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Sevilla topple Arsenal to advance

Published: Wednesday 28 November 2007, 0.35CET
Sevilla FC 3-1 Arsenal
Sevilla ended their opponents' unbeaten record this term to join them in the knockout stage from Group H.
by Graham Hunter
from Ramón Sanchéz-Pizjuán
Sevilla topple Arsenal to advance
Frédéric Kanouté celebrates his goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SevillaArsenal

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target15
 
5
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Fouls committed16
 
16
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 28 November 2007, 0.35CET

Sevilla topple Arsenal to advance

Sevilla FC 3-1 Arsenal
Sevilla ended their opponents' unbeaten record this term to join them in the knockout stage from Group H.

Sevilla FC joined Arsenal FC in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League after becoming the first team this season to defeat the English Premier League leaders.

Late penalty
Eduardo da Silva fired the Gunners in front early on, but that was as good as it got for the visitors who not only lost their unbeaten record but the Group H leadership as well. Seydou Keita and Luis Fabiano overturned the Croatian international's opener with first-half goals, and Frédéric Kanouté completed the victory with a late penalty. Sevilla will win the section if they match Arsenal's result on Matchday 6, when the UEFA Cup holders travel to SK Slavia Praha and their rivals entertain FC Steaua Bucureşti.

Bendtner strength
Arsenal's breakthrough stemmed from a mixture of strength, skill and unusually lax Sevilla defending. Nicklas Bendtner found metres of space on the right wing and had time to loft the ball across towards Eduardo, who chested it down, held off Daniel Alves and then slotted past Andrés Palop. At that stage Arsène Wenger's game plan was working like clockwork. Identifying Sevilla's main threat as their trademark surging runs down either flank, Arsenal crowded these channels. So effective was the application of Wenger's template that it took a reciprocal error to turn the tie.

Glorious strike
When a long clearance reached Philippe Senderos in the 24th minute he sliced his kick, and from Jesús Navas's probing cross Gilberto's clearance fell sweetly for Keita to run on to and crash a left-foot shot into the top of the net. It was his maiden UEFA Champions League goal, and the first Arsenal had conceded in the group, yet reflected his status as Sevilla's most impressive player this season. The already buzzing atmosphere achieved new highs and the Ramón Sanchéz-Pizjuán crowd roared approval as Sevilla surged forward.

Flowing confidence
A Gilberto mistake then put Fabiano clear on Arsenal's goal but he dallied and failed. It only delayed his moment in the spotlight. On 34 minutes Navas won a free-kick which Alves put squarely into Fabiano's path and the Brazilian headed in his 16th goal of the campaign. Bendtner almost stemmed the tide ten minutes before the break with a terrific piece of penalty-box work that foxed Palop and Christian Poulsen and resulted in Cesc Fabregas's shot being cleared for a corner.

Fabregas off
Barely had the second half got under way, it was clear Fabregas was limping. With so much experience already missing from Wenger's side even the arrival of Tomáš Rosický for the Spaniard was scant consolation. Sevilla bombarded the Arsenal area and between the 58th and 64th minutes Fabiano had two volleys and one header at goal. Then, when Senderos leaned into an Alves cross, referee Eric Braamhaar pointed to the penalty spot for handball only to then consult his assistant, reconsider and award a drop ball to restart play. Braamhaar would later send Wenger to the stands.

Close finish
With both teams fully committed to getting the victory, it was Sevilla who clinched it when Kolo Touré brought down Kanouté as full time approached and the forward scored coolly from the spot. The only negative for Sevilla were the bookings for Keita and Adriano which rule them out of the final fixture.

Last updated: 28/11/07 10.52CET

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Lineups

sevilla

Sevilla

arsenal

Arsenal

1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
Yellow Card50
24
AlmuniaManuel Almunia (GK)
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
4
FàbregasCesc Fàbregas
Substitution56
4
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves (C)
5
K. TouréKolo Touré (C)
6
AdrianoAdriano
Yellow Card44
Substitution90
6
SenderosPhilippe Senderos
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
9
EduardoEduardo
Goal11
8
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
15
DenilsonDenilson
Yellow Card50
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Goal34
Substitution75
19
Gilberto SilvaGilberto Silva
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
Goal89
26
BendtnerNicklas Bendtner
21
KeitaSeydou Keita
Goal24
Yellow Card90+1
27
EbouéEmmanuel Eboué
Substitution78
26
CrespoJosé Ángel Crespo
Yellow Card21
Substitution64
30
TraoréArmand Traoré
28
FazioFederico Fazio
31
HoyteJustin Hoyte
Yellow Card44
Substitution66

Substitutes

13
De SanctisMorgan De Sanctis (GK)
1
LehmannJens Lehmann (GK)
9
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
Substitution75
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
Substitution66
11
RenatoRenato
7
RosickýTomáš Rosický
Substitution56
15
MosqueraAquivaldo Mosquera
Substitution64
8
L. DiarraLassana Diarra
18
MartíJosé Luis Martí
Substitution90
16
FlaminiMathieu Flamini
20
De MulTom De Mul
17
SongAlex Song
22
KonéArouna Koné
32
WalcottTheo Walcott
Substitution78

Coach

Manuel Jiménez (ESP) Arsène Wenger (FRA)

Referee

Eric Braamhaar (NED)

Assistant referees

Arend Brink (NED), Patrick Gerritsen (NED)

Fourth official

Reinold Wiedemeijer (NED)

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