Champions League

Zagreb rout takes Sevilla to brink of last 16

2016-11-03 07:23
Wissam Ben Yedder (Getty Images)

Madrid - Sevilla moved to the brink of qualification for the Champions League last 16 for the first time in six years with a 4-0 thrashing of 10-man Dinamo Zagreb at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.

Luciano Vietto's 31st-minute opener put Sevilla in control and Zagreb's hopes of ending a 10-game losing run on the road in the Champions League evaporated when Petar Stojanovic was shown a second yellow card in first-half stoppage time.

Sergio Escudero, Steven N'Zonzi and Wissam Ben Yedder extended Sevilla's advantage in the final 24 minutes as Jorge Sampaoli's men moved to the top of Group H.

A late Lyon equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Juventus prevented Sevilla from mathematically qualifying, but they need just a point from their final two games to reach the knockout phase.

Without the injured Samir Nasri, Sampaoli handed a rare start to Brazilian playmaker Ganso and he shone as Sevilla dominated from start to finish.

Vietto continued his fine form as he controlled a low cross from the left and his effort from a narrow angle had too much power for Dinamo 'keeper Dominik Livakovic.

Zagreb have yet to pick up a point in four games and their mission became one of damage limitation once Stojanovic saw red just before the break.

It took Sevilla over 20 minutes to make their numerical advantage count, but the goals began to flow once Escudero exchanged a one-two with Vitolo before firing into the far corner.

N'Zonzi's towering header from Pablo Sarabia's corner added a third before Ben Yedder rounded off a fine team move to rub salt in Zagreb's wounds.

Sevilla have still to concede a goal in the Champions League and can beat Juventus to top spot in the group with victory over the Italian champions on home soil in three weeks' time.

 

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Lyon v Zenit St. Petersburg, Groupama Stadium 18:55
Inter Milan v Slavia Prague, San Siro 18:55
Ajax v Lille, Amsterdam ArenA 21:00
Benfica v RB Leipzig, da Luz 21:00
Red Bull Salzburg v Genk, Red Bull Arena 21:00
Napoli v Liverpool, San Paolo 21:00
Borussia Dortmund v Barcelona, Signal Iduna Park 21:00
Chelsea v Valencia, Stamford Bridge 21:00
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Club Brugge v Galatasaray, Jan Breydel Stadion 18:55
Olympiacos v Tottenham Hotspur, Karaiskakis Stadium 18:55
Bayern Munchen v Red Star Belgrade, Allianz Arena 21:00
Bayer Leverkusen v Lokomotiv Moscow, BayArena 21:00
Dinamo Zagreb v Atalanta, Maksimir Stadium 21:00
Shakhtar Donetsk v Manchester City, Metalist Stadium 21:00
Paris SG v Real Madrid, Parc des Princes 21:00
Atletico Madrid v Juventus, Wanda Metropolitano 21:00
Tuesday, 01 October 2019
Atalanta v Shakhtar Donetsk, San Siro 18:55
Real Madrid v Club Brugge, Santiago Bernabeu 18:55
Juventus v Bayer Leverkusen, Allianz Stadium 21:00
Manchester City v Dinamo Zagreb, Etihad Stadium 21:00
Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid, Lokomotiv Stadium 21:00
Red Star Belgrade v Olympiacos, Stadion Rajko Mitic 21:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Bayern Munchen, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 21:00
Galatasaray v Paris SG, Turk Telekom Arena 21:00
Wednesday, 02 October 2019
Slavia Prague v Borussia Dortmund, Eden Arena 18:55
Genk v Napoli, Luminus Arena 18:55
Liverpool v Red Bull Salzburg, Anfield 21:00
Barcelona v Inter Milan, Camp Nou 21:00
Valencia v Ajax, Mestalla 21:00
RB Leipzig v Lyon, Red Bull Arena 21:00
Zenit St. Petersburg v Benfica, Saint Petersburg Stadium 21:00
Lille v Chelsea, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 21:00
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Shakhtar Donetsk v Dinamo Zagreb, Metalist Stadium 18:55
Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen, Wanda Metropolitano 18:55
Juventus v Lokomotiv Moscow, Allianz Stadium 21:00
Manchester City v Atalanta, Etihad Stadium 21:00
Club Brugge v Paris SG, Jan Breydel Stadion 21:00
Olympiacos v Bayern Munchen, Karaiskakis Stadium 21:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Red Star Belgrade, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 21:00
Galatasaray v Real Madrid, Turk Telekom Arena 21:00
Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Ajax v Chelsea, Amsterdam ArenA 18:55
RB Leipzig v Zenit St. Petersburg, Red Bull Arena 18:55
Benfica v Lyon, da Luz 21:00
Slavia Prague v Barcelona, Eden Arena 21:00
Genk v Liverpool, Luminus Arena 21:00
Red Bull Salzburg v Napoli, Red Bull Arena 21:00
Inter Milan v Borussia Dortmund, San Siro 21:00
Lille v Valencia, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 21:00
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