Ten-man Sevilla fu­ri­ous as Ju­ven­tus fight­back to qual­ify

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Sevilla were left fum­ing at English ref­eree Mark Clat­ten­burg as Ju­ven­tus came from be­hind to win 3-1 in Spain and seal their place in the last 16 of the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day.

The hosts made the perfect start through Nico Pareja’s ninth minute opener, but were re­duced to 10 men after just 36 min­utes when Franco Vazquez was shown a sec­ond yel­low card by Clat­ten­burg.

A con­tro­ver­sial Ju­ven­tus penalty con­verted by Clau­dio Marchi­sio fol­lowed and Sevilla coach Jorge Sam­paoli was also sent to the stands be­fore two goals in the fi­nal six min­utes from Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzu­kic en­sured the Ital­ian cham­pi­ons’ progress.

By con­trast, Sevilla’s first de­feat in Group H means they have to avoid de­feat by a two-goal mar­gin away to Lyon in two weeks to guar­an­tee their place in the last 16. “When they went down to ten men, they closed down all the space and we made sev­eral mis­takes. For­tu­nately my left foot came to the res­cue,” Bonucci told UEFA.com. “We can cel­e­brate be­cause we reached our first ob­jec­tive, but now we have many oth­ers.” How­ever, Sevilla winger Vi­tolo claimed it was Clat­ten­burg who changed the game.

“To­day two de­ci­sions from the ref­eree have harmed us,” the Span­ish in­ter­na­tional told BeIN Sports Spain. “At 1-0 we were play­ing well, in con­trol and tak­ing the game to them; we didn’t have many prob­lems. “All of a sud­den we are left with a man less and he has given a penalty that for me you can’t give.”

Ju­ven­tus trav­elled to Spain shorn of a num­ber of key play­ers, in­clud­ing first choice strike pair­ing Gon­zalo Higuain and Paulo Dy­bala, and got off to the worst pos­si­ble start. A cor­ner from the right was only par­tially cleared and the loose ball was ex­pertly dis­patched into the bot­tom cor­ner from the edge of the area by Pareja.

Ser­gio Es­cud­ero nearly added a spec­tac­u­lar sec­ond as his volleyed ef­fort flew just over the bar. How­ever, ugly clashes be­tween the two sets of fans on Mon­day night that left one Bel­gian Ju­ven­tus fan in hos­pi­tal, spiled onto the pitch in a badtem­pered en­counter in which Clat­ten­burg be­came the pro­tag­o­nist.

Vazquez’s poorly timed trip on Sami Khedira just in­side the Sevilla half was shown no mercy by the of­fi­cial who took charge of last sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal. Sevilla were far more in­fu­ri­ated in first-half stop­page time, though, as Clat­ten­burg pointed to the spot when a se­ries of bod­ies went to ground from a Ju­ven­tus cor­ner.

Ser­gio Rico got a hand to Marchi­sio’s spot-kick, but couldn’t keep the mid­fielder’s ef­fort out. — AFP

SEVILLA: Sevilla’s Ar­gen­tinian de­fender Gabriel Mer­cado (L) vies with Ju­ven­tus’ Brazil­ian de­fender Alex San­dro Lobo Silva dur­ing the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League foot­ball match Sevilla FC vs Ju­ven­tus at the Ra­mon Sanchez Pizjuan sta­dium in Sevilla on Tues­day. — AFP

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