As The Gaffer already mentioned Sevilla kicked off their season on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Getafe. While I had been looking forward to the Madrid derby, I decided to watch the Sevilla-Getafe match and was not disappoined at all. The game had plenty of excitement, flair and talking points. In the first half alone there was enough action and drama for an entire match.
Firstly, my thoughts go out to Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta who collapsed during the game and a teammate had to prevent him from swallowing his tongue as he lost consciousness. His collapse was ruled to be a heart attack caused by repeated incidents of ventricular arrhythmia. Puerta was able to walk from the pitch but collapsed again in the locker room and had to be given cardiac resuscitation before being taken to hospital. Puerta remains in intensive care and I wish him a full recovery.
As for the match itself, Getafe started brightly and jumped into the lead thanks to a spectacular free-kick by Pablo Hernandez in the second minute. Before half-time, Getafe found themselves down to nine men following the dismissals of Francisco Sousa and David Cortes. Sousa was dismissed for receiving two yellow keys while Cortes saw a straight red for his harsh studs-up tackle on Diego Capel.
After the break Sevilla wasted little time in taking advantage of Getafe’s reduced numbers. Jesus Navas headed home the equalizer just minutes after the restart but Getafe continued to fight and held on for another 20 minutes before finally wearing down. Luis Fabiano, Frederic Kanoute and Alexander Kerzakhov fired home late goals to give the Andalusian side a comfortable win.
The man of the match was undoubtedly midfielder Sergio Duda, whose plethora of pinpoint passes were central to three of Sevilla’s four goals. Diego Capel, Jesus Navas and Fredric Kanoute also had strong games for Sevilla. Kanoute had numerous chances to score and seemed to need a while to find his rythmn in the match. The added space was probably also a factor but he did score a goal and setup teammate Fabiano for one before being substituted for Kerzakhov. For Getafe, a
A noticeable absentee for Sevilla was Daniel Alves, who is unhappy at being priced out of a move to Chelsea, and has basically gone on strike. Alves has refused to travel with the squad for their Champions League third qualifying round clash with AEK Athens.