Sevilla beat Roma 2-0 in Duisburg to reach the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday night.
Sergio Reguilon and Youssef En-Nesyri got the goals for Julen Lopetegui’s side, but the truth is that Sevilla could have won by a far bigger margin.
Just 13 minutes in, Sevilla had their first clear-cut chance to score as Jules Kounde’s header from a corner cannoned back out off the bar. The French centre-back regularly got forward and caused problems throughout the match, even getting on the scoresheet in the 73rd minute before seeing that he’d been adjudged to be offside.
Reguilon, playing his final games for Sevilla before he returns to Real Madrid, grabbed the game’s opening goal in the 21st minute. After a cross-field ball by Suso, the left-back carried the ball forward, using his pace, and then sent a shot towards goal that somehow squeezed its way through Pau Lopez.
Sevilla doubled their advantage in the 44th minute, this time after a deadly counter-attack. Fernando Reges won the ball back in Sevilla’s half and gave it to Joan Jordan, who played a wonderful forward pass for Lucas Ocampos to chase. The Argentine got there and looked up to find Youssef En-Nesyri arriving in the area, with the Moroccan able to calmly fire into the back of the net.
The second half saw Sevilla largely control things and have a few chances, including the aforementioned offside Kounde goal, but Roma were unable to get past the impressive Frenchman and his centre-back partner, Diego Carlos.
What this display did show is that no team will want to face Lopetegui’s Sevilla. Perhaps a sixth Europa League trophy could be on the cards.