas back in an eleven in which the power of Ocampos was missing, they were promised very happy with the dreamed start, when Suso grabbed a ball in front of the area and threw a left-footed shot that, after giving on a defense, he surprised goalkeeper Hitz. The occasion was historic for Sevilla, who are looking for their third appearance in the quarterfinals in their history, but as a result the German team was shaking off all the doubts they have in the Bundesliga and that had motivated their status as favorite in the league to be discussed. eliminatory to do real damage to the counter with the figure of Haaland enlarging with each snatch. The Norwegian giant made the first goal and scored the next two to freeze Sánchez-Pizjuán at half-time.

First he protected a ball on the wing to take it to the edge of the area and there put Dahoud face for his shoe. Dortmund had tied before 20 minutes and at 27 they were already leading the score with a spectacular gallop from the Nordic and the wall with Sancho.

Sevilla was broken and the additions above Fernando to add one more cash to the attack would continue to pay quite dearly with the third goal, in a loss of Rakitic and Papu that ended with another acceleration from Haaland two minutes before the break.

Lopetegui was forced to move things to lift that and chose to cut the bleeding with Gudelj in the field and changing the system, anchoring Fernando in a defense of three centrals to stop Haaland as it was.

Later, he put more arsenal on the field with De Jong, Munir, and the break from Óliver Torres and Óscar Rodríguez, who had the opportunity to close the gap with his specialty, the free-kick. He threw one to the post (74 ‘) and with it moved the faith of his own, but the company was difficult. Another goal, the second, from De Jong, also came from the talaverano’s dead ball marker, but he would not give for more.

Sevilla, who stopped their winning streak in 9 wins and Bono’s unbeaten record in 730 minutes, will have to lift a difficult result at Iduna Park, where they must win by two goals difference.

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DATA SHEET:

Seville: Bonus; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Escudero; Jordán (Óscar Rodríguez, m.72), Fernando, Rakitic (Gudelj, m.46); Suso (Munir, m.60), En-Nesyri (De Jong, m.60) and Papu Gómez (Óliver Torres, m.60).

3 – Borussia Dortmund: Hitz; Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro (Passlack, m.76); Dahoud (Meunier, m.88), Emre Can, Bellingman; Reus (Brandt, m.80), Sancho; and Haaland.

Goals: 1-0, M.07: Suso. 1-1, M.19: Dahoud. 1-2, M.27: Haaland. 1-3, M.43: Haaland. 2-3, M.84: De Jong.

Referee: Danny Makkelie (Netherlands). He admonished the visitor Hummels (m.73) and the locals Óscar Rodríguez (m.84) and his coach, Julen Lopetegui (m.94).

Incidents: First leg of the Champions League round of 16 played at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium. No public due to health protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic. The UEFA president, Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia, attended the meeting.