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Sevilla prove too strong for Steaua

Published: Wednesday 24 October 2007, 0.25CET
Sevilla FC 2-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The Spanish outfit's stylish display was sealed by first-half strikes from Frédéric Kanouté and Luis Fabiano.
by Graham Hunter
from Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán

Match statistics

SevillaSteaua

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
4
Corners6
 
4
Offsides0
4
Fouls committed18
 
28
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 24 October 2007, 0.25CET

Sevilla prove too strong for Steaua

Sevilla FC 2-1 FC Steaua Bucureşti
The Spanish outfit's stylish display was sealed by first-half strikes from Frédéric Kanouté and Luis Fabiano.

Sevilla FC gave a display of immense style and power to defeat FC Steaua Bucureşti 2-1 and claim second place in UEFA Champions League Group H for themselves.

Holding on
Juande Ramos's charges won thanks to goals from Frédéric Kanouté and Luis Fabiano, and after resisting the temptation to succumb to a late Steaua revival prompted by Ovidiu Petre's second-half strike.

Ramos request
Ramos had asked for a high-tempo performance, an early goal and the immediate establishment of territorial rights. So specifically did his players meet those requests that it looked as if the Sevilla coach was managing their performance by remote control in real time.

Early goal
Just as in Sevilla's previous home win over SK Slavia Praha on Matchday 2, the powerful African combination of Kanouté and Seydou Keita was hard for Steaua to handle. The UEFA Cup holders were ahead within five minutes when Keita won a key tackle in his own penalty box, sent a visionary pass down the wing to Diego Capel and watched the young winger supply Kanouté. Once more, the striker finished with aplomb and set the perfect tone.

Chances flowing
Confidence flooded through the hosts and Steaua, if anything, seemed bewildered by such strength, pace and panache. Jesús Navas, Christian Poulsen and Fabiano all threatened Robinson Zapata's goal before the Brazilian forward added his eighth goal in nine games on 17 minutes to put Sevilla 2-0 up.

Powerful Fabiano
Ramos had pointed out that Fabiano's fortunes fluctuate in tune with his morale. But his clever positioning on the shoulder of the last defender and lightning-quick reactions were from the top order of European striking. Aquivaldo Mosquera and Daniel Alves played a swift one-two before the latter hit a first-time pass which Fabiano turned into a perfect breakaway: dancing round Zapata and slamming the ball in off Ifeanyi Emeghera's despairing lunge.

Firm control
Apart from one Nicolae Dică header at the back post, Steaua only featured via last-ditch penalty area blocks and damage limitation across the pitch. Had Keita's astonishing 40-metre volley not rattled the left-hand post just before the break then the scoreline would, justifiably, have been more ample.

Made to pay
Sevilla's buccaneering approach – they played large chunks of the second half in a 4-2-4 rather than 4-4-2 formation – stemmed from the fact Poulsen and Keita were magnificent in central midfield. Yet as group rivals Arsenal FC scored for fun against Slavia, the Sevilla crowd grew anxious that domination was not leading to a clearer victory. And almost on cue, Steaua scored their first goal from open play at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in three visits. Substitute Adrian Neaga found space in the penalty box and, despite his shot being blocked, Petre was first to the rebound and dinked it over Andrés Palop.

Off the post
Still, Fabiano wanted to stamp his name more indelibly on the display and responded to the Steaua goal with a fierce shot off the post. Then, with 15 minutes remaining, he sent an even more powerful header just wide from an Alves free-kick. His double may not have arrived, but Sevilla's success duly did.

Last updated: 24/10/07 9.42CET

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Lineups

sevilla

Sevilla

steaua

Steaua

1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
1
ZapataRobinson Zapata (GK)
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
3
GoianDorin Goian
4
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves (C)
5
RadaIonuţ Rada
6
AdrianoAdriano
Yellow Card44
8
O.PetreOvidiu Petre
Goal63
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
10
DicăNicolae Dică (C)
Substitution46
8
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
13
EmegharaIfeanyi Emeghara
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Goal17
16
NicoliţăBănel Nicoliţă
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
Goal5
Substitution71
18
MarinPetre Marin
Yellow Card6
15
MosqueraAquivaldo Mosquera
19
IacobVictoraş Iacob
Substitution71
17
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution85
26
CroitoruMarius Croitoru
Yellow Card75
21
KeitaSeydou Keita
Yellow Card32
84
SurduRomeo Surdu
Substitution46

Substitutes

13
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
12
CerneaCornel Cernea (GK)
5
DudaDuda
7
BicfalviEric Bicfalvi
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution71
9
BadeaValentin Badea
Substitution46
18
MartíJosé Luis Martí
Substitution85
15
NeşuMihai Neşu
20
De MulTom De Mul
17
BaciuEugen Baciu
22
KonéArouna Koné
25
NeagaAdrian Neaga
Substitution46
23
BoulahrouzKhalid Boulahrouz
30
ZahariaDorel Zaharia
Substitution71
Yellow Card84

Coach

Juande Ramos (ESP) Massimo Pedrazzini (ITA)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Paolo Calcagno (ITA), Alessandro Griselli (ITA)

Fourth official

Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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