Now that’s more like it.
After this weekend’s humbling in the Camp Nou, it was certainly nice to come back to the welcoming crowd in the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Especially when you are on the right side of a lopsided scoreline.
Our side came out storming from the get go against a Karpaty side, who, to be truthful, didn’t have a whole lot to play for, as they entered the match sitting at the bottom of the group having lost all three previous matches, including two at home. And yet it was encouraging to see Sevilla to totally dominate a lesser opponent, something they failed to do a number of times last year both away from and at the RSP. And today’s win coupled with the draw between PSG and Borussia Dortmund puts us top of our group. Next up is PSG away before finishing group play at home to Dortmund. A win or draw against Dortmund will see us through, although I’ll enjoy seeing our Manzano-led side take a crack at PSG.
Alfaro opened the scoring on nine minutes with a header from the six through a nice cross from Negredo, who caught the Karpaty center back in possession. Cigarini kissed a free kick off the underside of the bar on thirty four minutes, and Alfaro notched his brace heading home a second time after Negredo’s audacious chip beat the ‘keeper but not the crossbar. Negredo completed the evening’s scoring slotting home a rebound from a wicked Jose Carlos shot the the Karpaty ‘keeper did well to keep out. The bulk of the second half was an exercise in killing a game off while simultaneously trying to keep our dwindling supply of healthy ankles intact. To that end…
Your hero and mine Sr. Navas underwent ankle surgery today. The announcer made passing mention of it…The Offside guesstimates a near-January recovery/return. Any other information is welcome.
Navarro also went off at the half today, the result of an extremely rash two-footed challenge in the first half. Hopefully it was simply precautionary with a three goal margin, especially with Konko unavailable Monday for the Valencia match. Ahh, the Valencia match…the most important match of Manzano’s tenure so far…eh, no pondering that right now. Enjoy a solid performance, savor the goals, we’ll discuss Valencia later.