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Sevilla 0-0 Villarreal

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An excellent defensive performance.

FC Zurich v Villarreal CF - UEFA Europa League Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images

Sevilla and Villarreal played to a 0-0 draw in the early kickoff. Villarreal were the better side overall, playing a 4-2-3-1 with Rodri and Bruno in the pivote, Samu C, Jona and Trigueros behind Adrian. Victor Ruiz and Bonera were between José Angel and Mario, ahead of Asenjo.

Sevilla had 23 of the possession, outshot Villarreal 14-11. Asenjo made some key saves, including saving a Samir Nasri penalty early in the second half. (It should never have been a penalty anyhow).

Villarreal’s best chance came early, when Jona slipped a through ball to Adrian—Sergio Rico came out to cut off the angle and Adrian’s shot went wide of the far post. A bad miss. Ben Yedder should have scored for Sevilla, too; overall, we will be happy with a draw, Sevilla less so.

Highlights:

Best chance for us was Adrian early on....his second chance, where he took the ball in too deep and cut off his angle, should have been called back for offside anyway, as I viewed the highlights. A Sevilla goal was waved off for offside, which it was, but very close.

Sevilla were not at their best but still very dangerous—excellent saves from Asenjo time and time again to preserve the shutout. He has to be the MoM, especially after saving a penalty that never should have been given.