There are only three left: Iñaki Williams dismounts Sevilla from the fight for the League

Lopetegui’s team loses almost all its options to win the title after losing against Athletic at Sanchez Pizjun (0-1)

Iaki Williams supera a Bono.Julio MuozEFE

Until just over a week ago, hardly anyone contemplated that the Sevilla was a strong candidate for the title of League, while the team did not stop adding victories. And now that it undoubtedly was, the set of Lopetegui sees his great streak cut -five wins in a row- and gives ground almost definitively against Atltico, Real Madrid and Barcelona. He could not fail to follow in the wake of the three and at the first change he did, falling defeated in front of the Athletic in the Pizjun thanks to a goal from Iaki Williams at minute 90.

Now Sevilla stays at six points del Atltico when only 12 remain to be played. The League becomes for them an almost impossible mission that happens to win in Valdebebas Sunday and trust that the Atlantic I did not win in the Camp Nou. Although the tie, with Bara at four points, will not give him much air either. Nothing to reproach, in any case, a team that has done enough to reach this point in the League with options. And happiness for an Athletic that in two weeks has beaten Atltico and Seville when it seemed to be heading towards a depressing season finale. Now he even has some European option, although the six point disadvantage with the Betis seem too many.

The advance pressure of Athletic was a headache for Sevilla in the first minutes until Lopetegui’s team interpreted where the rojiblancos’ weak point was: on their right wing. Sooner or later, Acua always managed to detach from the brand of From Marcos to send dangerous centers to the area. Ah, a Yeray physically just -Iigo Martinez was low at the last minute- suffered a lot from above with En-Nesyri.
The problem that the Moroccan had was named Unai and by surname Simn. The national team’s goalkeeper has been adding many errors in the starts this season, but under the sticks it is an absolute guarantee. Up to two occasions I saved Athletic in a first half in which it cost their teammates a lot to disturb the Seville rear. The tie at halftime was a good result for Marcelino’s men.

Better even that feeling at the beginning of the second half when the referee did not penalize a hand of Balenziaga. There comes a point where it is difficult to understand the criteria of the referees -if there are one and not two tens- with actions like this, in which the defender’s arm is separated and whose presence cuts the trajectory of the ball towards the area. Of course, neither Lopetegui nor his players understood that there was no penalty.

Sevilla spent the entire second half around Simn’s area but, contrary to what happened in the first, the Alavs goalkeeper barely enjoyed prominence. Athletic locked in well and confided its chances of victory at the speed of the Williams brothers that, again, they shared minutes after both leaving the bench. Nico managed to score a goal, but starting from offside. Two minutes later, already in 90, it was Iaki the one that gave Athletic victory and buried Sevilla’s dreams of being a champion.


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