Champions League round-up: De Jong scores winner for Sevilla

Champions League round-up: Luuk de Jong scores winner as Sevilla beat Rennes and Pepe Reina helps Lazio secure draw at Bruges 

  • Sevilla are second in Group E with four points, behind Chelsea on goal difference
  • Forward Luuk de Jong broke the deadlock in the 55th minute against Rennes
  • Reina produced a couple of decisive saves to help Lazio to a 1-1 draw at Bruges 

Sevilla picked up their first Champions League win of the season with a 1-0 victory over Rennes on Wednesday after outclassing the French side but managing to convert only one of the numerous clear chances they carved out.

Dutch forward Luuk de Jong broke the deadlock in the 55th minute, after Sevilla had dominated the first half, when he raced to meet a cross from Marcos Acuna and found the net with a sidefooted volley.

Julen Lopetegui’s Europa League holders had a total of 22 shots on goal to the visitors’ two, hitting the target nine times and seeing Joan Jordan rattle the crossbar in the second half.

Sevilla forward Luuk de Jong broke the deadlock in the 55th minute against Rennes

Rennes goalkeeper Alfred Gomis was also on form, parrying a header from De Jong in the second half, an early strike from Lucas Ocampos and tipping a vicious volley from Munir El Haddadi on to the crossbar.

While there was a sense of disbelief that Sevilla could not score more, there was also relief at earning a first win in five matches in all competitions after suffering shock defeats to Eibar and Granada in their last two La Liga outings. 

The Spaniards are second in Group E with four points after two games, level with first-placed Chelsea, while Rennes have one point.

De Jong raced to meet a cross from Marcos Acuna and found the net with a sidefooted volley

Veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina produced a couple of decisive saves to help Lazio to a 1-1 draw at Brugge in their Champions League match on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Reina was given a starting role in the absence of Thomas Strakosha. With Brugge pushing hard to break the stalemate in the second half, Reina’s pedigree and experience helped keep the visitors afloat. 

Unbeaten in two matches, Bruges and Lazio lead the Group F standings with four points. Third-place Borussia Dortmund beat Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 in the group’s other match.  

Ferencvaros came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with 10-man Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday and earn the Hungarian club’s first Champions League point in 25 years.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina produced a couple of decisive saves to help Lazio to a draw at Brugge

Dynamo led through a penalty from Viktor Tsygankov and a goal on the counterattack from Uruguayan midfielder Carlos de Pena. Tokmac Nguen brought the Hungarian champion back into the game with a powerful shot which went in off the far post in the 59th minute.

Dynamo lost midfielder and captain Serhiy Sydorchuk when he earned a second yellow card for a clumsy tackle in the 85th. That paved the way for Ferencvaros to level the game five minutes later when substitute Franck Boli knocked in the ball from close range at a free kick.

Group leader Barcelona beat Juventus 2-0 in Wednesday’s other game. Barcelona has six points and Juventus three, while Ferencvaros and Dynamo have one point apiece and are already fighting for third place in Group G and a Europa League spot.




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