Martial makes La Liga return and gets outshone by Bebe

Anthony Martial’s loan spell at Sevilla was interrupted last month when he suffered an injury 26 minutes into a game with Espanyol.

After missing two matches including the derby with Real Betis, Martial made his return as a late substitute in the Europa League against West Ham on Thursday night.

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The Frenchman then made his La Liga return at the weekend, making his first league appearance for Sevilla since February 20.

He came off the bench against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend for the final 35 minutes, with his side looking to rescue the game.

Bebe stars

The star of the game was a former Manchester United forward, 31-year-old Bebe.

Bebe helped Rayo Vallecano win promotion to La Liga last season and this weekend he scored his first top flight goal of the season.

He had scored a fortnight earlier in the Copa del Rey, but this was Bebe’s first La Liga goal since Rayo were relegated in the 2018/19 season.

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Bebe was controversially signed for Manchester United in 2010, with Sir Alex Ferguson admitting he had never seen him play. He ended up playing seven times for United, scoring twice.

After various loans and a spell with Benfica, plus two ACL injuries, Bebe has settled in Spain with Rayo, where he has been for the last four years.

He scored an impressive goal against Sevilla with a powerful strike from a wide angle, doing what United’s players couldn’t do against the Spanish side in the Europa League semi-final – score a goal against Sevilla from open play.

Martial plays without being great

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Sevilla then threw on the substitutes to try and change the game, Anthony Martial included.

They scored an equaliser through Thomas Delaney to secure a 1-1 draw, and Martial did his best to try and help his side claim a winner.

It was not his day though, with Martial having just one shot at goal which was saved, and 19 touches overall.

Martial has played six times for Sevilla in total, 297 minutes of playing time, with one goal and one assist.

He will hope to start the Europa League game against West Ham this coming week.

But as far as Sunday’s game went, it belonged to Bebe, who fights on in Spain and on this occasion, got one over on Martial.

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