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Sevilla were awarded three penalties against Borussia MG at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Tuesday, with Kevin Gameiro scoring the first but missing the second.

  •     Sevilla 3 Borussia Monchengladbach 0
  •     Sevilla given three penalties
  •     Gameiro scores the first but misses the second
  •     Banega scores the third penalty
  •     Konoplyanka makes it 3-0

Match Summary

Sevilla dominated most of the first half but were unable to find a breakthrough before half time. Jose Antonio Reyes, Vitolo and Kevin Gameiro provided plenty of threat to the German side without managing to put their chances away.

The Spanish side saw things go their way after the break when three penalties were awarded to them. Gameiro buried the first in the 47th minute with an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net, but that tactic didn’t pay off a second time just three minutes later when he hit the crossbar.

In the 66th minute the ref pointed to the spot again, and this time Ever Banega stepped up and made no mistake with a confident penalty into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

It was 3-0 in the 84th minute when Yevhen Konoplyanka, who was substituted on just a minute earlier for Reyes, received the ball from a short corner. The Ukraine international curled it in towards to near post, where goalkeeper Yann Sommer made a mess of it by deflecting the cross the wrong side of his post.

Full Report

Sevilla were very much the stronger side in the first half and had a number of opportunities to go ahead, starting in the fifth minute when Vitolo hit the post and Reyes fluffed his chance on the follow-up by missing the target from close range.

Just a couple of minutes later and Borussia could have claimed an early lead from Traore’s inviting delivery, but Brouwers couldn’t direct his header on target.

The Spanish side continued to have the better of the opening stages, and had a strong appeal for a penalty turned down when Reyes was hauled to ground on the edge of the box, although MG also had a number of chances themselves.

Around the half-hour mark Sevilla were threatening goal on a regular basis with Reyes, Vitolo and Gameiro linking up well and creating numerous opportunities. On one opportunity Gameiro got to the byline and pulled it back for Vitolo and a few minutes later the Frenchman benefitted from some good running from Reyes, but could only find the side netting.

The tactics from the Bundesliga side were clearly to frustrate the Europa League winners and try to hit them on the break, which they almost did through Traore, who looked sharp on the wing but missed a good opportunity with halftime five minutes away.

Sevilla had one last big opportunity of the half when Gameiro was put through behind the defence and, under pressure from Jantschke, tested Sommer, but the Swiss goalkeeper made a good save to see his team in at the break with the score still 0-0.

But Sevilla would take the lead soon after the break when Vitolo and Sommer rushed to the ball, with the Spanish forward going over the ‘keeper. Gameiro made no mistake from the spot by blasting the penalty into the roof of the net.

Just a couple of minutes later and they had another penalty. This time it was Brouwers who clumsily fouled Vitolo and gave the ref no choice but to point to the spot again. Gameiro again stepped up, but this time it hit the crossbar instead of the net, and a Gladbach free kick emerged from the resulting scuffle.

The following few minutes saw efforts at both ends. Traore again threatened from the flank before Banega forced Sommer into a save just minutes before getting another opportunity wrong at the back post.

In the 66th minute Sevilla got their third penalty of the night when Gameiro was tripped. Following his miss the Frenchman was taken off spot-kick duty and Banega stepped up to squeeze his effort into the bottom-left corner and double Sevilla’s advantage.

Musa looked to be CSKA’s best attacking outlet, and he was joined by Seydou Doumbia in the 65th minute as the Russian side looked to get something back.

Then, having just come on in the 84th minute, Yevhen Konoplyanka got a goal just a minute later. The Ukrainian winger received the ball from a short corner and crossed it in towards the near post where Sommer met it, but instead of stopping the effort the keeper could only push it inside his own post.