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Awesome Arsenal sweep Sevilla aside

Published: Thursday 20 September 2007, 0.45CET
Arsenal FC 3-0 Sevilla FC Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Eduardo da Silva made this a sobering debut for their Spanish visitors.
by Matthew Spiro
from Arsenal Stadium

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Match statistics

ArsenalSevilla

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
1
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners4
 
5
Offsides2
 
5
Fouls committed13
 
10
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 20 September 2007, 0.45CET

Awesome Arsenal sweep Sevilla aside

Arsenal FC 3-0 Sevilla FC Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Eduardo da Silva made this a sobering debut for their Spanish visitors.

Arsenal FC gave Sevilla FC a sobering introduction to the UEFA Champions League as the two-time UEFA Cup winners were beaten on their group-stage debut in London.

Emphatic success
Cesc Fabregas's deflected first-half shot set the 2006 finalists on their way before Robin van Persie added a second a minute before the hour and substitute Eduardo da Silva rounded off a fine victory in added time. While the Spanish side struggled to produce the swashbuckling form shown in recent Primera División and UEFA Cup campaigns, the Premier League leaders extended their home unbeaten record in the competition to 17 matches.

Enterprising opening
Sevilla began tentatively, defending in numbers as the hosts dominated possession early on. Daniel Alves and Jesús Navas provided the visitors' principal attacking outlet on the right and the latter had the game's first meaningful shot, firing narrowly over from long range. Arsenal were in the ascendancy, though, and Van Persie stung the hands of Andrés Palop with a fierce right-footed drive having cleverly turned Christian Poulsen.

Fabregas fortune
The Sevilla goalkeeper was soon in the thick of the action again, blocking Mathieu Flamini's low effort. There was little Palop could do on 27 minutes, however, as Fabregas shot from 25 metres and the ball deflected wickedly off Julien Escudé to wrong-foot the Spanish custodian. It was the in-form midfielder's sixth goal of the season and perhaps his most fortuitous.

Kanouté goes close
The breakthrough lifted home fans and players alike and Arsenal instantly pressed forward in search of a second. Kolo Touré headed Tomáš Rosický's corner off target before Emmanuel Adebayor sliced a glorious opportunity wide after surging infield. Sevilla had been on the back foot for much of the first period but Frédéric Kanouté reminded Arsenal of their threat, first drawing a sprawling save from Manuel Almunia with his right-footed attempt then narrowly failing to connect with Poulsen's cross when only the faintest of touches was required.

Van Persie finish
Aleksandr Kerzhakov was sent on for Luis Fabiano at the break as Sevilla shuffled their strike force and Arsenal responded by replacing Rosický with Abou Diaby. The midfielder nearly set up Van Persie with his first touch but the ball ran away from the Dutchman as he took aim. The north London club continued to play with verve and determination and were rewarded with a second goal on 59 minutes, Fabregas whipping over a right-wing free-kick that was flicked on by Adebayor and thumped in by Van Persie.

Eduardo gloss
When Kerzhakov missed a chance to reply instantly, Sevilla coach Juande Ramos played his final cards by introducing Renato and Seydou Keita, yet he then watched both Adebayor and Van Persie go close after fine work from right-back Bacary Sagna. Sevilla committed men forward in the closing stages and were punished in added time when Aleksandr Hleb found Fabregas for a slide-rule pass that was turned in by Eduardo to ensure Arsenal will go to FC Steaua Bucureşti on 2 October in good heart. Sevilla will look to bounce back against SK Slavia Praha.

Last updated: 20/09/07 10.27CET

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Lineups

arsenal

Arsenal

sevilla

Sevilla

24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Goal27
4
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card74
5
K. TouréKolo Touré (C)
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
6
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
8
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution50
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Substitution46
11
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Goal59
Substitution88
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
13
HlebAleksandr Hleb
14
EscudéJulien Escudé
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
17
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution67
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
18
MartíJosé Luis Martí (C)
Substitution66
25
AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Yellow Card49
Substitution83
28
FazioFederico Fazio

Substitutes

21
FabiańskiŁukasz Fabiański (GK)
13
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
2
DiabyAbou Diaby
Substitution50
5
DudaDuda
8
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
Substitution88
9
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution46
9
EduardoEduardo
Substitution83
Goal90+2
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution67
15
DenilsonDenilson
21
KeitaSeydou Keita
Substitution66
Yellow Card85
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
23
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
32
WalcottTheo Walcott
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca

Coach

Arsène Wenger (FRA) Juande Ramos (ESP)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

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