Sevilla stun German giants
Sevilla earned their first victory in UEFA Europa League Group J with a hard-fought win at 10-man Borussia Dortmund.
Sevilla went ahead through Luca Cigarini with a goal two minutes into first half stoppage-time, before the hosts were reduced to 10 men in the 50th minute when Marcel Schmelzer was given his second yellow card. Both teams are now on three points after two games in the group.
Dortmund started with much more ball possession but the Germans struggled to outwit the rigid Sevilla offside trap. The first notable chance came in the 26th minute when Lucas Barrios' header required Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop to make a fine save.
The Spaniards did not really pressure Dortmund's goal much though Luis Fabiano's long flat shot went just wide left 10 minutes before the break. Dortmund pushed forward wave after wave but Palop again stopped Barrios in superb fashion in the 43rd minute.
But it was Sevilla who grabbed the lead just before the break when Cigarini blasted home from 10 yards out after Martin Caceres' header from Tiberio Guarente's free-kick had been cleared by Serbian international Neven Subotic.
Dortmund were reduced to 10 men five minutes after the restart when referee Mike Dean showed Schmelzer his second yellow card of the night for apparent simulation. The match then began to get out of the control of Dean, who drew the yellow card out of his pocket three more times in the next eight minutes.
The contest settled down and the first chance of the second half went to Alexis, whose header went just wide of the far right post for Sevilla with 22 minutes to play. Shinji Kawaga was through the Sevilla backline but struck the post in the 70th minute for Dortmund, then Fabiano headed just wide a minute later at the other end.
The hosts' push in the 89th minute nearly resulted in the equaliser but Caceres cleared Mats Hummels' header at the line. Dortmund's next Europa League match is 21 October at home against Paris St Germain while Sevilla head to Karpaty Lviv.