Champions League

Sevilla score late to draw Maribor

2017-12-07 07:00
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Slovenia - Sevilla qualified for the knockout phase of the Champions League with a 1-1 draw at Maribor on Wednesday.

In freezing temperatures, the Spanish side started poorly as Maribor broke the deadlock with their first attack at the Ljudski vrt stadium. 

Martin Milec crossed the ball over the Sevilla defence from the right for the unmarked Marcos Tavares, who headed home from close range after 10 minutes.

Sevilla struggled to get in the contest and Aleks Pihler had a good chance to double his team's lead soon afterward with a header that flew just wide of the left post.

Sevilla wasted their best chance in the first-half when a poor pass by Maribor midfielder Damjan Bohar went straight into the path of Wissam Ben Yedder's path, only for the striker to see his shot blocked.

The visitors played better in the second-half with a more accurate passing game and came close in the 50th minute. However, Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic produced a fine double save to keep his team ahead.

Handanovic was decisive again in the 73rd minute when he lunged to deny a close-range effort from Ben Yedder, but the tall goalkeeper should have done better with Ganso's equalizer two minutes later as he dived too late, letting the ball slip under his body and into the back of net.

Meanwhile, Liverpool thrashed Spartak Moskow 7-0 in the group's other match to seal first place.

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