A header goal from Lucas Ocampos qualified this Tuesday to Sevilla (0-1) for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey and ended the dream of Almeria, Second, who aspired to reach the penultimate round cup for the second time in its history.
Sevilla came out for the game and from very early on began to worry in the Almeria area. He did it with a shot from the edge of Aleix Vidal that Fernando caught and a header from Diego Carlos that went high.
The debutant Papu Gómez, very participative, also brought a lot of danger from the left side of the Sevilla attack in the first section of the match.
Almería, for its part, waited behind against the greater dominance of Sevilla and it took more than twenty minutes to prove his fortune in attack, through a distant shot from Akieme.
Sevilla continued to harass the Almeria area, mainly from set pieces from the corner, while the locals tried again from outside the area through Juan Villar, without finding the three sticks.
Fernando, the hero of Almería a week ago in the second round against Osasuna, appeared after half an hour to avoid a goal from Sevilla, a shot from De Jong, who was in a doubtful position after touching the ball Ocampos.
An error by Bono in an outing was about to cost the Sevilla players a goal against the edge of the break, but Ramazani, who found the ball rejected and quite heeled, also missed in the hit.
Lopetegui introduced one more attacking man at halftime with the entry of Munir, but it was Almería who first approached the opposite goal, although Lazo was not right. Sevilla responded quickly, with an intermission by Koundé and a subsequent shot by Fernando.
Sevilla returned to try with a set piece, with Papu Gómez serving a measured ball to Koundé’s head, who crashed his shot off the crossbar. In the rebound, De Jong also did not find the goal.
Sevilla got more gunpowder with En-Nesyri and Suso. Ocampos tested Fernando from the front and the Argentine did hit it on another set piece. Suso put it from the right and Ocampos took her to the bottom of the Almería goal.
Suso and Munir were able to increase Sevilla’s income in the last minutes, but the first shot went wide and the second was saved by Fernando. Almería, desperately seeking a draw, finished with Cuenca as a center forward.
0 – UD Almería: Fernando; Buñuel, De la Hoz, Chumi, Akieme; Petrovic (Cuenca, min. 89), Robertone (Samú Costa, min. 76), Ramazani, Fran Villalba (Carvalho, min. 76), Lazo (Sadiq, min. 68); and Juan Villar (Corpas, min. 68).
1 – Sevilla: Bond; Aleix Vidal, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Rekik; Fernando, Gudelj (Munir, min. 46), Rakitic; Ocampos (Jordán, min. 80), Papu Gómez (Suso, min. 60) and De Jong (En-Nesyri, min. 60).
Referee: Estrada Fernández, from the Catalan committee. Yellow card to Corpas and Chumi for Almería.
Goal: 0-1, min. 67: Ocampos.
Incidents: Quarterfinal match of the Copa del Rey, played at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos (Almería).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.