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UEFA Europa League
11 December 2014
Game week
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Denis Suárez (G) 20' (assist by: José Antonio Reyes)
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That's all from Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Hope you've enjoyed following the LIVE action. I've been Jonathan Davies - farewell until next time!
Denis Suarez's first-half goal was enough for Sevilla to seal their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. They go through as Group G runners-up behind Feyenoord, who won 3-0 at Standard Liege this evening.
90'+5 And that's it! Sevilla are through to the last 32!
90'+4 Sevilla corner. That should be it now.
90'+2 Sevilla have got the ball as they want it. The ball on the floor and a free kick which allows them to take their time and let the clock run down.
90' J. Ivančić gets yellow.
We're going to have four minutes of stoppage time here.
88' N. Pareja gets yellow.
NOT FAR AWAY FROM KRAMARIC! The striker stands over a free kick 30 yards from goal and dead central. He whips his delivery towards goal with venom but it goes just wide of the target.
86' M'BIA HITS THE BAR! That would have been goodnight Rijeka! The ball is worked into the box, but the midfielder's vicious effort thuds against the angle of post and bar.
85' WASTED BY SEVILLA! Rijeka are outnumbered at the back as the hosts burst forward with menace. They cannot get it right though as the ball from the left is overhit and goes behind for a goal kick.
83' GOOD SAVE VARGIC! Gameiro once again gets a sniff at goal from a tight angle, but Vargic is at full stretch to just push the ball away with his fingertips in the end.
82' OFFSIDE GAMEIRO! The linesman's flag keeps Rijeka alive for now. Banega's shot is parried by the keeper and Gameiro taps in the rebound, but it's ruled out for offside.
81' WHAT A WASTE FROM RIJEKA! A huge kick downfield from the keeper set up a two-on-one situation, but neither could take advantage with the ball eventually trickling into the grateful arms of Beto.
79' Rijeka have only ever beaten two Spanish clubs in their history - both came during the 1984/85 campaign. They overcame Real Valladolid before beating Real Madrid 3-1 in the first leg of the second round, only to lose the return fixture 3-0.
77' Diogo Figueiras enters play, replacing Coke.
Moisés is done for the day. J. Ivančić is his replacement.
76' I. Tomečak is cautioned by the referee.
Sevilla are forced into their final change of the night after Coke pulls up injured. Diogo Figueiras will take his place for the final 14 minutes.
74' M. Vešović receives a yellow card.
The game has gone fairly flat here in all fairness - there is very little to report on as possession is switching hands quite frequently through sloppiness of passing.
71' G. Cvijanović enters play, replacing I. Močinić.
The Croatians have just made their second change of the game. Goran Cvijanovic has come on in place of Mocinic - Rijeka need two goals to qualify, remember.
69' By contrast, Rijeka have only gone past the first round once in this competition. That was way back in the 1984/85 season, while they reached the quarter-finals of the 1979/80 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
67' V. Jugović enters the game and replaces Z. Kvržić.
The hosts have got a fairly good record in this competition, they have only failed to progress beyond the opening round on three occasions - 2011/12, 2008/09 and 1983/84.
66' K. Gameiro enters the game and replaces C. Bacca.
65' Sevilla are making their second change of the evening and Bacca makes way for the hosts, with Kevin Gameiro coming on in his place. The Frenchman scored the winning penalty in last season's final.
63' Some nice link-up play from the hosts around the Rijeka area sees Coke whip a dangerous ball across the box, but nobody is in there for Emery's side.
61' I. Močinić is cautioned by the referee.
Half an hour to play here in Spain. Sevilla still lead by that Suarez goal to nil, but they will be wary at the moment and a second goal would really take the wind out of Rijeka's sails.
60' Alejandro Arribas comes on for Denis Suárez.
59' Rijeka do look a lot more lively since the restart. They've just had a shot blocked on the edge of the area and are carrying a greater threat. Sevilla make their change with Suarez making way for Arribas.
57' Sevilla are set to make the first substitution of the night. Alejandro Arribas is stripped off and ready to make his introduction for the hosts.
55' GREAT COUPLE OF SAVES FROM BETO! Within the space of 60 seconds, the Sevilla keeper makes a couple of decent stops to deny the visitors who are offering a lot more in this second half.
53' C. Bacca is yellow-carded.
52' There was also joy for Villarreal in the Europa League this evening. They won 2-0 at Cypriot side Apollon Limassol. That win was enough to see the Yellow Submarine through as Group A runners-up.
50' WHAT A CHANCE FOR JAJALO! Tomecak got down the left hand side and crossed for a completely unmarked Jajalo, but he couldn't find the finish as he sent the ball way off target.
48' Reyes finds himself in space down the right and plays a dangerous ball across the area with the outside of his boot, but Rijeka clear fairly easily.
47' Some space opens up in front of Banega and he tries his luck from 35 yards, but the ball goes well wide of the goal and doesn't trouble Vargic.
46' Sevilla get us back underway!
The teams are back out and the second half is about to get underway.
Rijeka need to start by putting a few passes together in this second half. They were totally outplayed for the first 45 minutes and need to get themselves going if they are to play in this competition after Christmas.
Unai Emery will be more than impressed with the efforts of his Sevilla side so far - they are doing everything that they need to in order to progress.
45'+2 That's it for the first half.
45'+1 Vitolo embarks on a strong run into the heart of the Rijeka defence, but he loses control of the ball in the end and the visitors are able to clear the danger.
45' We're going to have one minute of stoppage time here.
44' GOOD SAVE FROM VARGIC! A mistake in the Rijeka midfield was pounced on by the winger and he drove at the centre halves, but the keeper got down well to get his hand on the placed effort.
42' VERY NEARLY FOR BACCA! Some neat play from the hosts sees Fernando Navarro in acres of space on the left hand side, and his cross is begging Bacca to finish but he is beaten to the ball by a brilliant last-ditch interception.
39' We've got just under six minutes of the first half to play here at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Sevilla are still in control and looking good value for their lead.
37' S. M'Bia receives a yellow card.
Jajalo went down for the visitors and is moving around fairly gingerly at the moment. M'Bia accidentally stood on his planted foot and goes into the referee's notebook - that was painful!
35' The hosts were very nearly in behind but for that interception! The ball breaks for Bacca and he finds Reyes on the right, but his attempted through ball for Coke is well cut out by Mitrovic.
32' There is no doubt in their ability though. They won the Croatian Cup last season and are second only to Dinamo Zagreb in the league, who they trail by four points after 18 games.
30' Nothing is happening for Rijeka at the moment. Sevilla are dominant but the Croatians are having no luck, they're struggling just to string a few passes together on the rare occasions that they do have the ball.
28' Sevilla launch a quick counter attack and show a lot of urgency in their move, but Mocinic is there to eventually snuff out the danger at the expense of a corner.
26' OFFSIDE SEVILLA! They very nearly caught their opponents out there! Reyes was fouled on the edge of the area but took the short free kick too quickly in the end. Relief for Rijeka - they could have been two down!
24' Sevilla came into tonight needing just a point to secure their place in the last 32, though they will have still been nervous knowing what they had to do. You wouldn't have thought so however with the way they've started here - they have controlled the pace of the game and are very much on top.
22' NO GOAL BACCA! The Colombian striker latched onto a chipped ball into the box and got the better of the goalkeeper before backheeling the ball home. He is denied by the offside flag though and replays show he was no more than a blade of grass ahead of the last defender.
20' The assist came from José Antonio Reyes.
Denis Suárez has scored a goal for [team]!
GOAL TO SEVILLA - SUAREZ!! The hosts have the breakthrough and it's no more than they deserve! He receives the ball from Reyes on the edge of the area and drifts past a couple of challenges before coolly finishing past Vargic.
18' They need to gain a foothold in this contest though if they are to have any chance of progessing. Sevilla have enjoyed the majority of possession and the visitors lost the ball too easily when they came forward down the right hand side just now.
16' No matter what happens here this evening, Rijeka can take plenty of positives from this competition. They had to come through three qualifying rounds to reach the group stage which is a terrific feat in itself, while they have beaten Feyenoord and Standard Liege in Group G.
14' Vitolo is yellow-carded.
DIVE FROM VITOLO! He has been heavily involved so far though he was for all the wrong reasons there. He receives the ball and glides in the area before taking a tumble near Samardzic. The referee is unimpressed and produces the first yellow card of the game.
11' Well we have a brief break in play here. Moises is receiving attention after a clash of heads with M'Bia, he should be perfectly fine to carry on though.
10' Sevilla are the defending champions in this competition of course - they beat Benfica 4-2 on penalties in the final in May. It was their third victory in nine years.
8' This is only the second ever meeting between the sides - the first came on matchday two where they played out a 2-2 draw in Croatia.
6' CLOSE FROM SUAREZ! The attacking midfielder played a one-two with Bacca - latching onto his lofted ball over the defence, but he is denied on the half-volley by a good save from Vargic.
4' It's been a very bright start from the hosts indeed! They came forward again there through Vitolo and Coke delivered a low ball into the box, but Rijeka cleared on this occasion.
2' Sevilla were very nearly through on goal inside the opening two minutes there, as Vitolo looked to latch onto a long ball out of defence. It was just out of his reach in the end though.
1' Rijeka get us underway kicking from left to right!
The teams are out and kick off is upon us!
Germany's Manuel Grafe is our referee this evening. He is 41 years of age and has taken charge of Bayern Munich-Borussia Dortmund already this season, as well as Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Besiktas in this competition.
It's winner takes all this evening in Group G. Sevilla are currently on eight points - one more than their opponents. A point will be enough for the Spaniards, while only a win will do for Rijeka.
RIJEKA SUBS: Prskalo, Lima, Leskovic, Cvijanovic, Bertosa, Ivancic, Jugovic.
RIJEKA (4-2-3-1): Vargic; Vesovic, Samardzic, Mitrovic, Tomecak; Mocinic, Jajalo; Kvrzic, Moises, Sharbini; Kramaric.
SEVILLA SUBS: Rico, Figueiras, Gameiro, Aspas, Deulofeu, Vidal, Arribas.
SEVILLA (4-2-3-1): Beto; Coke, Pareja, Daniel Carrico, Fernando Navarro; M'Bia, Banega; Vitolo, Denis Suarez, Reyes; Bacca.
The teams are in and Sevilla have made just two changes from the side that beat Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Sunday, while Rijeka make three alterations from their 3-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb at the weekend.
Good evening and welcome to LIVE text commentary from the UEFA Europa League. Sevilla and Rijeka go head to head for a place in the knockout stages. I'm Jonathan Davies and I'll be guiding you through the action at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.


Fernando Navarro
Daniel Carriço
M. Jajalo
C. Bacca
José Antonio Reyes
A. Sharbini
I. Tomečak
M. Mitrović
I. Močinić
Denis Suárez
M. Samardžić
É. Banega
Z. Kvržić
N. Pareja
I. Vargić
S. M'Bia
M. Vešović
A. Kramarić

Additional info

M. Gräfe
G. Kleve
Fourth official
T. Christ

Match Stats

Sevilla Rijeka
46 Attacks (Dangerous) 24
5 Corners 1
10 Fouls 17
18 Free Kicks 15
5 Goal Kicks 6
4 Offsides 1
1 Shots (blocked) 3
4 Shots (off target) 4
5 Shots (on target) 4
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
40 Throw Ins 16

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