Ocampos scores and makes winning save for Sevilla


It was a night to remember for Sevilla forward Lucas Ocampos in the Spanish league on Monday.

The Argentine led his team to a crucial victory by scoring the winning goal early in the second half and making the winning save deep in stoppage time while replacing his team’s injured goalkeeper.

The 1-0 victory over Eibar strengthened Sevilla’s grip on fourth place and kept the team on track to secure the final Champions League berth. With four rounds to go, Sevilla opened a six-point gap to fifth-placed Villarreal, which lost to Barcelona on Sunday. Sevilla was within two points of third-placed Atlético Madrid.

Ocampos scored in the 56th minute, then had to put on the goalkeeper’s gloves and jersey after Tomás Vaclik hurt his left leg while colliding with an opponent in the final minute of stoppage time. Vaclik could not continue and Sevilla had already made all five substitutions.

Eibar had a throw-in for the last play of the match and Ocampos ended up having to make a big save – from a shot by the opponent’s goalkeeper – to secure his team the home win.

Eibar goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic had gone toward the area for the final play and received an open shot from close range after picking up a loose ball inside the box. But his attempt went toward Ocampos, who battered the ball away just before the final whistle.

Ocampos scored with a right-footed touch from close range after Jesús Navas cleared a couple of defenders and made a well-placed cross toward the far post.

Eibar nearly equalized when Kike Garcías’s shot hit the post in the play in which he collided with Vaclik as the goalkeeper charged from his net.

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