Soccer-PSV fight back from two goals down to win against Sevilla

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group B - Sevilla v PSV Eindhoven - Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville, Spain - November 29, 2023 PSV Eindhoven players pose for a team group photo before the match REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo

SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) -PSV Eindhoven fought back from two goals down to earn a 3-2 win in a high-octane Champions League group stage encounter against Sevilla on Wednesday that moved the Dutch side closer to the knockouts and ended Sevilla's qualification hopes.

Defender Sergio Ramos gave Sevilla the lead in the 24th minute and Youssef En Nesyri chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to extend their advantage two minutes after the break.

Yet the match turned on its head after Sevilla's Lucas Ocampos was sent off in the 66th minute for two yellow cards in the space of three minutes.

Ismael Saibari got PSV back in the game with a fine volley in the 68th minute and the Dutch side equalised with an own goal by defender Nemanja Gudelj in the 81st.

Ricardo Pepi's header earned the visitors a comeback victory that lifted them to second place in the Group B on eight points, one behind leaders Arsenal, who have a game in hand and will face Lens, who are third on five points, later on Wednesday.

PSV will secure their spot in the knockouts if Arsenal beat Lens, while Sevilla, who are bottom on two points, will now set their sights on qualifying for the Europa League by finishing third in the group.

The record seven-times Europa League winners need Lens to lose to Arsenal. They must then beat the French side in their last group match to finish ahead of them in the standings.

"We had a favourable result after dominating the first half, but going a man down killed us and they took advantage of it," Sevilla's Ramos told Movistar Plus.

(Reporting by Fernando KallasEditing by Toby Davis)

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