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UEFA Youth League: Manchester City go unbeaten

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Alvaro Diaz had a horrible day at the office as Manchester City overcame Sevilla 1-0 in their final group game in the UEFA Youth League.

The Spanish defender scored an unfortunate own goal to cost Sevilla the game before being sent off in the second half for a second bookable offence to end a tournament to forget for the Spaniards.

Man City came into the game having already confirmed top of the group and booked their place in the last 16 but had a chance to go unbeaten in the group stage.

Sevilla, on the other hand, knew they were already eliminated from the competition but had a chance to move up to third if they beat City and Borussia Dortmund failed to beat Copenhagen.

The usually free-scoring City found themselves heavily restricted in the first half despite having a lot of the ball, often struggling to break through an organised Sevilla backline.

They finally made the breakthrough in first half stoppage time when Josh Adam slipped Ezra Carrington in behind who drilled a low cross aimed for Will Dickson but it was instead inadvertently turned into his own net by Diaz.

City had a chance to double their lead in the 55th minute when Joel Ndala found space out wide and picked out Nico O’Reilly who attempted to dink the onrushing keeper but didn’t get quite enough power.

The rest of the second half ticked by in a similar manner to the first with Sevilla holding firm defensively and restricting City to minimal opportunities as the Spaniards seem content with a narrow defeat.

There was still time for the day to get worse for Alvaro Diaz though as he was given a second yellow card in stoppage time for pulling back Ndala and was given his marching orders.

Alvaro Diaz receives red card
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Victory means City progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Youth League with an unbeaten record in the groups making them a team to be feared when the draw is made in February.

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