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Champions League: Sevilla Ripped Apart By Manchester City

Champions League trophySevilla’s hopes of reaching the Champions League knockout stages all but ended on Tuesday as they were ripped apart by a Manchester City.

Goals by Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho and Wilfried Bony, the last of which Jesús Navas set up brilliantly, allowed the Premier League side to become the first side to score three against Sevilla in Europe. Benoît Trémoulinas cut the arrears for Unai Emery’s side, but it was City’s night in the end.

The win, combined with Juventus’ draw with Borussia Monchengladbach meant that City have reached the knockout stages.

Victors thanks to a last-gasp Kevin De Bruyne strike a fortnight ago in England, it was a devastating early burst that did the damage in Seville. Sterling and Fernandinho netted in quick succession, and though Benoît Trémoulinas pulled one back, once Wilfried Bony restored the two-goal cushion before half-time the result was never in doubt.

Threatening from the get-go, City took just eight minutes to draw first blood, Fernandinho slotting through for Raheem Sterling to open the scoring – and his Champions League account. Within moments Fernandinho was on the scoresheet himself, heading in after Bony’s shot was palmed skywards by Sergio Rico.

City nearly made it 3-0, Jesús Navas slamming a shot against the far post. Sevilla responded, and though Fernando Llorente failed to take his chance, the home side’s full-backs displayed more composure, right-back Coke nicking the ball past Nicolás Otamendi and crossing for Trémoulinas to head in.

An equaliser was briefly in the offing as Joe Hart denied Adil Rami and Vicente Iborra slammed the rebound into side-netting. Sevillista old boy Navas helped kill off their hopes, though, driving in a wonderful low centre for Bony to steer in on 36 minutes.

City were again much the more threatening after the restart, Sterling and Fernandinho continuing to run amok, while Yaya Touré came close to a fourth – lashing a fierce drive just past Rico’s far post. City are through to the round of 16; for Sevilla, the UEFA Champions League dream is all but over.

As it stands Sevilla are third in Group D with three points from four games, ahead of only Borussia Monchengladbach, who held Juventus to a 1-1 draw to claim their second point.

It looks like Sevilla will be heading back to the Europa League, where they have enjoyed so much success in recent years. Considering the hole that Unai Emery’s side have dug themselves in La Liga, winning the Europa League again, might be their best chance to returning to the Champions League next season.

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