Ref incurs wrath of Sevilla as Juve win

SEVILLE (SPAIN) • Sevilla were left fuming at English referee Mark Clattenburg as Juventus came from behind to win 3-1 in Spain and seal their place in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday.

The hosts made the perfect start through Nico Pareja's ninth-minute opener, but were reduced to 10 men after just 36 minutes when Franco Vazquez was shown a second yellow card by Clattenburg.

A controversial Juventus penalty converted by Claudio Marchisio followed and Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli was also sent to the stands, before goals in the final six minutes from Leonardo Bonucci and Mario Mandzukic ensured the Italian champions' progress.

Sevilla's first defeat in Group H means they have to avoid defeat by a two-goal margin away to Lyon in two weeks to guarantee their place in the last 16.

"When they went down to 10 men, they closed down all the space and we made several mistakes. Fortunately my left foot came to the rescue," Bonucci told Uefa.com.

However, Sevilla winger Vitolo claimed it was Clattenburg who changed the game.

"Two decisions from the referee have harmed us," the Spanish international told BeIN Sports Spain. "At 1-0 we were playing well, in control and taking the game to them.

"All of a sudden we (had one) man less and he has given a penalty that for me you can't give."

Sampaoli refused to criticise Clattenburg, saying: "It wouldn't speak well of me if I talked about the referee.

"My sending-off was correct because I complained and protested without justification. It's not up to me to analyse the referee's work."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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