Sevilla in free fall

Sevilla continue their terrible run of form that has left them in 16th place, just four points clear of the relegation zone. Diego Alonso has yet to win a league game since his arrival as his team have now gone nine games without a victory.

Sevilla made the trip to RCD Mallorca, another team that has been struggling this season and came into the game just two points above the relegation zone. Sevilla came into the game with a much-reduced squad, with nine first-team players, including Jesús Navas, Eric Lamela, and Marcos Acuña, all unable to feature. Sevilla started well, with Lucas Ocampos having an early chance. However, as has so often been the case this season, Sevilla went behind early on as Cyle Larin put the home side one nil up after 11 minutes.

From that point on, it was all Sevilla as the home side allowed their opponents to control possession. Despite some close calls, most notably through an Ocampos header that was remarkably saved by Predrag Rajković. Youssef En-Nesyri and Sergio Ramos had chances in the second half but Mallorca were untroubled for the most part. However, the controversy of the evening came when Adrià Pedrosa’s goal was ruled out by VAR for a supposed handball by EN-Nesyri, despite the ball seemingly hitting the player on the back.

Sevilla eventually ran out of ideas, and even Sergio Ramos was sent up the pitch to act as a forward as the away side desperately tried to find an equaliser. Mallorca had the opportunity to go two up, but Marko Dmitrović came out on top in the one-on-one against Antonio Sánchez.

Mallorca were ultimately able to see out the game and earned a vital three points in their fight for survival. They now leapfrog Sevilla and end the week in 15th, five points clear of the relegation zone, while Sevilla look devoid of ideas and incapable of winning as they fall to 16th.

GSFN | Finn Entwistle

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