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Unirea edge closer after Sevilla scalp

Published: Wednesday 25 November 2009, 0.25CET
FC Unirea Urziceni 1-0 Sevilla FC
The hosts withstood a second-half onslaught to take a major step towards a spot in the last 16 after Ivica Dragutinović's own goal.
by Trevor Haylett
from Steaua Stadium
Unirea edge closer after Sevilla scalp
Unirea players celebrate their victory against Sevilla ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Unirea UrziceniSevilla

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
5
Attempts off target2
 
7
Corners2
 
5
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed23
 
11
Yellow cards4
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 25 November 2009, 0.25CET

Unirea edge closer after Sevilla scalp

FC Unirea Urziceni 1-0 Sevilla FC
The hosts withstood a second-half onslaught to take a major step towards a spot in the last 16 after Ivica Dragutinović's own goal.

FC Unirea Urziceni's first home win in European competition could not have been better timed as Dan Petrescu's UEFA Champions League debutants closed in on a place in the knockout phase with a battling victory over Group G leaders Sevilla FC.

Late surge
Already through to the last 16, the Spanish side fell behind to a bizarre Ivica Dragutinović own goal on the cusp of half-time, but their first defeat of this campaign did not come without a fight. Doggedly the Romanian titleholders clung on, even when substitutes Luis Fabiano and Ndri Romaric were wreaking havoc, to set up a titanic showdown with VfB Stuttgart in a fortnight. A point in Germany would see Unirea through.

Purposeful start
The home support ended the night as they had begun it, creating a noisy, passionate atmosphere. It had almost yielded an immediate response after kick-off as Pablo Brandán forced the ball in after Iulian Apostol's free-kick had brought panic to Sevilla's defence. However, Marius Bilasco had been standing offside. It would be some time before Unirea threatened again as Sevilla took affront to their aggressive start. The Andalusians were soon dictating their own tempo, diligently passing among themselves and awaiting openings. One duly arrived as Abdoulay Konko advanced from right-back and fired over a cross which Frédéric Kanouté, returning after injury, diverted on to the near post. Strike partner Álvaro Negredo – playing in place of the rested Fabiano – hit the woodwork himself with a header from a tight angle midway through the half.

Negredo threat
Dan Petrescu's team were giving their heart and soul but they struggled to develop enough momentum to worry Sevilla consistently. The alarm was at the other end as Diego Capel raided with pace and skill, his low shot finding defender Ersin Mehmedović in the way with the goal under threat. The interval beckoned but from an innocuous position Unirea took an unlikely lead. Brandán's free-kick from near halfway was too advanced for his attackers yet, under no pressure, Dragutinović, headed into his own net. If that was a lucky break for the hosts, the second half would be testament to their hard work as they maintained the advantage under heavy siege. Negredo somehow cleared the bar following a fierce free-kick and Fabiano's introduction just past the hour was the signal for Sevilla to step on the gas again.

Unirea openings
Unirea were left praying for another goal on break, and Serban Varga almost delivered with an effort that called on all Javi Varas's reflexes to repel it. Varga found the side-netting after another counterattack and then, just when Brandán's left-wing cross seemed perfectly tailored for the lurking Bilasco, a Dragutinović interception this time had positive benefits for his team. By now Romaric had joined the fray and he threatened to crush Unirea hopes as he made inroads down the left. But every cross, every pass, was desperately swallowed up by the white shirts. They would soon be saluting a famous triumph, though not before Gierdrius Arlauskis had pulled off a great save to deny Konko in added time and Fabiano had slammed into the side-netting.

Last updated: 27/09/14 4.38CET

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Lineups

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Unirea Urziceni

sevilla

Sevilla

1
ArlauskisGiedrius Arlauskis (GK)
13
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
4
MehmedovićErsin Mehmedović
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
Goal45
6
GalamazGeorge Galamaz (C)
Yellow Card75
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Yellow Card52
7
BilaşcoMarius Bilaşco
8
ZokoraDidier Zokora
9
VargaDacian Varga
Substitution89
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté (C)
18
Ricardo GomesRicardo Gomes
Yellow Card23
Substitution90+4
16
Diego CapelDiego Capel
Substitution62
19
BrandánPablo Brandán
17
Sergio SánchezSergio Sánchez
23
BordeanuValeriu Bordeanu
18
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
24
MafteiVasile Maftei
Yellow Card83
19
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution70
30
FrunzaSorin Frunza
Substitution64
23
LoloLolo
Substitution62
32
ApostolIulian Apostol
Yellow Card49
24
KonkoAbdoulay Konko

Substitutes

74
TudorDaniel Tudor (GK)
26
Dani JiménezDani Jiménez (GK)
10
PădureţuRăzvan Pădureţu
Substitution90+4
4
SquillaciSébastien Squillaci
11
OnofraşMarius Onofraş
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Substitution62
16
NicuEpaminonda Nicu
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution62
17
SemedoAntónio Semedo
Substitution89
22
RomaricNdri Romaric
21
BălanTiberiu Bălan
Substitution64
25
PerottiDiego Perotti
Substitution70
22
Bruno FernandesBruno Fernandes
30
José CarlosJosé Carlos

Coach

Dan Petrescu (ROU) Manuel Jiménez (ESP)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)

Fourth official

Kristoffer Helgerud (NOR)

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