VfL Wolfsburg v Sevilla FC - Group G - UEFA Champions League
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Mir's big Champions League chance doesn't go to plan

Former Wolves striker Rafa Mir was handed a huge opportunity to shine in the Champions League last night.

Sevilla’s first-choice striker Youssef En-Nesyri was sent off in their first group match.

We wrote at the time that should hand Mir a chance to shine in matchday 2 and so it proved.

He was selected to start as the Spanish outfit travelled to face Wolfsburg last night.


But it’s fair the big night didn’t go to plan.

As per WhoScored, Mir had just 13 touches in 52 minutes before he was hooked.

Unsurprisingly with that lack of involvement, he didn’t have a shot or make a key pass in the game.

He also picked up a booking and his passing was wayward too, with a success rate of 57.1 per cent.


A poor individual performance doesn’t tend to happen in isolation, and Mir did try and get involved in things physically.

He won two headers but also gave away three fouls. It just wasn’t his night.

Mir traded Wolves for Champions League nights and this was his biggest opportunity to show his quality since leaving Molineux.

It didn’t go to plan, although Sevilla did get a 1-1 draw, thanks to Ivan Rakitic’s 87th minute penalty.

That the Croatian playmaker was the man who replaced Mir sums up his night and the Spanish hitman will hope for better matches ahead.

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