Bono, a hero in limbo

The goalkeeper who stopped the penalty at Wolves had to extend his loan from Girona; He has not fit in for more than 500 minutes and now he is between Catalonia and Seville.


The tangled paths of football put Bono ahead of a forward, Raúl Jiménez, whose way of throwing he remembered from the summer of 2014, when the two met at Atlético de Madrid. As his teammate Lucas Ocampos shoots from the penalty spot in a similar way, holding on until the end, the Moroccan goalkeeper had spent several days rehearsing with the Argentine. In the 12th minute of the game that learning took effect and Bono avoided Jiménez's goal from 11 meters, the Mexican's first failure in this way throughout his career as a club player. He had only missed one of 27 and it was with his selection.

"I had been practicing in training with Ocampos, who shoots in a similar way. I also knew Raúl Jiménez from Atlético. He usually waits, so at that moment I felt that I had to feint to jump to the other side. I was lucky," he said humbly a goalkeeper who has grown huge, like all Sevilla, and accumulates more than 500 minutes without receiving a goal. Athletic scored the day it was his turn to replace an injured Vaclik under the three sticks of the match, in the 28th minute. But Bono contributed with some worthwhile stop to the comeback in San Mamés (1-2) and then he has settled under the three Nervionenses against Mallorca (2-0), Real Sociedad (0-0), Valencia (1-0 ), Roma (2-0) and Wolves (0-1) .

Although he had only lost in one of his 12 games prior to confinement (8 in the Europa League, two in the League and another two in the Cup), the Canadian-born goalkeeper had left many doubts about a Cluj goal that did not reach the scoreboard by hand, but that would have gotten Sevilla out of this competition in the round of 32, and also with certain hesitations on the 26th day against Osasuna.

So with Vaclik recovered, before starting to play this Europa League, many wondered if Lopetegui would keep the Moroccan under the three suits. Locker room or form things, the Basque coach kept the goalkeeper who was working and he has responded more than anything. Barring injury or expulsion, he will play the remainder of the tournament starting with Sunday's game against Manchester United. The most paradoxical: Bono had to be extended the loan of Girona, which ended on June 30, until the end of the competition. Monchi was looking for a goalkeeper in the market for next season, until a few days ago no one would have given a penny for Bono's continuity. Now, the Moroccan wins integers not to return to Catalonia to continue reinforcing the Sevilla goal, especially if he ends up lifting the Sixth Europa League on June 21 in Cologne. The purchase option was five million euros.

Interestingly, Sevilla have won their last three Europa Leagues in consecutive years with three different goalkeepers under their belt. In 2014, Turin against Benfica, it was the turn of the Portuguese Beto; Against Dnipro in Warsaw (2015) Sergio Rico played, who a priori must return to the Nervionense discipline. And in 2016 Unai Emery gave the Basel final to the now Getafense David Soria. It happened to them, as it happens to any other goalkeeper who passes through Nervión, including Vaclik and Bono himself, that they are all compared to the Superman who lifted the first European titles, Andrés Palop.

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