Groundhopping before Corona: Sevilla part 1, CF Sevilla-CFR Cluj

📆27-2-2020.

🏆 Europa League 1/16 Finals, 2nd Leg

⚽ CF Sevilla – CFR Cluj 0-0

🏟️ Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla, Spain. Capacity: 43.883

Two weeks ago, when Corona was not yet controlling our daily life, I did a trip to Sevilla for 5 days. I managed to see four games and ticked off some grounds.

Thursday 27th of February I arrived in Sevilla at the airport  San Pablo. The connection with the city center is very easy with the bus direction Plaza de Armas. I get off at stop Torre del Oro (literally Golden Tower and one of the main sights in Sevilla). A 500 metres walk brings me to La Banda Rooftop Hostel where I will stay for 4 nights. This hostel is very charming, clean, staff is very friendly and has a nice rooftop. After checkin I decide to have a walk and discover the city center.

Sevilla is an amazing city and a ‘must go’ for every city trip lover. The absolute highlight is Plaza de Espagna. This incredible sight is a unique square in Europe.

After some sightseeing it’s time to head to the stadium of CF Sevilla. The home team is playing against CFR Cluj from Romania in the 1/16 Finals of the Europa League. The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw.

The Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium is located just outside of the city center in a residential and middle class neighborhood. From outside you can see the red lights all around the stadium with a capacity of 43.883 spectators.

After having a tortilla sandwich I enter the North stand of the stadium. CF Sevilla were in a losing form curve but started the game aggressive against the Romanians. But as from the 30th minute the visitors get better into the game and even had one of the best chances in the last minute of the first half.

In the second half CF Sevilla had the best chances but the Spanish forwards  didn’t finish the game. In the last minute Cluj even scored the winning goal after a mistake of the goalkeeper but VAR recalled after a handsball of a Cluj player. The homefans were very relieved but at the final whistle they booed  their own team and cheered for the away team. The white paper towels came out of the pockets and they yelled ‘Lopetegui dimision’ which means ‘Lopetegui resign now’. They better win on Sunday at home against Osasuna

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