Written by Patrick Echatah
The situation for the Andalusian giants could have been much better, but Sevilla are still in a strong position to advance to yet another Europa League final.
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Youssef En-Nesyri appeared to have scored the game’s only goal in the first half, giving the hosts a crucial advantage in their semi-final match against Juventus. However, the hosts equalized in the 97th minute to ensure a draw in Turin.
Despite Juventus’ late goal, Jose Luis Mendilibar expressed satisfaction with his team’s overall performance in post-game remarks (via Marca).
“It’s a pity. It is what it is. The referee let the game continue and we were not able to defend the corner. We leave happy because we had a great game, and we were able to stop Juventus. We have to think about the whole game, not just the last second.”
The second leg of the winner-takes-all match between Sevilla and Juventus at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan is scheduled for next Thursday. Mendilibar’s team will be aiming for additional Europa League triumphs, buoyed by their home crowd.
Sevilla has struggled to replace Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde, who together formed the finest defense in La Liga last season, but it seems they may be able to rebuild at the back.
Due to a combination of injuries and growing pains, Marcao and Tanguy Nianzou have found it difficult to make an impact, although Loic Bade, a January loan acquisition, has been productive since joining the team.
The 23-year-old has contributed to their defense’s improvement and helped them get to the Europa League semifinals. He is on loan from Rennes and has a €12 million buy option in his contract.
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