Morocco’s forward Youssef En-Nesyri was on target when Sevilla came from a goal kick to draw Elche in a match played by Manuel Martinez Valero on Saturday night.
It was the visitors who started the game on a high and threatened earlier with the permission of the Atlas Lions forward. It was a wake-up call for the hosts and they threatened in the ninth minute, but Morocco keeper Bono made a fantastic save and denied Fidel in the process.
However, the keeper had no answer two minutes later, when Enzo reached Roco from close range to give his team the lead. The goal gave the hosts the confidence they needed as Sevilla reorganized themselves in their bid to find an equalizer.
Bono had to be vigilant in the 30th minute to ensure Raul Guti did not double Elche’s advantage and moments later En-Nesyri was denied by the goalkeeper due to his intelligent moves.
The Afrikaner should not have been denied in the 41st minute. The defenders failed to erase a free kick, and it eventually found its way to the Atlas Lion, whose thunderhead was too much for Kiko Casillas in the Elche goal.
En-Nesyri would have scored his second and probably a winner for the visitors in the 74th minute, but he could not lead his head on goal, although he was not close.
He was finally replaced in the 87th minute, with Idrissi Oussama taking his place. But neither team was able to score the winning goal.
The result puts Sevilla at the top of the standings with seven points, awaiting Sunday’s results. They started their campaign with a 3-0 victory at home over 10-man Rayo Vallecano. En-Nesyri scored and provided an assist in the specific match.
They then won 1-0 against Getafe before earning a point in their third game away against Elche.
Valencia and Real Mallorca are in second and third place with seven points respectively.