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Maribor prove a match for Sevilla

Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 23.23CET
NK Maribor 2-2 Sevilla FC
Substitute Dare Vršič levelled the scores at the death as the Slovenian champions claimed something of a moral victory.
by Grega Sever
from Stadion Ljudski vrt
Maribor prove a match for Sevilla
Maribor celebrate taking the lead against Sevilla ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 20 February 2014, 23.23CET

Maribor prove a match for Sevilla

NK Maribor 2-2 Sevilla FC
Substitute Dare Vršič levelled the scores at the death as the Slovenian champions claimed something of a moral victory.

A 2-2 draw felt a lot like a victory for Slovenian champions NK Maribor, Dare Vršič levelling nine minutes from the end after Sevilla FC looked to have stolen a march on their hosts in this UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie.

The substitute blasted past Javier Varas from an angle to delight a packed house at the Stadion Ljudski vrt, and while there were chances for the Spanish side to steal a first-leg win – Piotr Trochowski hitting the bar before Jasmin Handanovič saved Vicente Iborra's shot – Ante Šimundža's men had cause for celebration at the whistle.

Sevilla strove to assert their dominance after a cautious start, skipper Ivan Rakitić getting his eye in with a couple of searching passes, yet found goalscoring chances hard to come by. Maribor, meanwhile, were eager to pounce on any mistakes, Jean Philippe Mendy firing narrowly wide after wrong-footing Federico Fazio and Dejan Mezga's effort proving a little too tame to trouble Varas.

Maribor then forged ahead on 33 minutes, Martin Milec steaming through to collect Mezga's diagonal pass and delivering the ball to Tavares, who found the net from ten metres. With the home crowd in raptures, Sevilla floundered for a while, but Kevin Gameiro nearly equalised before the break, Handanovič saving his cheeky back-heeled effort.

The visiting striker was denied again within seconds of the restart as Sevilla tore into their hosts, and got on the scoresheet soon afterwards, sliding in at the far post to meet Rakitić's ball from the right. Damjan Bohar might have restored Maribor's advantage just after the hour, missing the target from a good position, and that appeared a costly error when Fazio got his head to a Rakitić corner 18 minutes from the end.

Rakitić and substitute Marko Marin passed up opportunities to kill the game, setting the stage for Vršić to give the underdogs what felt like their day.

Last updated: 22/02/14 0.03CET

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Lineups

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Maribor

sevilla

Sevilla

33
J. HandanovičJasmin Handanovič (GK)
1
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
5
Ž. FilipovićŽeljko Filipović
2
FazioFederico Fazio
Yellow Card56
Goal72
6
MilecMartin Milec
3
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
8
MezgaDejan Mezga
Substitution75
5
FigueirasDiogo Figueiras
9
TavaresTavares (C)
Goal33
6
Daniel CarriçoDaniel Carriço
Yellow Card62
14
MendyJean-Philippe Mendy
Substitution86
8
CristóforoSebastián Cristóforo
Substitution84
21
DerviševičAmir Derviševič
Substitution87
11
RakitićIvan Rakitić (C)
26
RajčevičAleksander Rajčevič
18
GameiroKevin Gameiro
Goal47
28
VilerMitja Viler
20
VitoloVitolo
39
BoharDamjan Bohar
Yellow Card42
21
ParejaNicolas Pareja
Yellow Card44
Substitution59
44
ArghusArghus
41
CheryshevDenis Cheryshev
Substitution40

Substitutes

1
CotmanAljaž Cotman (GK)
13
BetoBeto (GK)
2
VršičDare Vršič
Substitution75
Goal81
7
MarinMarko Marin
Substitution40
7
MejačAleš Mejač
9
BaccaCarlos Bacca
11
ZahovičLuka Zahovič
12
IborraVicente Iborra
Substitution59
16
VukliševičDamjan Vukliševič
15
TrochowskiPiotr Trochowski
Substitution84
17
FajićNusmir Fajić
Substitution86
16
MorenoAlberto Moreno
20
CvijanovičGoran Cvijanovič
Substitution87
Yellow Card90+1
23
CokeCoke

Coach

Ante Šimundža (SVN) Unai Emery (ESP)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

Istvan Albert (HUN), Zsolt Attila Szpisjak (HUN)

Fourth official

László Viszokai (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Sandor Szabo (HUN), Zsolt Szabó (HUN)

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