Sevilla seal last 16 spot with win over Lazio

Sevilla seal last 16 spot with win over Lazio

Sevilla beat Lazio 2-0 at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium to secure their place in the last 16 of the Europa League with a 3-0 aggregate win.

Wissam Ben Yedder, whose solitary goal in the first leg at the Olympic Stadium in Rome last week had given Sevilla the advantage, fired his side into a half-time lead and Pablo Sarabia struck the decisive second late in the game.

Sevilla seal last 16 spot with win over Lazio

Both sides finished the game with 10 men following the second-half dismissals of Sevilla midfielder Franco Vazquez and Lazio winger Adam Marusic.

Ben Yedder gave Sevilla a 1-0 lead on the night in the 20th minute when he turned home a rebound after Sarabia's shot had been saved by Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.

Ciro Immobile and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic both threatened for Lazio just before the interval and, 10 minutes into the second half, Francesco Acerbi forced Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik into a decent save.

Lazio striker Felipe Caicedo's long-range effort flew narrowly wide as the Italian side looked to reduce the deficit.

They were given further hope on the hour mark when Vazquez was shown a second yellow card for his foul on Romulo.

But Lazio's numerical advantage did not last long. Marusic's crude challenge on Roque Mesa 11 minutes later prompted a straight red from English referee Anthony Taylor.

Sevilla sealed their place in the last 16 with 12 minutes remaining when Sarabia raced clear on to Jesus Navas' through-ball and finished low into the bottom corner.

- Press Association

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