Sevilla has an appointment with history tonight at Sánchez Pizjuán. The team coached by Julen Lopetegui faces Borussia Dortmund who arrives at low hours in the Bundesliga but who has already recovered one of his great references in attack: the Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland, who will be well supported by other players such as Jadon Sancho, Gio Reyna or Marko Reus among others.
If they get a victory today, the Sevilla team would take an important step towards the quarterfinals before playing the pass in the always difficult Signal Iduna Park, the home of Borussia, and close that pass to the quarterfinals, a round little explored by Sevilla throughout its history in the highest continental competition.
And it is that Sevilla has reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League and the old European Cup on two occasions. The first time that Sevilla reached the quarterfinals of the European Cup was in the 1957/1958 season. In the preliminary round, Sevilla beat Benfica 3-1 in the first leg and drew 0-0 in the second leg to meet AGF Aarhus in the first round, where they won the first leg 4-0 with two doubles from Antonio Iborra and Lorenzo Martínez and sealing their place in the quarterfinals despite losing 2-0 in the second leg in Denmark. Nevertheless, In the quarterfinals, Real Madrid put an end to Sevilla’s career in the tournament after winning 8-0 in the first leg and a 2-2 draw in the second leg at Sánchez Pizjuán.
It would take 60 years for Sevilla to return to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after several years of touring the desert and after falling in the 2007/2008 and 2016/2017 seasons in the second round. In the 2017/2018 season, Sevilla managed to pass as second in group E after Liverpool to meet in the round of 16 with Manchester United. After the 0-0 in the first leg at the Pizjuán, the Sevilla fans stormed Old Trafford to win the match and the tie 1-2 thanks to a historic double from Wissam Ben Yedder. In the quarter-finals, Sevilla had to face Bayern Munich, who won the first leg at the Pizjuán 1-2 after goals from Jesús Navas on their own goal and Thiago Alcántara. A result that the Sevilla team failed to turn around in the second game in Munich, where the match ended with a 0-0 draw.