A first-hand recap from Darren on his visit to the RSP as Sevilla put a beat down on Formentera.
Sevilla vs Formentera 9-1
It was the day of the game and just knowing id be back in the Pizjuan for the first time in 5 years was exciting and taking my wife with me for her first time was even more exciting.
During the day we wandered up and saw the new look stadium getting closer to its completion and much has changed. It is truly becoming world class on the outer, and improving great strides on the inner. After a stroll around the stadium and visit to the store and some tapas in Nervion we went back into Centro and prepared to go back for the game.
We arrived at the game around 6pm, an hour before kick off, and the stadium was nearly empty. We entered the ground and sat in our seats in P11, front row behind the Formentera bench. The view from here is brilliant bar a slight intrusion of the bench. As some supporters rolled in, we realised as expected we were surrounded by Formentera fans who, with much respect to them, came in decent numbers. Even locals from a tapas bar we ate at the day before were Formentera fans!
The usual himno was played, but with a quarter to maybe third full stadium, it wasn’t as electric or spine tingling as i remember. Maybe it was the fact we knew we were already through and most people who came were here for a bit of cheap fun. Both teams received good support on entering the pitch and with, what i could only assume a Formentera coaching staff sitting in the stands a few seats down from us, it was quite vocal near us.
Well… at least until we banged in 1..2..3..4..5..6.. The first came with a welcome roar, but the game dwindled out and the crowd remained nearly silent for the latter as it was all too easy. Vietto finding it all too easy in the first half, Sarabia making his claim and Yedder working his way into the game slowly. The defence did look shaky at times and Formentera had a couple of good chances.
When Formentera scored in the second half, their fans erupted, the team celebrated like they had progressed and it did bring a bit more life to the game. Obviously seeing a 9-1 victory was a pretty good show put on by our boys and it was fun for me for the best part even if the crowd was a little lackluster at times (as was somewhat expected).
We did have a great time and as always fantastic to see us play in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Always an experience to remember.