Champions League

Samir Nasri gives Sevilla win over Dinamo Zagreb

Samir Nasri (Getty Images)
Samir Nasri (Getty Images)

Zagreb - Sevilla was rewarded for a display of attacking football with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday that kept up their momentum in the Champions League.

After winning three consecutive Europa League trophies, Sevilla continued to make it presence felt in Europe's top competition courtesy of a first-half strike from Samir Nasri on a rainy evening at Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium.

Nasri, who joined the Spanish side from Manchester City on loan ahead of the season, netted from close range in the 37th minute - just 15 minutes after he missed the target in a similar situation.

Sevilla have not conceded a goal in its three Champions League matches and are level seven points with Group H leaders Juventus, who won 1-0 in Lyon.

Lyon has three points, and Dinamo zero halfway through the group stage phase.

With 73% possession, it seemed only a question of time before Sevilla scored the opening goal, and it also had several chances to extend its lead.

Luciano Vietto came close on the hour with only Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to beat.

"We didn't struggle here, although there were clear chances we should have converted," Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said.

"Defensively, we were sound and with possession so high we were able to neutralize Dinamo."

Dinamo lost all three matches and are yet to score a goal in this Champions League campaign

The young Croatian side led by new coach Ivaylo Petev was nowhere near repeating its surprise 2-1 victory over Arsenal during its Champions League campaign last year.

Lacking an all-out striker in the starting line-up, Dinamo offered little threat and the only solace for the home fans in the stands were raincoats that the organizers offered them for free.

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