Former Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui’s honeymoon start to his career at Sevilla is over, after back to back defeats.
After three wins and a draw in the opening four games of the season, Lopetegui and his Sevilla side were flying high in La Liga.
Then followed a 3-0 victory away in the opening game of the Europa League. The former Spanish national team boss was being heralded a hero.
However, the last two games have seen back to back defeats, and ad rop down to seventh in the league.
The first loss, could perhaps be forgiven. regardless of their poor form of late, Real Madrid is Real Madrid.
However last nights loss to Eibar, who were without a win until last night, is inexcusable.
Worse than the result was the virtual capitulation of Lopetegui’s team after the break.
Sevilla started well, taking the lead through Lucas Ocampos in the 11th minute.
Ocampos made a perfectly timed run to latch onto the ball, springing the Eibar offside trap.
Eibar 0 – 1 Sevilla.
Before the break, Sevilla would double their lead. This time it was Oliver Torres, who scored in the 33rd minute.
Halftime: Eibar 0 – 2 Sevilla.
The visitors were comfortable and it appeared the Real Madrid loss was an understandable blip and things were back on track.
Apparently the break was not a good thing though for Lopetegui’s side, as they came out flat, lacking the intensity of the first half.
Eibar started to press and create opportunities. They were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute, which was converted by Fabian Orellana in the 66th minute.
Eibar1 – 2 Sevilla.
Then calamity in the 77th minute saw defensive confusion for Sevilla and the hosts capitalised. Pedro Leon seized the opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net.
Eibar 2 – 2 Sevilla.
Sevilla was at sixes and sevens, total disarray and desperate to hang on. But the tied had turned and Eibar had the momentum to press for the winner.
And only five minutes later, a free kick in a dangerous area, saw Cote make no mistake, putting the ball out of the keepers reach and into the back of the net.
Turn around complete, and so was the game.
Final Score: Eibar 3 – 2 Sevilla.
Eibar will be hoping they can build on the second-half performance at least.
While Sevilla will be wondering what on earth was happened on the half time break to cause such a catastrophic meltdown.
FINAL #EibarSevillaFC 3-2
✔ PRIMERA VICTORIA
✔ REMONTADA ÉPICA
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