Juventus beat 10-man Sevilla


November 23, 2016
AP Sevilla's Gabriel Mercado (left) restrains Juventus' Alex Sandro during the Group H Champions League match between Sevilla and Juventus at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain yesterday. Juventus won 3-1.

SEVILLE, Spain (AP):

Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic scored late to give Juventus a 3-1 win at 10-man Sevilla yesterday and a spot in the Champions League knockout phase.

Sevilla took an early lead when Nicolas Pareja struck a long-distance volley that Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon didn't appear to see as the ball skimmed through a crowded area.

Sevilla's Franco Vasquez was sent off for two yellow cards in quick succession midway through the first half and Claudio Marchisio equalised with a penalty just before the break.

Bonucci and Mandzukic then found the net in the final 10 minutes.

Juventus, the five-time defending Serie A champion, leads Group H with 11 points, one more than Sevilla, the three-time defending Europa League champions.

Lyon are next with seven points after beating Dinamo Zagreb 1-0 in the other group game, while Zagreb are last with none.

"We've achieved our first objective of the season. But we've got to win against Dinamo Zagreb also. Nothing is a given in football," Bonucci said. "We knew it would be difficult here and they scored with their first shot. But we did well to react and bring home the qualification."

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