Sevilla went into the Sanchez-Pizjuan clash with Cadiz on Saturday afternoon knowing that victory could lift them to third in the La Liga table.
Villarreal drew earlier in the day, and Barcelona won’t play until tomorrow, so the team of Julen Lopetegui had a chance to snatch a Champions League March from their rivals.
With a tenacity suitable to this well-drilled Sevilla squad, they got the job done. To ensure the points remained in Seville, Youssef En-Nesyri, their Moroccan marksman, scored his second hat-trick this month.
Before doubling their lead and his tally four minutes later, he opened the scoring in the 35th minute, completing his hat-trick in the 62nd minute to put the outcome beyond any doubt.
Born in Fez, En-Nesyri joined Sevilla last January from Leganes, whom he joined from Malaga in 2018. En-Nesyri, a Moroccan international, has scored 15 goals this season in all competitions, including nine out of his last 13 attempts.
His red-hot shape didn’t go unnoticed. This winter transfer window, Premier League side West Ham had an offer refused for him.
Sevilla 3-0 Cadiz
1-0 En Nesyri 35′
2-0 En Nesyri 39′
3-0 En Nesyri 62′
Sevilla:Bono, Acuna, Gomez, Kounde, Navas(77’Vidal), Torres(85’Idrissi), Fernando(46’Gudelj), Rakitic(66’Jordan), Ocampos, En Nesyri, Suso(77’El Haddadi)Cadiz:Ledesma, Carcalen, Alcala, Cala, Baro, Alex(81’Malbasic), Fali, Jonsson(60’Izquiredo), Sanchez Ponce(46’Perea), Lozano(81’Nieto), Negredo(81’Garrido)