Yedder fires in hat-trick

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September 27, 2017
Sevilla's Wissam Ben Yedder celebrates after scoring during the Champions League Group Er match between Sevilla and Maribor in Seville, Spain, yesterday.

SEVILLE, Spain (AP):

Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat-trick to lead Sevilla to a comfortable 3-0 win over Maribor in Group E of the Champions League yesterday.

Ben Yedder scored his first two goals about 10 minutes apart before halftime, and added the third by converting a penalty late in the second half to give Sevilla the group's provisional lead with four points after two matches.

"It's my first hat trick in the Champions League, I'm very happy," Ben Yedder said. "It's another match ball that is going home."

Spartak Moscow and Liverpool drew 1-1 in the other group match yesterday.

Sevilla were coming off a draw at Liverpool, while Maribor drew with Spartak in Slovenia.

Sevilla were in control from the start at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, creating most of the scoring chances and barely being threatened at the other end. Maribor managed only one shot on target.

"It was a convincing victory," Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo said. "We controlled possession and accelerated the pace at the right moments. That's how we got the two quick goals. We won with authority."

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