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23/11/2016

Late goals from Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic saw Juventus seal their place in the Champions League knockout stages with a 3-1 win over 10-man Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The Italians trailed to Nico Pareja's ninth-minute strike but the sending-off of Franco Vazquez proved a turning point and a Claudio Marchisio penalty drew the visitors level on the stroke of half-time.

Bonucci lashed a left-foot effort from outside the box to put Juventus in front with six minutes left and Mandzukic made the game safe when he swept his side's third past Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico deep into injury time.

The result saw the Serie A giants leapfrog their opponents to the top of Group H with just a game against Dinamo Zagreb to come, while Sevilla will face Lyon in the knowledge a defeat could conceivably see them miss out on a top two spot.

It had all looked so much better for the home side who had started the night with a two-point cushion at the top and were plainly in the mood to extend their lead when Pareja's superb volley put them in front with just nine minutes on the clock.

But the hosts were hampered by the unnecessary dismissal of Vazquez in the 37th minute for a second yellow card, and Marchisio stayed calm to fire home the penalty before the Italians would ultimately make their numerical advantage count.

Juventus had travelled to Spain with a lengthy injury list and the likes of Gonzalo Higuain and Samir Nasri sidelined, and it was the hosts who dictated much of the early play.

Failure to clear an early corner allowed Pareja to fire his superb low opener and Sergio Escudero missed the chance to add a second as the visitors struggled to settle.

Juan Cuadrado had Juve's first chance when his shot at an angle was saved by Rico, and a swift counter-attack ended in Mandzukic firing just wide.

Sami Khedira came even close for the visitors just before the half-hour mark and the momentum swung further in the visitors' favour after Vazquez's dismissal, with Cuadrado guilty of spurning another chance.

The visitors made their breakthrough in first-half injury-time when Gabriel Mercado was penalised for shirt-pulling in the box, allowing Marchisio to step up and fire the equaliser.

Despite their numerical disadvantage Sevilla pressed well after the break, Vicente Iborra and Adil Rami both heading inches wide from crosses by the lively Pablo Sarabia.

Rico had to stay alert to save in the bottom corner from Miralem Pjanic, and as Juventus began to press home their advantage Cuadrado again missed an opportunity from long-range.

Defender Bonucci made the decisive breakthrough six minutes from time with his powerful shot into the bottom right-hand corner and with the hosts stunned Juventus would seize their opportunity to make sure of victory.

Four minutes into injury-time they extended their advantage and made the game safe when Marchisio found Mandzukic and the Croatian fired past Rico from the left side of the box to compete their victory.

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