The date of March 13, 2018 will be forever etched in the annals of Sevilla FC sitting alongside other key matches in the club's history. It is also true that the Sevilla of the past decade are a special side winning five Europa League titles. But last night's win will be distinctive, even more so with the victory coming at such an iconic stadium that is Old Trafford. The game was won by the Andalusian's side desire to play football against the negative tactics employed by United's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho who's game-plan appeared to be use long balls from De Gea looking for Fellaini or Lukaku. Sevilla won but so did the side who tried to play the game.
The LaLiga side started well with Banega controlling the game in the middle of the park with flashes of brilliance from Sarabia and the team were only let down by Muriel's poor finishing. When United pressed, generally via their long-ball tactic, the Sevilla defense marshalled by Lenglet was on hand to admirably deal with the threat created by the men in red. All that was missing for Seville at the break was a goal. As the match wore on it was felt that a solitary strike would be sufficient for the Andalusian outfit with two goals from a toothless in attack United seemingly unlikely and Sevilla managing the game in a controlled and professional manner.
Substitute Ben Yedder made the difference, coming on in the 72nd minute and finding the target just three minutes later driving a fine shot into the corner of the United net. Sevilla doubled their lead, once again via Ben Yedder and despite a late rally from Mourinho's side bringing on Mata and Martial and a Lukaku consolation it was Montella's side who are through to the quarter-final of the 2017/18 Champions League. A win for a Spanish side which is always the bit extra special coming against a Premier League team. Sevilla fans are entitled to feel proud today as it was their side who offered a fine footballing performance at the "Theatre of Dreams".