Sevilla 3-2 Real Sociedad: Youssef En-Nesyri scores hat-trick as Sevilla prevail in five-goal thriller
- Youssef En-Nesyri scored a hat-trick as Sevilla won 3-2 versus Real Sociedad
- Diego Carlos scored an own goal while Alexander Isak scored for the visitors
- Sevilla are sixth in LaLiga and have the same points as Sociedad, who are fifth
Sevilla forward Youssef En-Nesyri scored a hat-trick as they beat visitors Real Sociedad 3-2 in a La Liga thriller after a chaotic start saw four goals in 10 minutes on Saturday.
Moroccan En-Nesyri nudged a low cross from Fernando into the net after four minutes but less than 60 seconds later Sociedad levelled thanks to a remarkable own goal from Sevilla defender Diego Carlos, who lobbed goalkeeper Bono from outside the area as he tried to prevent Alexander Isak reaching the ball.
En-Nesyri restored Sevilla’s lead moments later with an impressive solo run and powerful finish but Swedish forward Isak levelled in the 14th, sticking a leg out to score from a corner.
Youssef En-Nesyri (left) scored a hat-trick as Sevilla beat Real Sociedad 3-2 in LaLiga
En-Nesyri celebrates with his team-mates after scoring his third goal against Real Sociedad
The striker showed impressive composure to complete his hat-trick in an enthralling contest
En-Nesyri completed his treble in the first minute of the second half, pouncing at the far post after Lucas Ocampos had carved his way through the visiting defence.
The Moroccan became only the second player to score a hat-trick in La Liga so far this season and the first in open play. Valencia’s Carlos Soler scored a treble of penalties against Real Madrid in November.
The win took Sevilla into sixth on 30 points from 16 games, level with Sociedad in fifth and with three matches in hand.
Sevilla’s Diego Carlos shows his frustration after he scored an own goal in the fifth minute
Alexander Isak was on the scoresheet for Real Sociedad but his side still ended up losing
Sevilla: Bono, Navas (Vidal 70), Kounde, Diego Carlos, Acuna, Jordan, Fernando, Rakitic (Rodriguez 85), Suso (Munir 84), En-Nesyri (De Jong 89), Ocampos (Vazquez 89)
Subs: Gomez, Torres, Rekik, Pastor, Gudelj, Diaz, Idrissi
Goals: En-Nesyri 4, 7, 46
Real Sociedad: Remiro, Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Sagnan (Le Normand 46), Munoz, Guridi (Barrenetxea 56), Zubimendi, Merino, Portu (Januzaj 78), Isak, Oyarzabal (Roberto Lopez 78)
Subs: Merquelanz, Aranbarri, Willian Jose, Bautista, Ayesa, Illarramendi, Guevara
Goals: Diego Carlos (o.g.) 5, Isak 14
Booked: Sagnan, Munoz, Guridi
The rate of goals began to slow after Isak’s strike but the action did not and visiting keeper Alex Remiro had to tip away shots from En-Nesyri and Joan Jordan while his opposite number Bono thwarted Cristian Portu.
When the halftime whistle arrived, 13 shots had been fired at goal, seven on target.
En-Nesyri is jubilant after scoring for Sevilla, who managed to prevail in a five-goal thriller
The second half was no less explosive. Suso almost stretched Sevilla’s lead soon after En-Nesyri’s third goal when he burst through on the counter but Remiro turned his shot round the post.
Sociedad could then have equalised when Mikel Merino headed at goal but defender Jules Kounde cleared the ball off the line.
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