Krasnodar 1-2 Sevilla: Visitors reach Champions League knockout stage

Krasnodar 1-2 Sevilla: Munir El Haddadi nets last-gasp winner following Ivan Rakitic’s superb half-volley as LaLiga side seal progression to Champions League knockout stages

  • Ivan Rakitic got Sevilla off to a flyer in the fourth minute with a superb half-volley
  • Krasnodar equalised in 56th minute through Wanderson Maciel Sousa Campos
  • Sevilla had the last laugh with an injury-time winner through Munir El Haddadi
  • The LaLiga outfit have qualified for knockout stages with two matches to spare 

Sevilla reached the Champions League knockout stages with two games to spare after a stoppage-time goal by Munir El Haddadi snatched a 2-1 win at Krasnodar in the Group E clash on Tuesday.

The result left Europa League holders Sevilla second in the group on 10 points from four games, behind leaders Chelsea on goal difference and nine ahead of Krasnodar and Rennes.

Chelsea also made the last-16 after an injury-time header from Olivier Giroud gave them a 2-1 win at Rennes.

Munir El Haddadi netted in the fifth minute of injury-time to secure a 2-1 victory for Sevilla

The Sevilla star is mobbed by his jubilant team-mates following his last-gasp winner in Russia

Ivan Rakitic gave Sevilla a fourth-minute lead with a thumping first-time shot from outside the penalty area before half-time substitute Wanderson equalised in the 56th and El Haddadi netted a last-gasp winner for the visitors.

Croatia midfielder Rakitic stunned the home side with a precise strike into the bottom right corner and the visitors missed several chances in the first half to double their advantage, with El Haddadi and Diego Carlos coming close.

Remy Cabella hit the post for Krasnodar and Sevilla striker Luuk De Jong volleyed over the bar at the other end early in the second half before Wanderson levelled.

The Brazilian capped a flowing move when he side-stepped a defender in the area and beat goalkeeper Tomas Vadik with a crisp shot which Jules Kounde failed to clear off the line.

With the match seemingly heading for a draw, the lively El Haddadi struck a sublime shot with his weaker right foot to beat home goalkeeper Evgeni Gorodov and send the Spanish side into the business end of Europe’s premier club competition.

Sevilla had earlier been pegged back in the 56th minute by Wanderson Maciel Sousa Campos

Ivan Rakitic gave the LaLiga outfit the perfect start in the Champions League group stage clash

The former Barcelona midfielder put Sevilla ahead inside just four minutes on Tuesday evening

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