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Juventus Win In Seville To Reach Last 16: UCL : Sevilla 1 – 3 Juventus

Juventus' Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic (3L) celebrates a goal with teammates during the UEFA Champions League football match Sevilla FC vs Juventus at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on November 22, 2016. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)

Juventus came from a goal down to defeat Sevilla by three goals to one at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The crucial away win saw the Italian giants leapfrog Sevilla to top the group be a point going into the final round of Fixtures.

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The Europa League champions started brightly and went ahead through a beautiful volley by Nicolas Pareja as early as nine minutes into the first period.

The Andalusian club took the game to a startled Juve who looked increasingly uncomfortable with the attacks and suffocating pressure by Jorge Sampaoli’s men.

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After playing for a 0-0 draw in Turin in September, Sampaoli warned Juve before the match that his side were going to be far more menacing in attack this time around and the players certainly seemed to be on a similar wave length early on.

A win would have won group H outright for ‘Los Nervionenses’ but the game turned when the La Liga outfit saw Franco Vazquez sent off before half time for two yellow cards.

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Referee Mark Clattenburg controversially awarded the ‘Old Lady’ a penalty just moments after reducing Sevilla to 10 men and Claudio Marchisio duly stepped up to put his kick underneath the body of a despairing Sergio Rico.

Sevilla’s situation forced them to adopt a more defensive approach after the break and they had generally equipped themselves well, despite the visitors becoming the dominant force in possession.

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With tempers still seething following the break, Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands and his with his side already down a man, Sevilla were in big trouble as Vitolo played in a lone striker role and found himself chasing lost causes throughout the second 45 minutes.

With the home side looking desperate to hold on to the point that would see them through to the knockout phase, Juve struck the hammer blow.

Juan Cuadrado‘s right-wing cross was cleared to the edge of the box and Leonardo Bonucci latched on to it, sending a rasping first-time drive past the helpless Rico and into the bottom-right corner.

Mario Mandzukic then ended Sevilla’s hopes of a late equaliser with a cool finish across Rico into the bottom-right from 16 yards, leaving the hosts sweating on their chances of qualification with one match to go away to a Lyon side chasing second spot.

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Following the game, Juve boss Max Allegri said: “Juventus have to be sharper, but one target is achieved”

Sevilla now travel to Lyon in need of a point to qualify and Juventus host Dinamo Zagreb knowing that they’re already through to the knock-out rounds, but will want to finish on a victory as to win the group.

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