Saul Niguez has said his team still believe they can turn the tie around, despite blowing a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 at home to Sevilla in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey quarterfinal first leg at the Wanda Metropolitano.
“This was not at all what we wanted,” Saul said. “We went for the second goal to try and kill the tie.
“Their equaliser was a bit of bad luck with the deflection. Then we must be more attentive with what happened in the second goal.
“There is still 90 minutes to play in Seville, and we still believe. Fair or not the result stands. We must think about going into the return game with a lot of motivation, knowing we can turn it around.”
Saul said he had not seen anything wrong with the Costa header disallowed in the first half, with replays showing that perhaps Antoine Griezmann had slightly hampered Sevilla keeper Rico’s attempt to come for a corner.
“On the pitch it looked legal,” Saul said. “I don’t know if outside you could see a foul or something, but we thought it was a totally legal goal.”
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