Red-carded Nasri blamed as Sevilla's Champions League dream dies

Published March 15th, 2017 - 03:26 GMT
Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri was blamed for Sevilla's defeat to Leicester in the Champions League as Spain woke up Wednesday to the side's first European knockout round elimination in over three years.

English champions Leicester progressed to the quarter-finals after beating the Europa League winners from the past three seasons 2-0 on Tuesday and 3-2 on aggregate in the last 16.

Nasri had already been yellow-carded in the away second leg when he butted Leicester's Jamie Vardy and received his marching orders for only the second time in his career.

Newspaper Diario AS branded the France midfielder a "diva" and marked him zero in its match ratings. One commentator wrote: "He crowned a terrible performance with an absurd sending off.

"In this game his team needed him more than ever and he offered up the worst version of himself."

Marca was more sympathetic, pinning some of the blame on Vardy for "getting him sent off".

Its match report said: "The Frenchman fell into his trap. Vardy provoked him then exaggerated the headbutt.

But beneath its 'Nightmare in Leicester' headline Diario AS was far less understanding, branding him "infantile".

"This was the worst side of him. This was the Nasri nobody wanted to see. A diva, who didn't play well and then did something stupid."

Elsewhere the Spanish reaction hailed Sevilla's conquerors.

Leicester, who became the eighth different English side to make it to the Champions League quarter-finals in the competition's history, were too much for Jorge Sampaoli's side.

However, Sevilla players saw it differently.

"We had the chances to win the game," lamented Sergio Escudero, who hit the crossbar in the second half.

"We couldn't take any of the chances that we had. Football was not fair with us. We had the opportunities to go through."

Midfielder Vicente Iborra was almost in tears at the final whistle.

He said: "We did not play the game we wanted to play. Now we have to pick ourselves up and try to do as well as possible in the league."

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