Real Valladolid 2-2 Sevilla: Two late goals snatch Real Valladolid a draw
Seemingly in control with a comfortable looking two goal lead, Real Valladolid snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat, with two late goals to level the game.
Sevilla didn’t waste any time at all at the Zorilla against Real Valladolid, taking the lead after just two minutes. Vitolo laid the ball off to Bacca and he produced a superb precision finish, just inside the post.
The visitors we’re well in control of the game and though Bergdich shot over for Real Valladolid in the 11th minute, Sevilla were again hunting for goal a moment later though, as Bacca forced Mariño to make a good save, after shooting from long-range.
Real Valladolid did start to find their way though in the 15th minute, though they had their opponents to thank for the chance. Sevilla goalkeeper Beto with a poor clearance, collected by Bergdich, who fed the ball to Guerra in a great position, but he was poor with his control and Navarro managed to get a toe in to clear.
Fresh from his international debut with Spain, Alberto Moreno was causing problems down the left flank, getting forward well from a more advanced wing-back position. In the 31st minute, he latched onto a poor clearance from the Real Valladolid defence from a corner, caught the ball well and smashed in Sevilla’s second goal. What a week for the youngster. A first senior international cap for Spain, followed by a first senior goal for Sevilla.
Still Sevilla smelled blood and kept going for more goals. Bacca could only find the side netting in the 36th minute, then Carrico launched an audacious shot, spotting Mariño off his line, but the Real Valladilid keeper managed to react in time to claim the ball.
Real Valladolid tried to find a way to goal in the dying moments of the half, but couldn’t find fortune in their final ball. Straight up at the other end though, first Figueras, forcing Mariño to tip away from goal, then Cala with a header just over the crossbar from the resulting corner.
Real Valladolid manager Juan Ignacio Martínez was keen to inject something different into his team for the second half. As play resumed after the interval, Manucho was on in place of Bergdich. In the opening exchanges, they looked to have fresh impetus getting forward, but without creating anything to trouble the Sevilla goal, the landscape of the game soon returned to the control of the visitors.
Figueras got forward well and through into the area in the 53rd minute, turned his marker, but couldn’t make the finish, over the crossbar with his shot. In the 56th minute, Sevilla were again on the attack as Bacca shot for goal, but the ball took enough of a glance off one of the Real Valladolid defenders, to direct it wide for a corner.
As the game passed the hour mark, Real Valladolid had another brief spell of attacking momentum, but other than forcing a couple of corners, their route to goal was blocked by the Sevilla defence. Manucho came close with a header, but Beto was comfortably able to save.
It just wasn’t happening for JIM’s men and in the 68th minute, he opted to introduce his last two substitutions at the same time. Álvaro Rubio and Rama, replacing Baraja and Omar. Rama managed to win his side a corner within moments of his introduction to the game, but swung in by Ebert, Beto was up above the incoming Real Valladolid players to punch clear.
Aside from a good individual run and shot wide from Jairo for Sevilla, Real Valladolid were beginning to show more signs that they could force their way back into the game, as their attacking momentum continued with Ebert looking dangerous down the right.
Perhaps mindful of the European game to come, Emery made his first change of the evening in the 80th minute, with the game seemingly beyond doubt. Gameiro on for the goalscorer, Bacca.
Just to prove that there was still life in Real Valladolid yet though, they promptly pulled a goal back in the 81st minute. Peña found space to whiz in a great cross from the left and leaping to make the connection, Manucho took full advantage of his hight to powerfully head his team back into the game.
Sevilla had been rattled, but then they had a great chance. A shot from Vitolo was saved by Mariño, but with the Real Valladolid keeper still on the ground, Gameiro had the goal at his mercy on the rebound, but somehow managed to sky his finish in the 82nd minute.
As if that wasn’t bad enough for Sevilla, Real Valladolid applied double punishment with an 84th minute equaliser! Having won a free-kick on the edge of the Sevilla area, there was only one man who was going to step up to take it, Patrick Ebert. The German free-kick specialist launched it perfectly into the back of the net. Two goals in three minutes, with Real Valladolid having looked like they were dead and buried. Sevilla were shell-shocked.
Frantic stuff in the final moments, but with both teams rushing to find a winner, neither could show the right sort of definition in the final third, as hearts ruled heads.
As the final whistle blew, Sevilla couldn’t quite believe what had just happened. It had looked oh so comfortable for them. Great determination from Real Valladolid in the final ten minutes, as they didn’t give up on what many would have thought was a lost cause.
Real Valladolid 2-2 Sevilla
Referee: Prieto Iglesias
Real Valladolid XI: Mariño; Rukavina, Valiente, Rueda, Peña; Baraja (68′), Rossi; Ebert, Omar (68′), Bergdich (46′); Guerra.
Goals: Manucho (81′), Ebert (84′)
Subs: Manucho (46′), Álvaro Rubio (68′), Rama (68′)
Yellow Cards: Rossi (20′), Ebert (90+2′)
Sevilla XI: Beto; Cala, Pareja, Navarro; Figueras, Iborra, Carrico, Moreno; Vitolo, Bacca (80′), Jairo.
Goals: Bacca (2′), Moreno (31′)
Subs: Gameiro (80′)
Yellow Cards: Cala (5′), Carrico (35′)