Sevilla fu­ri­ous as Juve fight­back to qual­ify

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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 yes­ter­day.

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 10 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.”

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.

Ugly clashes be­tween the two sets of fans on Mon­day that left one Bel­gian Ju­ven­tus fan in hos­pi­tal, spilled onto the pitch in a bad-tem­pered 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 firsthalf 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 spot­kick, but couldn’t keep the mid­fielder’s ef­fort out.

Sam­paoli’s frus­tra­tions with Clat­ten­burg con­tin­ued af­ter the break and he too was sent to the stands early in the sec­ond­half.

Rico had rarely been trou­bled, though, un­til cen­tre-back Bonucci strode for­ward and ham­mered a loose ball from 25 yards low and hard into the bot­tom cor­ner.

And with Sevilla ex­posed chas­ing a late equaliser, Mandzu­kic added a third deep into stop­page time to leave Ju­ven­tus need­ing just to beat the point­less Di­namo Za­greb at home in their fi­nal game to seal top spot in the Group. – AFP

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