Real Mallorca 0-5 Sevilla
Copa del Rey Round of 16, First Leg
Wednesday 12th December 2012, 7pm kick off GMT
The white handkerchiefs were out in force in Palma after Sevilla all but secured their progression to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey within thirty minutes of the first leg. Goals from Álvaro Negredo, Gary Medel, Alberto Botía and Antonio Luna secured a rather simple 5-0 victory for the away side with pressure on under-fire coach Joaquín Caparrós reaching new heights.
Caparrós decided to rest several players despite Sevilla naming a strong team. José Nunes, Javi Márquez, Tomás Pina and Tomer Hemed all missed out. Summer signings Anderson Conceição and Javier Arizmendi, who have both been poor since joining Mallorca, were given their chances from the start.
Sevilla had failed to beat Mallorca in their previous six Copa meetings, and have failed to score in the past four. But there was no chance of this form continuing in a rain-soaked Iberostar Estadi. It took just thirteen minutes for the away side to take the lead. A corner from the Mallorca right found Álvaro Negredo unmarked five yards from goal. His header beat the advancing Dudu Aouate to make it 1-0 to Sevilla.
Just five minutes later, Sevilla had their second. A low cross deep from the left saw Anderson Conceição fail to deal with it and Negredo happily took advantage. And by the 25th minute, the tie was over. Without a defender in sight, defensive midfielder Gary Medel made it 3-0.
On the stroke of half-time Mallorca were handed a lifeline by the referee. Javier Arizmendi went down easily under the challenge of Federico Fazio with the referee awarding Los Bermellones a penalty. Giovani dos Santos stepped up to sum up the fortunes of his team. His strike was well saved low to the left of Andrés Palop to allow justice to prevail.
Anderson Conceição failed to make it back out of the tunnel for the second half after being replaced by Pedro Bigas. Neither too did Marc Fernández, who was replaced by talented midfielder Carlos Cristeto – making his senior debut. But Javier Arizmendi was forced to continue in his misery.
Caparrós’ half-time team talk had no effect, and with less than two minutes on the clock in the second half it was 4-0. A free-kick from the Sevilla right wing bypassed everyone in the centre of the area before finding an unmarked Alberto Botía at the Mallorca back post. He drove the ball past Aouate to leave Caparrós wondering what he needs to do.
Sevilla took their foot off the gas, but still controlled possession and the game on a night in which you wouldn’t believe they were the away team. But they decided to put the boot in once more when a Jesús Navas cross beat Kevin García who was in pursuit. Former Mallorca target Antonio Luna slid in at the near post to beat the defender and Aouate.
The referee showed mercy blowing his whistle on the 90th minute. In a game with five goals, it may be surprising to state that this was a poor game played at a poor level. But after Mallorca’s run of form, anything is possible.
‘We are a team who is playing without belief. We are not a team who is dead,’ Caparrós said following their last embarrassment. But there will be plenty who disagree with that assessment, after watching yet another abysmal display. The pressure on Caparrós has reached a new level, and despite his obvious skill and experience, you have to draw the line somewhere. And as much as we do not want to write this, that line looks like it could be just days away.
No matter what happens, there will be no cup run this year to ease Mallorca’s pain.
Real Mallorca (4-2-3-1): Aouate; Nsue, Geromel, Conceição (Bigas 45′), Kevin ; Fontàs, Martí; Marc (Cristeto 45′), Giovani, Alfaro (Brandon 80′); Arizmendi.
Substitutes: Miño (gk); Bigas, Ximo; Cristeto; Hemed, Abdón, Brandon.
Sevilla (4-2-3-1): Palop; Coke, Fazio , Botía, Navarro; Medel, Kondogbia (Hervás 65′); Jesús Navas, Rakitic (Luna 51′), del Moral ; Negredo (Reyes 45′).
Substitutes: López (gk); Cala, Luna; Hervás, Rabello; Reyes, Babá.
Goals: Negredo 13′, 18′; Medel 25′; Botía 47′; Luna 84′.
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Stadium: Iberostar Estadi, Palma de Mallorca