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Juve in pole position after Sevilla success

Published: Tuesday 22 November 2016, 22.55CET
Juventus came from behind to win 3-1 at Sevilla, who played almost an hour with ten men following Franco Vázquez's red card, and go top of UEFA Champions League Group H.
Juve in pole position after Sevilla success
Leonardo Bonucci wheels away after putting Juventus 2-1 up ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

SevillaJuventus

Goals scored1
 
3
Possession (%)45
 
55
Total attempts6
 
12
on target1
 
5
off target5
 
4
blocked0
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides5
 
2
Yellow cards4
 
4
Red Cards1
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
18
Fouls suffered16
 
13
Passes360
 
521
completed293
 
467

Standings

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Last updated: 20/11/2017 15:48 CET
 
Published: Tuesday 22 November 2016, 22.55CET

Juve in pole position after Sevilla success

Juventus came from behind to win 3-1 at Sevilla, who played almost an hour with ten men following Franco Vázquez's red card, and go top of UEFA Champions League Group H.

Juventus defeated ten-man Sevilla 3-1 to go top of Group H with one game to play.

The home team took the lead with their first attempt when Juventus failed to clear effectively a cross, allowing Nicolás Pareja to find the bottom corner with a precise volley.

The Italian champions bent but did not break, and had a couple of chances before Franco Vázquez left Sevilla with ten men after collecting two quick bookings. On the stroke of half-time Leonardo Bonucci was pulled down following a corner and Claudio Marchisio levelled from the penalty spot.

Juventus failed to create great opportunities in the second half but Bonucci again came to the rescue by volleying them in front before Mario Mandžukić scored an added-time third.

Key player: Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)
The Colombia winger has been in great form for several weeks and tonight he was almost unstoppable on the flank, causing plenty of problems for the Sevilla defence with his runs. Massimiliano Allegri has often deployed him as a substitute to change games with his pace, but it will be difficult for the Juventus coach to leave out such a lethal weapon in the future, even when he has everyone back from injury.

Making the extra man count
Playing 11 against ten is obviously an advantage but you need to use it in the best possible fashion. Juventus won an important game at Lyon despite being a man down. Tonight Sevilla failed to do the same after Vázquez was sent off in the first half. Hats off to the midfielder's team-mates, who played with courage until the final whistle, but plaudits too for the expert way Juve waited with patience until the hosts tired and then punished them with two late strikes.

Cool heads needed
One of the things Sevilla demonstrated, besides their quality, in winning three straight UEFA Europa Leagues was maturity. They had setbacks, be it injury, suspension, being eliminated from the UEFA Champions League, but simply set their sights on the next objective and achieved it. Here, however, first Vázquez then coach Jorge Sampaoli lost their cool and were dismissed; Juventus made them pay.

Reporters' views

Graham Hunter, Sevilla (@BumperGraham)
Both coaches said they'd go for the match and we certainly got that. Passion, drama and, sadly, a sense that the very best of what the contest could have been was snatched away from us. Sevilla fought tigerishly to ensure Vázquez's red card didn't condemn them to a tough matchday six trip to Lyon, but there was just a slight overdose of passion and not quite enough ice in the veins. With Samir Nasri already absent, the loss of Vázquez meant Steven N'Zonzi, their player of the season thus far, was shackled into defending and that cut their tempo. This was fascinating and thunderous. But it could have been so much more, for both spectators and the home side.

Paolo Menicucci, Juventus (@UEFAcomPaoloM)
It isn't easy to face a team like Sevilla in their stadium when you're missing three centre-backs of the quality of Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Medhi Benatia and three forwards of the ilk of Gonzalo Higuaín, Paulo Dybala and Marko Pjaca. Juventus, however, proved to have enough depth to be competitive despite the absences. Playing 11 against ten for almost an hour made everything easier but confidence is growing and the Bianconeri can now win the section by beating Dinamo Zagreb at home.

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Last updated: 23/11/16 0.27CET

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Lineups

sevilla

Sevilla

juventus

Juventus

1
RicoSergio Rico (GK)
1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
3
Mariano FerreiraMariano Ferreira
Substitution76
5
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
Substitution84
8
IborraVicente Iborra (C)
Yellow Card90+5
6
KhediraSami Khedira
Yellow Card42
9
ViettoLuciano Vietto
Substitution46
7
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
Yellow Card72
Substitution87
15
N'ZonziSteven N'Zonzi
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
Goal45+2
18
EscuderoSergio Escudero
12
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
20
VitoloVitolo
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
Yellow Card25
Goal90+4
21
ParejaNicolás Pareja
Goal9
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
Goal84
22
VázquezFranco Vázquez
Yellow Card31
Red Card36
23
Dani AlvesDani Alves
23
RamiAdil Rami
24
RuganiDaniele Rugani
24
MercadoGabriel Mercado
Yellow Card37
33
EvraPatrice Evra
Yellow Card65
Substitution72

Substitutes

25
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
25
NetoNeto (GK)
4
KranevitterMatías Kranevitter
Substitution76
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
Substitution87
6
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
11
HernanesHernanes
12
Ben YedderWissam Ben Yedder
18
LeminaMario Lemina
14
Kiyotake                      Hiroshi Kiyotake
22
AsamoahKwadwo Asamoah
17
SarabiaPablo Sarabia
Substitution46
27
SturaroStefano Sturaro
Substitution72
19
GansoGanso
34
KeanMoise Kean
Substitution84

Coach

Jorge Sampaoli (ARG) Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Referee

Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Assistant referees

Jake Collin (ENG), Simon Bennett (ENG)

Fourth official

Ian Hussin (ENG)

Additional assistant referees

Anthony Taylor (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution