10-man Sevilla salvages 1-1 draw with Salzburg in CL opener
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Ivan Rakitic equalized for Sevilla against the flow of play from a penalty in the 42nd.
Sevilla played a man down from the 50th after striker Youssef En-Nesryi got his second booking for simulating a foul in the area.
"It was a very strange game,'' Rakitic said. ''It was like every time they reached our area it was a penalty. You can't commit three penalties in the Champions League. We have to learn from this. When you have three penalties and play a man down for 40 minutes, you have to be happy with a draw." Lille hosts Wolfsburg later also in Group G.
Adeyemi earned three fouls in the box thanks to his speed and dribbling — and some rash defending by Sevilla — before 37 minutes were up.
Adeyemi sent his kick wide, but he was right back in the action when 35-year-old Jesús Navas shoved him down from behind.
Heavy rain started to fall on the Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium when the hosts received some help from Salzburg's Maximilian Wober and a video review. Wober's low tackle that clipped the ankle of En-Nesryi gave Rakitic the opportunity to level before halftime.
En-Nesryi was soon sent off when he received a second booking for diving when there was no contact with a defender.
Sevilla improved after Rafa Mir and Érik Lamela went on for its attack. But American midfielder Brenden Aaronson went closest to a winner for Salzburg when he drew another good save from Bounou in stoppage time.
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