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Sevilla 2-0 Lazio (Agg 3-0): La Liga side ease into last sixteen

Sevilla 2-0 Lazio (Agg 3-0): La Liga side ease into last sixteen

Sevilla secured their place in the last-16 of the UEFA Europa League with a 2-0 win over Lazio rounding off a 3-0 aggregate victory.

Goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Pablo Sarabia added to the former’s strike in the first leg to send Los Nervionenses through in a game where both teams ended the game with ten men.

The hosts were forced into an early change after just six minutes, when Sergio Escudero pulled up with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Quincy Promes.

Their first chance of the game came almost immediately after, but Wissam Ben Yedder’s shot across goal was well held by Thomas Strakosha.

On 20 minutes however, Sevilla would make the breakthrough. Ben Yedder intercepted a slack Sergej Milinkovic-Savic pass before bursting forward and laying off Pablo Sarabia, whose shot was saved, but Ben Yedder was on hand to tap home the rebound.

Lazio’s best effort of the half fell the way of Ciro Immobile but his shot went wildly wide, summing up the Italian side’s half.

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At the start of the second half, André Silva’s shot from a Sarabia knockdown was deflected just wide as Sevilla looked to kill the tie.

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They had their goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik to thank on 55 minutes though, when the keeper was alert to put a Francesco Acerbi volley over the bar.

Five minutes later, the Serie A side were given a boost when Sevilla were reduced to ten men with Franco Vazquez perhaps harshly shown a second yellow card for bringing down Romulo.

Immobile came close to making the man advantage count but his lob over Vaclik only managed to land on the roof of the net.

That miss came back to haunt them soon after when Adam Marusic was also given his marching orders by referee Anthony Taylor. The winger was adjudged to have caught Roque Mesa with an elbow but much like Vazquez’s dismissal, it was rather harsh.

Sevilla wrapped up the tie with 12 minutes remaining with a clever reverse pass from Jesus Navas finding Sarabia who stuck the ball in the corner as the home side became the first team into Friday’s draw.

Sevilla: Vaclik; Mercado, Kjaer, Gomez; Navas, Vazquez, Mesa (Rog, 81), Sarabia, Escudero (Promes, 6); Silva (Amadou, 63), Ben Yedder

Lazio: Strakosha; Patric (Correa, 49), Acerbi, Radu; Marusic, Milinkovic-Savic (Romulo, 56), Badelj (Durmisi, 76), Cataldi, Lulic; Immobile, Caicedo