Girona becomes giant against Sevilla | Soccer | Sports

The Girona light show in Montilivi never seems to have any shadows. And even less if the Gironese fort protects it, suddenly hat trick of the Ukrainian giant Artem Dovbyk, and likewise of his compatriot Viktor Tsygankov. Sevilla dared to look at Gazzaniga’s goal and celebrate, without considering the repercussions that this would bring: a few minutes after Isaac Romero’s goal, the team led by Quique Sánchez Flores took their medicine and conceded three goals from 9 from Girona.


Gazzaniga, Miguel Gutierrez, Yan Couto, Daley Blind, Juanpe (Antal Yaakobishvili, min. 29), Sávio (Pablo Torre, min. 73), Yangel Herrera (Jhon Solís, min. 65), Iván Martín, Tsygankov (Valery Fernández, min. 65), Portu and Dovbyk (Stuani, min. 73)


Dmitrovic, Jesús Navas, Sergio Ramos, Nianzou Tanguy Kouassi, Loic Bade (Marcao, min. 45), Adrià Pedrosa, Suso (Hannibal Mejbri, min. 62), Djibril Sow (Lucien Agoume, min. 76), Joan Jordán, Isaac Romero and Lucas Ocampos (Mariano, 76th minute)

Goals 0-1 min. 10: Isaac Romero. 1-1 minutes. 12: Dovbyk. 2-1 minutes. 14: Dovbyk. 3-1 minutes. 19: Dovbyk. 4-1 minutes. 55: Tsygankov. 5-1 minutes. 88: Stuani.

Arbitrator Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes

Yellow cards Djibril Sow (min. 60) and Hannibal Mejbri (min. 62)

Although it might be time to do two more. Action and reaction for the club which consolidates its light football, its offensive power and its label as a revelation team. It’s a new victory against Sevilla (5-1) for Michel who, unstoppable since the start of the season, has claimed countless victims along the way.

Two teams, moreover, with different situations: while Girona remains practically unbeatable – this season it has only lost against Real Madrid, which has one game less – as leader of the standings and reaching the quarter-finals. Copa del Rey final, Sevilla need to triumph again to avoid continuing their free fall in the domestic competition. Girona are La Liga’s top scorers with 51 goals, while Sevilla have just over half (26).

Quique Sánchez Flores’ team, with four consecutive defeats in La Liga although in the Cup, is on the edge of the red zone of relegation, with 16 points in 21 games and Cádiz one point behind. The last time Míchel and Quique met, in the first round last August, two goals from Yangel Herrera and Aleix García allowed Girona to leave Pizjuán with all three points in their pocket. Five months have passed since then. Girona returned to the League after their clash against inferior team Almería, between lights, earthquakes and heat, with its now usual crowd – 13,092 people – in the cold of Montilivi.

But Sevilla came back with renewed strength after outplaying Getafe in the Copa del Rey: they moved the ball dangerously close to the box, and the team led by Míchel was stifled by Sevilla’s high pressure, causing slips and errors that a distraught Gazzaniga could not contain: Isaac Romero scored first for Sevilla. The defense screamed, the visitors celebrated and the stadium fell into thunderous silence. It wouldn’t last long. A few seconds later, the singing returned.

Girona reacted, regained strength and reorganized itself to honor the offensive game that proclaimed it top scorer in the national competition. The best player in the League during the month of December, Artem Dovbyk, put on the cape to return to the match with three goals in just six minutes and 33 seconds, with Savinho, Portu and Couto are more than squires and assistants. The Ukrainian giant also left Sergio Ramos in the trenches, crushed Sevilla’s few hopes and became his team’s top scorer with 15 goals.

The expedition to Montilivi of the white and red team went badly. Girona’s counterattacks made every spectator hold their breath: each play was the mirage of a goal in Dmitrovic’s goal. But the light didn’t go out when Savinho He enjoyed playing – as he did throughout the match – on the wing to cross Tsygankov, who would score the fourth goal – more than decisive – during the Ukrainian scorers’ celebration in the Girona temple .

Girona had intimidated Sevilla, who faded, unrecognizable, for the rest of the match. And Míchel was already thinking about the next match against Mallorca in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey, so he rested and rotated the players. Montilivi reacts, stands up and proudly applauds Dovbyk. The stands shouted an extra goal and invoked Stuani’s goal. The spectators’ flashlights came on: the light of Girona blinded, once again, its rival.

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