ZAGREB, Croatia — Sevilla was rewarded for a display of attacking football with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Dinamo Zagreb on Tuesday that kept up its momentum in the Champions League.
After winning three consecutive Europa League trophies, Sevilla continued to make it presence felt in Europe's top competition - courtesy of a first-half strike from Samir Nasri on a rainy night at Zagreb's Maksimir Stadium.
Nasri, who joined the Spanish side from Manchester City on loan ahead of the season, netted from close range in the 37th minute - just 15 minutes after he missed the target in a similar situation.
Sevilla has not conceded a goal in its three Champions League matches and is level on seven points with Group H leader Juventus, which won 1-0 in Lyon.
Lyon has three points, and Dinamo zero halfway through the group stage.
With 73 per cent possession, it seemed only a question of time before Sevilla scored the opening goal, and it also had several chances to extend its lead.
Luciano Vietto came close on the hour with only Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic to beat.
"We didn't struggle here, although there were clear chances we should have converted," Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli said. "Defensively, we were sound and with possession so high we were able to neutralize Dinamo."
Dinamo has lost all three matches and is yet to score a goal.
The young Croatian side led by new coach Ivaylo Petev was nowhere near repeating its surprise 2-1 victory over Arsenal during its Champions League campaign last year.
Lacking an all-out striker in the starting lineup, Dinamo offered little threat and the only solace for the home fans in the stands were raincoats that the organizers offered them for free.