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Parma look to precedent

Published: Thursday 3 March 2005, 7.57CET
Sevilla FC have never met Italian opposition, but Parma FC have a proud record against teams from Spain.
Published: Thursday 3 March 2005, 7.57CET

Parma look to precedent

Sevilla FC have never met Italian opposition, but Parma FC have a proud record against teams from Spain.

Sevilla FC first played European football in the 1957/58 season but the visit of Parma FC brings them up against Italian opposition for the first time.

Form is not a problem for Sevilla - they have won all four of their UEFA Cup games at home this season, keeping three clean sheets and scoring nine goals with Julio Baptista contributing four. Indeed, Sevilla are unbeaten in all 17 home matches they have staged in European competition, including games against the likes of SL Benfica and compatriots Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona.

Parma, meanwhile, have won all three of their previous two-legged ties against Spanish clubs. In their successful 1992/93 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup campaign they reached the final by beating Club Atlético de Madrid on the away goals rule: winning 2-1 in Spain and losing 1-0 at home. In a 1994/95 UEFA Cup third-round tie against Athletic Club Bilbao they lost the away leg 1-0 but won the return 4-2 and again went on to lift the trophy.

When they triumphed again four seasons later, Atlético were overcome 5-2 in the semi-finals; keeping up their perfect record of always prevailing in a European tournament after defeating Spanish opposition. Parma did lose 2-0 at Athletic Club Bilbao in the group stage this term, however, but ended a run of two away defeats when they beat VfB Stuttgart 2-0 in extra time in the Round of 32.

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