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Fener 'character' the key for Zico

Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.40CET

Fenerbahçe SK coach Zico praised the character of goalkeeper Volkan Demirel after he recovered from two early blunders to emerge the hero at Sevilla FC.

Match statistics

SevillaFenerbahçe

Goals scored3
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
6
Attempts off target10
 
9
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed28
 
37
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Matches

4 March 2008

Milan
0-2
Arsenal
Sevilla
3-2
(2-3p)
Fenerbahçe
Barcelona
1-0
Celtic
Man. United
1-0
Lyon

5 March 2008

Real Madrid
1-2
Roma
Chelsea
3-0
Olympiacos
Porto
1-0
(1-4p)
Schalke

11 March 2008

Internazionale
0-1
Liverpool
 
Published: Wednesday 5 March 2008, 0.40CET

Fener 'character' the key for Zico

Fenerbahçe SK coach Zico praised the character of goalkeeper Volkan Demirel after he recovered from two early blunders to emerge the hero at Sevilla FC.

Fenerbahçe SK coach Zico, who turned 55 on Monday, was belatedly celebrating tonight and said goalkeeper Volkan Demirel showed "character" to recover from two blunders in the first nine minutes to make three saves in the penalty shoot-out at Sevilla FC that took his team into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time. Sevilla's Manuel Jiménez, meanwhile, bemoaned the failure of his side to kill off the game when they had the chance.

Manuel Jiménez, Sevilla coach
We had problems with strategy, as usual this season. We should have avoided conceding these two goals. It's a shock. At 2-0, Sevilla couldn't hold on because we didn't kill off the game. We always attack and attack and we gave away dangerous corners and free-kicks. We had more possession but Fenerbahçe attacked well. We were worrying and we don't know why. Sevilla and Fenerbahçe are two good teams and either side could have won. The defeat hurts because we were not inferior tonight. Good luck to Fenerbahçe now.

Zico, Fenerbahçe coach
We are very happy because we qualified and, moreover, with the way we reached the quarter-final. We showed a lot of character and we did well in the shoot-out. We played with courage to take a step into the future. I have great confidence in Demirel, the goalkeeper. He may have made mistakes but he showed character in the shoot-out. I celebrated my birthday alone for the first time, without my family, but my family was Fenerbahçe tonight. I expected Sevilla to attack, because Sevilla have players who attack a lot.

Last updated: 05/03/08 2.12CET

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