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CDR Semi Final – Leganes 1-1 Sevilla

CDR Semi Final – Leganes 1-1 Sevilla

Leganes and Sevilla drew 1-1 in their Copa del Rey semi final first leg at the Butarque earlier this evening with everything still to play for at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan next Wednesday.

The hosts lost 1-0 at home in their quarter final first leg but were able to win away at Real Madrid in the second leg to progress and will hope to do the same against Sevilla at the Pizjuan in the second leg. Sevilla will of course still be favourites to go through at home but have struggled there in recent weeks in La Liga with Real Betis taking all three points and Getafe also leaving with something to show.

Sevilla made the perfect start, opening the scoring 21 minutes in through Luis Muriel. The Colombian striker got on the end of Pablo Sarabia’s exquisite pass just to the right of centre in the box and was able to wrap his foot around the ball and send the ball into the far corner of the net via the post.

Claude Beauvue fired over soon after with Leganes’ first and only attempt of the half.

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Gabriel Mercado was then denied by Nereo Champagne in the Leganes goal as Sevilla tried to double their lead before half time but other than that there was little in the way of goalscoring opportunities.

Leganes found themselves level within 11 minutes of the restart with Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico claiming for a foul but for the second game running, after Getafe’s goal on Sunday, his claims were ignored and his side conceded a goal.

Javier Eraso’s corner was knocked up into the air by Sergio Escudero and as Dimitris Siovas and Rico went for the ball, the goalkeeper missed his punch with the ball cannoning off the centre back’s head into the net. Rico claimed the Greek had used his arms to foul the keeper but the referee saw it as fair and the goal stood.

That was the last major chance of the game with the remainder of the game being very stop start with neither side creating many chances of note.

The draw means it’s all to play for next week as the two sides aim to reach the Copa final against either Barcelona or Valencia whose first leg takes place on Thursday.

Leganes: Champagne; Tito, Bustinza, Siovas, Garcia; Gumbau, Brasanac (Eraso, 46); Amrabat (Omar, 76), Gabriel, El Zhar (Rico, 83); Beauvue

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Sevilla: Rico; Navas, Mercado, Lenglet, Escudero; Banega, N’Zonzi; Sarabia, Vazquez, Correa; Muriel (Nolito, 76)