Sevilla made a strong case to be favourite in their return as Europa League King
Europa League’s most successful club Sevilla have given warning to other teams by defeating Belgian side Standard Liege 5-1. Andalusians made a strong case to be favourite in their return as Europa League King. Five times Europa League champion were playing in UEFA Champions League in last two seasons and it felt Europa League certainly miss them.
Los Rojiblancos are struggling in La Liga, but they made sure that they give an early warning that no team is stronger than Sevilla in Europa League. Standard Liege became their first victim as they were humiliated at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
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Dynamic Argentine midfielder Ever Banega opened the scoring for Sevilla early in the game but Moussa Djenepo cancelled it out for the visitors in 39th minute. Franco Vazquez wasted no opportunity to restore the lead back within two minutes of Djenepo’s goal.
First-half ended 2-1 in favour of Sevilla but it was a respected scoreline for the Belgian team playing away to five time champion. Second-half really take a toll on them as Wissam Ben Yedder strike twice before Banega completed his brace from the penalty spot.
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Guillermo Ochoa really has a bad day as Standard Liege shot-stopper. Sevilla took 19 shots and out of that 12 were on targets. Ochoa did made some brilliant saves but in the end Sevilla were too good for the Belgian side.
It’s certainly a reminder to other teams who are expecting to clinch the Europa League title that the Europa League King is back. Sevilla has entered the Europa League with highest club coefficient UEFA rankings and they don’t want to lose their rankings as the best Europa League team.
Sevilla’s opening performance will certainly bring attention of clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, AC Milan, Marseille, and Lazio. Those of who are expecting to measure their success this season with Europa League victory must be aware of Sevilla’s strong case to prove they are Europa League king.