Nasri on target for Sevilla


October 19, 2016
AP Sevilla's Samir Nasri celebrates after scoring during the Champions League Group H match between Dinamo Zagreb and Sevilla, at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, Croatia yesterday.

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP):

Sevilla was rewarded for a display of attacking football with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb yesterday that kept up their momentum in the Champions League.

After winning three consecutive Europa League trophies, Sevilla continued to make their presence felt in Europe's top competition - courtesy of a first-half strike from Samir Nasri on a rainy night at Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium.

Nasri, who joined the Spanish side from Manchester City on loan ahead of the season, netted from close range in the 37th minute - just 15 minutes after he missed the target in a similar situation.

Sevilla have not conceded a goal in its three Champions League matches and are level on seven points with Group H leaders Juventus, who won 1-0 in Lyon.

Lyon have three points, and Dinamo zero halfway through the group stage.

With 73 percent possession, it seemed only a question of time before Sevilla scored the opening goal.

Luciano Vietto came close on the hour with only Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to beat.

"We didn't struggle here, although there were clear chances we should have converted," Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said. "Defensively, we were sound and with possession so high we were able to neutralise Dinamo."

Dinamo have lost all three matches and are yet to score a goal.

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