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Fenerbahçe flair leaves Zico smiling

Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 0.20CET
Fenerbahçe SK coach Zico said his side has "showed good creativity all over the pitch" to overcome a Sevilla FC team whose coach Manuel Jiménez was "very sad".
Fenerbahçe flair leaves Zico smiling
Mateja Kežman celebrates scoring Fenerbahçe's first goal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

FenerbahçeSevilla

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target7
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
4
Corners3
 
7
Offsides5
 
3
Fouls committed17
 
19
Yellow cards5
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

19 February 2008

Schalke
1-0
Porto
Liverpool
2-0
Internazionale
Roma
2-1
Real Madrid
Olympiacos
0-0
Chelsea

20 February 2008

Celtic
2-3
Barcelona
Lyon
1-1
Man. United
Arsenal
0-0
Milan
Fenerbahçe
3-2
Sevilla
 
Published: Thursday 21 February 2008, 0.20CET

Fenerbahçe flair leaves Zico smiling

Fenerbahçe SK coach Zico said his side has "showed good creativity all over the pitch" to overcome a Sevilla FC team whose coach Manuel Jiménez was "very sad".

Fenerbahçe SK coach Zico congratulated his side for earning a dramatic late 3-2 victory in an entertaining contest against a more experienced Sevilla FC outfit in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League first knockout round tie. His opposite number Manuel Jiménez, was disappointed his side had twice conceded "when we were in control of the game" but felt the away goals could prove crucial to their hopes of progressing.

Zico, Fenerbahçe coach
Today our aim was to get the win. It was a hard game, as we expected, so I want to congratulate all my players. They did their best tonight as Sevilla are a strong team and their players have been together for a long time. It was hard to beat them but we showed good creativity all over the pitch. Both teams played attacking football and had chances to win the game but we were a little bit better that Sevilla. Edu's own goal can happen to any player – it is not a big deal. In his position sometimes mistakes can bring this kind of result.

Manuel Jiménez, Sevilla coach
We are very sad. From the first minute of the game our aim was to win and I think we deserved to do that, but we lost. But to score two goals in an away game makes us feel better. If the score had been 2-2 we would have been very happy and would have had the advantage for the second game. The funny thing is, with the first and second goals, we conceded when we were in control of the game. Once again I experienced that football is about 90 minutes and you never know what will happen until the game ends. Fenerbahçe are a strong and experienced team but we are looking forward to meeting them at home.

Last updated: 21/02/08 0.17CET

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