Sevilla stay on course af­ter Nasri strike sinks Dinamo

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LIVER­POOL want to sign Switzer­land de­fender Fabian Schar, 24, from Ger­man club Hof­fen­heim, but may have to wait un­til next sum­mer to do so.

ARSENE WENGER SEVILLA edged closer to the Cham­pi­ons League last 16 af­ter a first-half goal by Samir Nasri gave the Span­ish side a 1-0 win at Croa­t­ian ti­tle hold­ers Dinamo Zagreb in their Group H match yes­ter­day.

The re­sult left Sevilla, the win­ners of the last three ti­tles in the sec­ond-tier Europa League, level on seven points at the top of the section along­side Ju­ven­tus, who were 1-0 win­ners at Olympique Ly­on­nais.

Sevilla missed a string of chances on a slip­pery sur­face ei­ther side of Nasri’s clin­i­cal 37th-minute fin­ish, when he poked the ball home from a tight an­gle af­ter a low cross by Mar­i­ano Fer­reira.

Nasri, who moved to Sevilla on a year-long loan from Manchester City dur­ing the close sea­son, shot wide from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion mid­way through the first half as Dinamo strug­gled to get out of their own half.

Mar­i­ano, Lu­ciano Vi­etto and Franco Vasquez also came close and the vis­i­tors were nearly pun­ished for their misses in the clos­ing stages af­ter Dinamo fi­nally pressed for­ward.

El Arabi Hi­lal Soudani, Gor­don Schilden­feld and 18-year-old Borna Sosa all came within a whisker of get­ting an equaliser at the Mak­simir sta­dium but Sevilla held on to their slen­der lead. – Reuters

AFPPIX

Although his fu­ture at the club is in doubt, In­ter’s cap­tain Mauro Icardi will start against Southamp­ton early to­mor­row morn­ing. – Twit­ter he has signed a new four-year con­tract.

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