Sports Athletic overthrows Sevilla
Barcelona loses 1-0 at Getafe for 1st defeat under Koeman
MADRID — Ronald Koeman still has work to do. Barcelona lost 1-0 at Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday for its first defeat since Koeman took over with the mission of rebuilding his former team, which ended last season without a title. Barcelona had started this season with two good wins over Villarreal and Celta Vigo. But its limitations in attack were seen in a 1-1 draw with Sevilla in the last round, and Getafe made Barcelona look clueless once the visitors fell behind. Getafe lived up to its reputation as one of the top defensive sides in Spain and limited the visitors to two scoring opportunities.
Athletic Club 2-1 Sevilla FC Goals: Muniain (76th) and Sancet (86th) for Athletic // En-Nesyri (8th) for Sevilla
Once again , Sevilla FC stalls after having performed in the Champions League.
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, the Andalusians went to the lawn of San Mamés to face a rough Athletic Club team. Very early on, the visitors surprised their opponents thanks to Lucas Ocampos and Youssef En-Nesyri. Clever, the Argentine international serves his teammate from a center back at the penalty spot to open the scoring (0-1, 8th). Without reaction, the Leones undergo the law of a team more established collectively until the last minutes of the first period. If Raúl García fails to frame his head (41st), En-Nesyri also misses the goal of the break with a badly adjusted helmet on a cross from Ivan Rakitić (42nd).
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The Blues defender believes a much stronger defensive performance was vital after poor recent showings in the Premier LeagueFrank Lampard's side let leads slip twice against the Saints at the weekend as the Blues' defensive struggles continued.
On returning from the locker room, the monstrous relaxation of the Moroccan center forward of Palanganas caused new cold sweats to pass through the Basque defense (49th). In turn, Iñaki Williams and Dani García also tried their luck with a header, but Yassine Bounou caught the ball without worry (65th, 66th). Defeated by the Sevillian defense, Williams remains very mobile on the attack front and puts pressure on Sevilla. Who cracks on a corner, where the two entrants Mikel Vesga and Iker Muniain touch the ball to see the second equalize (76th, 1-1). Re-motivated, the Athletic takes the advantage at the end of the match thanks to a decisive Oian Sancet from his first touch of the ball on a deep cross from Williams (86th, 2-1). Before receiving Krasnodar in C1, Sevilla therefore concedes a third defeat in six games and occupies fourteenth place in Liga.
Athletic Club (4-2-3-1): Simón - Berchiche, Martínez, Álvarez, Capa - D. García (Muniain, 67th), Zárraga (López, 54th) - Morcillo (Sancet, 86th), Berenguer (Vesga, 67th), R. García (Villalibre, 54th) - Williams. Coach: Gaizka Garitano.
Sevilla FC (4-3-3): Bounou - Acuña, D. Carlos, Koundé, Navas - Fernando (El Haddadi, 87th), Jordan (Gudelj, 68th), Rakitić (Torres, 68th) - Ocampos, En-Nesyri (F. Vázquez, 63rd), L. De Jong (Fernández, 88th). Coach: Julen Lopetegui.
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Barcelona: Koeman initially leaves Messi on the bench .
Cologne (SID) - Six-time world footballer Lionel Messi was initially benched by FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman in Saturday's La Liga game against Betis Sevilla. "We're not talking about an injury, it's just not fresh enough," said Koeman assistant Alfred Schreuder, former TSG Hoffenheim coach.