UEFA Champions League: Youssef En-Nesyri Shines as 10-man Sevilla Rallies to Beat Krasnodar 3-2
Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Substitute Youssef En-Nesyri scored a pair of goals three minutes apart in the second half as 10-man Sevilla rallied from two goals down to defeat Krasnodar 3-2 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The win left Sevilla tied with Chelsea at the top of Group E. Both teams have seven points each, but Chelsea was ahead on goal difference after a 3-0 win over Rennes. Krasnodar and Rennes stayed at the bottom with one point each.
Sevilla played the entire second half a man down as captain Jess Navas was shown a red card for a foul to stop a Krasnodar counterattack just before the break.
The visitors had opened the scoring with a free kick taken by Magomed Suleymanov from the edge of the area in the 17th minute, and Marcus Berg added to the lead by converting a penalty that was given after a video review in the 21st.
Sevilla started its comeback with a header by Ivan Rakitic in the 42nd, and En-Nesyri scored his goals after coming off the bench early in the second half.
His first came after Krasnodar defender Kaio lost control of the ball while being pressured near the area in the 69th, and the second was a shot from inside the box after Rakitic’s cross from the left hit the post in the 72nd.
Rakitic had hit the crossbar with a shot from inside the area in the 62nd.
Sevilla was yet to concede, having drawn 0-0 with Chelsea and defeating Rennes 1-0 at home. Krasnodar drew 1-1 at Rennes and lost 4-0 to Chelsea at home.
The Spanish club plays at Krasnodar on Nov. 24.