Sevilla stay on course after Nasri strike sinks Dinamo
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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
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.