Wednesday, 16 May 2007

UC Final: Sevilla pip brave Espanyol

Andres Palop saved three shoot-out penalties as Sevilla became the second side to retain the UEFA Cup despite twice losing the lead as they finally defeated ten-man Espanyol 3-1 on penalties after a gripping contest in Glasgow.

The holders, bidding to emulate fellow Spaniards Real Madrid who lifted this trophy in 1985 and 1986, took an 18th-minute lead through Adriano Correia only for Albert Riera to level ten minutes later.

Espanyol, who also lost the 1988 final on penalties, were hit by the second-half dismissal of Moises Hurtado but still managed to take the game into extra time. Frederic Kanoute – who also scored in last year's final – restored Sevilla's advantage but again Espanyol fought back through Jonatas's deflected drive and it took the drama of a shoot-out, where Palop saved from Luis Garcia, Jonatas and Marc Torrejon to finally end their hopes.

[UEFA Cup Results]

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