30.11.2015 12:00 - in: UCL S

      Success for City and Sevilla as Foals stage fightback

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      Manchester City and Sevilla record home wins over Southampton and Valencia respectively, Borussia Monchengladbach come from two goals down to draw away at Hoffenheim
      Sevilla 1-0 Valencia

      Sevilla sealed a fifth win in eight after beating Valencia by a goal to nil at the Stadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Sunday evening.

      Sergio Escudero’s second-half volley proved the difference between the sides, but the hosts might have had more to show for their dominance, especially after the visitors were reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Joao Cancelo and Javi Fuego.

      Valencia would have their Australian goalkeeper Maty Ryan to thank for making important saves on efforts by Fernando Llorente, Mariano and Yevhen Konoplyanka, the Ukrainian seeing another of his attempts blocked by Brazilian defender Aderlan Santos, who also deflected an Adil Rami header over the bar late on.

      The win moves Unai Emery’s men up to 18 points in La Liga, just one behind their opponents on the night, whose manager Nuno revealed that he would be departing the club after a fourth defeat of the campaign saw them slide to ninth position.

      Manchester City 3-1 Southampton

      Manchester City bounced back from the disappointment of Wednesday’s Champions League defeat to Juventus with a commanding 3-1 victory at home to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

      Kevin De Bruyne turned in Raheem Sterling’s cross to get City up and running from the ninth minute and Fabian Delph added a second with a deflected shot only 11 minutes later.

      Shane Long pulled a goal back for the Saints with a header shortly after the interval, but Aleksander Kolarov re-established the hosts’ two-goal advantage midway through the second period, rifling past opposition keeper Maarten Stekelenburg from an acute angle.

      The win, combined with Leicester City’s draw with Manchester United, sees Manuel Pellegrini’s charges reclaim first place in the Premier League after just one week off the top of the table.

      Hoffenheim 3-3 Borussia M'gladbach

      Borussia Monchengladbach completed a spirited comeback from two goals down to claim a point in their 3-3 draw away to Hoffenheim on Saturday.

      The Foals got off to the perfect start when Fabian Johnson scored after just five minutes, but the hosts responded strongly and equalised in the 10th minute, Steven Zuber nodding home Nadiem Amiri’s corner.

      Amiri would go on to have a hand in each of his side’s next two goals as well, as the 19-year-old set up Eugen Polanski for his side’s second of the afternoon before going on to score himself two minutes after the interval, latching onto Lars Stindl’s loose ball before beating Yann Sommer to give Hoffenheim a 3-1 lead.

      Josip Drmic then struck on 56 minutes to reduce the deficit and Gladbach’s renewed vigour for the remainder of the second period eventually bore fruit when Johnson completed his brace and, in doing so, drew the visitors level with just three minutes left on the clock.

      The result sees Andre Schubert’s men extend their unbeaten run in the Bundesliga to nine matches and they leapfrog Hertha Berlin into the fourth Champions League qualifying spot.

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