Emirates Stadium, London, England
35′ Ben Yedder (P)
Sevilla opened the 2017 Emirates Cup with a 1-0 victory over Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig at the Emirates Stadium in London, courtesy of Wissam Ben Yedder’s controversial penalty after Leipzig’s Bernardo was penalised for sending Walter Montoya tumbling in the area despite appearing to win the ball.
Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up started well and had a good chance to open the scoring in the 18th minute when Jean-Kévin Augustin latched onto Marcel Sabitzer’s fine lobbed-pass to volley just over the bar.
In the 34th minute, the former Europa League Champions were awarded a penalty after Montoya was sent tumbling in the area after a challenge from Bernardo, who slid-in and appeared to have taken the ball. Despite his protests, the referee pointed to the spot and Ben Yedder sent Péter Gulácsi the wrong way to put Sevilla ahead.
A minute before the interval the German side went close to levelling the scores when a deflected cross from Sabitzer fell to Yussuf Poulsen, who volleyed the ball just over the bar.
Leipzig started the second-half in the ascendancy and went close to levelling the scores, a minute into the restart when Augustin’s pull-back found Poulsen, whose flick was smothered behind well by substitute keeper David Soria.
In the 54th minute the Spaniards should have doubled their lead when substitute Joaquín Correa was sent through on-goal after a poor back-pass from Stefan Ilsanker, the striker had just Gulácsi to beat but the keeper made a fine save with his trailing leg.
Thirteen minutes later the Spanish side very nearly doubled their lead when substitute Pablo Sarabia sent a terrific cross into the path of Montoya, who volleyed the ball against the bar.
The result meant that Sevilla moved to the top of the Emirates Cup table on four points ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Benfica, while Leipzig dropped to the bottom of the table, without a point.