Seville - A fatigued SC Freiburg were deservedly beaten 2-0 by a more enterprising Sevilla FC side, who remain top of Europa League Group H.

After a goalless first-half, Freiburg fell behind as Diego Perotti coverted from the spot following Fallou Diagne's sending off, before Carlos Bacca grabbed a second in additional time, leaving the Black Forest club without a win from their opening two fixtures.

Sevilla on top


Freiburg began their first European away tie for twelve years by sitting deep and allowing Sevilla to move the ball amongst their back four, but the visitors’ plan to hit on the counter-attack wasn’t without its merits. Mike Hanke had the best early chance with a shot from the edge of the box that was comfortably saved by the hosts' keeper Javi Varas.

However, after Hanke’s warning shot, Sevilla began attempting to make the most of the space they were being afforded, as Jairo Sampeiro slalomed his way through a deep-lying defence to draw the first save out of Oliver Baumann approaching the half-hour mark. Freiburg's backline grew in confidence with each attack they repelled, and before the break left-back Christian Güntner drew a free-kick on the edge of the box which neither Felix Klaus, nor Gelson Fernandes on the rebound, could make the most of as the sides went in level at half-time.

Perotti and Bocca take the points


Sevilla began the half with renewed vigour, and former Bundesliga starlet Marko Marin’s entrance in the 58th minute was immediately followed by a chance for Bacca, who was denied by Coquelin’s late tackle. Freiburg became less sure of themselves in the face of Sevilla’s increasing pressure, and a moment of madness from Diagne saw the Senegalese centre-half shown a straight red-card for bringing Bacca down in the box, allowing Perotti to step up and nonchalantly send Baumann the wrong way for the opening goal of the game.

Thereafter Sevilla sought the second goal against the ten tired men from Freiburg. Chances for Bacca and Ivan Rakitic failed to hit the net, before Günter squandered a wonderful opportunity to equalise, scuffing his shot wide of the post. With the visitors throwing bodies forward, Sevilla took their time in picking off their opponents, which resulted in Bacca tapping the match-winner in from close-range to leave Freiburg in third place in Group H.

Line-ups:

Sevilla FC: Varas - Figueiras, Cala, Pareja, Alberto Moreno - Iborra, Rakitic (Cristoforo, 88') - Samperio, Trochowski (Marin, 56'), Perotti (Rabello, 77') - Bacca

SC Freiburg: Baumann - Sorg, Diagne, Ginter, Günter - Fernandes, Höfler - Klaus (Freis, 69'), Albutat (Mehmedi, 61'), Coquelin (Kerk, 61') - Hanke

Goals: 1-0, Perotti (63'), 2-0, Bacca (90+1')