Sevilla’s dream of a real title challenge kept going on Wednesday evening at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, when los nervionenses recorded an excellent 1-0 victory over Levante. It was the in-form Youssef En-Nesyri who scored the decisive goal in the 53rd minute.
The result leaves Sevilla third in La Liga, level on points with second-placed Real Madrid, who play tonight, and just three off league leaders Atletico Madrid. They’re two points clear of Barcelona, who play tomorrow night. Levante are 12th, between Celta Vigo and Cadiz. They’re just two points behind eighth-placed Osasuna, however.
Sevilla’s next three games are crucial if they’re to maintain their upward trajectory. The Andalusians face Granada at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan next Sunday before locking horns with Athletic Bilbao the following Monday, again at home. Then comes the big one, a trip to the capital to take on Madrid on May 9th. Levante’s next three are all on the road, in trips to Elche, Celta Vigo and Alaves.
“A positive assessment,” noted Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui post-game in comments to the club’s website. “It’s not easy to win three consecutive games away from home. We’re happy that in a complicated and difficult game against a team that had been injured from losing 5-1 at home, something that made things very difficult, we’ve succeeded.”