Sevilla’s title challenger since Puerta’s death


The European Super Cup This is the cursed competition for Sevilla. Although it won one, the first it played, the Andalusian entity cannot say the same about the idyll it maintains in the Europa League, a tournament where it is the insulting dominator with 7 titles won and which it won each time reaching the quarterfinals.of graduation.

Sevilla, since they won it brilliantly in 2006 with 0-3 against Guardiola’s best Barça (who they face again this Wednesday in Athens with City in charge), have lost every game they have played, and there are many.

The Andalusian team had a great, fantastic debut in its golden year and a half, between 2006 and 2007 (five titles with Juande Ramos). That Seville, which was like a rocket after winning the UEFA Eindhoven in Middlesbrough 4-0, had a snack with Barça de los Puyol, Deco, Ronaldinho and a young Xavi. An 0-3 with the memorable Star Gate. He made a monster play in which the captain culé threw himself to hunt him down and passed like a shadow. He then took a penalty which Maresca converted. Then Kanoute and Renato scored.

But the history of the Super Cups will be black because Antonio Puerta died just a few days before his next final, also in Monaco, against Milan. Sevilla took the lead, but the Italian team was physically and mentally stronger. The whites come from an endless funeral, after a match was suspended in Athens, before the Champions League, against AEK. UEFA does not want to postpone a Super Cup that, even with a defeat (3-1), is dedicated to the fallen idol.

The curse of extensions

Later, Sevilla could not win and like a curse, the extensions went before the whites. In this edition, UEFA has removed it. The last was in 2020 in Budapest, where Julen Lopetegui’s team fell in extra time with a goal from Javi Martínez after a draw (1-1) recorded in the first 90 minutes against Bayern Munich. Lewandowski started the scoring, Ocampos equalized with a penalty after a foul on Rakitic in the area and En-Nesyri, just before regulation time, had the title in his boots in a wasted one-on-one against Neuer.

The most impressive was in 2015 in Tbilisi against Barcelona, ​​​​​​​​​​a great night when Messi destroyed the hopes of Unai Emery’s team in extra time in a fast-paced match that ended in an exciting 5-4. Also in 2016, Sergio Ramos forced an extension at the discount when Sevilla came close to winning the title and Sampaoli’s team lost in the final against Real Madrid (3-2).

Similarly, in Cardiff (Wales) in 2014 two goals by Cristiano Ronaldo also left Sevilla without the title and this Wednesday they have a chance to win again.

Source: La Verdad


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