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Sevilla bag second place despite Maribor draw

Asecond-placed finish in Group E was confirmed for Sevilla on Wednesday night as Liverpool’s thrashing of CSKA Moscow meant their 1-1 draw in Maribor was effectively a dead rubber.

Marcos Tavares set the hosts on their way after 20 minutes and it took until the final quarter of an hour for Ganso to sneak a point.

Working the ball well across the final third, the visitors set up the Brazilian for a left-footed curling effort that squirmed under Jasmin Handanovic, a strike the veteran goalkeeper will have been disappointed to let in.

With Barcelona and Liverpool voided from Sevilla’s options in the last-16, an English club such as Manchester City, United or Tottenham Hotspur may well await Eduardo Berizzo’s men, as may Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas or Roma.