5 Reasons Why Sevilla Defeated Porto

Europa League: 5 Reasons Why Sevilla Defeated Porto

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Sevilla defeated Porto in the second leg of the Europa League quarterfinals. These are the five reasons that really pushed them to the finish.

5. Carlos Bacca and the Offense Were All on Cue

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5. Carlos Bacca and the Offense Were All on Cue

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The strikers of Sevilla really propelled the offense inside the first 30 minutes of the match. Carlos Bacca won the penalty that captain Ivan Rakitic converted before scoring his own goal to make it 3-0 after Vitolo hit home the second of the night. Their midfield pushed the ball up the field constantly to support the attack, which was simply too much for their opponents to handle.

4. Eliaquim Mangala Could Not Defend Against Sevilla Himself

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4. Eliaquim Mangala Could Not Defend Against Sevilla Himself

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Eliaquim Mangala did all he could in the 4-1 loss to Sevilla, but his defensive teammates left him alone at times, which forced him to face a lot of trouble. He is a world-class defender, but even the best cannot stop a successful team effort. Therefore, what Porto need to do is focus more on defending away from home, as the hosts are never afraid to attack them.

3. Ricardo Quaresma Needed More Firepower in the Final Third

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3. Ricardo Quaresma Needed More Firepower in the Final Third

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Ricardo Quaresma scored a sensational consolation goal in the final minute of the match, but it was never going to be enough as his offensive teammates could not help him do more. He may be a selfish player at times, but when he does pass the ball, his guys cannot finish in front of frame. He is a superstar for the team, but he cannot do it alone. This team has skilled players, but none as skilled as he is.

2. Ivan Rakitic is a Mastermind of the Midfield

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2. Ivan Rakitic is a Mastermind of the Midfield

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The 26-year-old Croatian international dictated the midfield, fought for every ball, patiently took hits while on the ball and distributed ever-so-sweetly to his teammates. He scored the opening goal of the night from the spot and truly deserved to wear the captain's armband.

1. Teamwork

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1. Teamwork

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Sevilla is a team that plays together all over the field. When the defense needs help, they get help. When the offense needs a push, they get that push. When they need to play possession, they all play possession. They listen to the coach, cover one another when players leave their positions and stay focused on the task at hand. Teamwork is the way to win.

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