A man down Sevilla side couldn’t stop Juventus till last gasp
Juventus who were forced to play a 1-1 draw on match day 1 against Sevilla at Juventus Stadium, in Italy, paid a visit to Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizuán, in Spain. It’s not easy to grab all three points at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizuán, but Franco Vazcuez sending-off just after the half-hour mark made things easy for the Old Lady of Turin. Claudio Marchisio first-half stoppage time penalty, and Leonardo Bonucci & Mario Mandzukic late strikes helped Serie A five time running champion secured a victory against Sevilla side.
Sevilla made a promising start with Nico Pareja early strike, but things changed when Franco Vazcuez indiscipline earned him two back to back bookings. If Sevilla would have opted for a little bit more discipline, they could have gone on top and Juventus would have been forced to finish second in group H. But, their indiscipline cost them match, and they loses out 1-3 against Juve at home.
As Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli made clear in his press confrence, going for attacking football, his team made the early impact. Nico Pareja, Argentine central defender joined the attack and strikes with a brilliant precision to give Sevilla the lead to put pressure on visitors. But, Vazcuez added the needless twist in the match making harsh tackle unnecessarily on Juan Cuadrado and Sami Khedira. Referee Mark Clattenberg sent off Vazcuez showing two yellows in the span of 6 minutes.
Juventus got their feet back with a man advantage, and Mercado mistake to pull down Bonucci in stoppage time made things worse for Sevilla. Juve got a penalty awarded and Marchisio made no mistake from the spot. Mercado was lucky not be sent off, he was also on yellow before pulling Bonucci down.
Sevilla attacking philosophy ended with a man disadvantage, as they were forced to sit back and defend. But, they displayed a better defending till 80th minute, and kept Juve away from exploiting their man advantage. Luciano Vietto withdrawal in 2nd half forced Vitolo to go solo in attack, and lack of support at front brought frustrating night for the hosts. Jorge Sampaoli also got sent off into the stands, just before the hour mark.
Sevilla defence didn’t disappoint, it was individual stupidity which cost them the match. They hold on till 84th minute for their point which could have taken them at top of group H. But, Cuadrado’s cross from the right which should have got cleared on the edge of the box, Bonucci latched on to it, sending a rasping first-time drive past the helpless Rico and into the bottom-right corner to give Juve lead after only six minutes of the normal time of the game left.
Mandzukic buried Sevilla’s all hopes of a late equaliser with a cool finish across Rico into the bottom-right from 16 yards. Now, Sevilla needs a victory playing away against Lyon, and hope Juve loses against Dynamo Zagreb if they want to finish as a group winner.