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Kanouté confirms Sevilla's top billing

Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.20CET
Sevilla FC 1-0 Rangers FC
Frédéric Kanouté's early penalty was all that separated the teams in Andalusia as the home side comfortably finished top of Group G.
by Graham Hunter
from Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán

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Match statistics

SevillaRangers

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
1
Attempts off target9
 
2
Corners13
 
4
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed6
 
14
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 10 December 2009, 0.20CET

Kanouté confirms Sevilla's top billing

Sevilla FC 1-0 Rangers FC
Frédéric Kanouté's early penalty was all that separated the teams in Andalusia as the home side comfortably finished top of Group G.

Sevilla FC eased their way to victory and completed a miserable UEFA Champions League campaign for Rangers FC thanks to a first-half Frédéric Kanouté penalty which sealed the Spanish side's place in the first knockout round as Group G winners.

Passionate fans
Kanouté coolly slotted in after just eight minutes, and the hosts were largely on top for the full 90 in a match played before passionate home fans and loyal travelling support. In fact, had it not been for a marvellous finger-tip save by Allan McGregor from Didier Zokora with ten minutes remaining, the margin would deservedly have been greater still.

Early impact
Although the Scottish titleholders started with gusto the group leaders quickly established the status quo. On his comeback from an elbow injury, Kanouté was soon hinting that the club's top scorer Luis Fabiano would not be missed, wreaking havoc in the opening stages. First he collected a long ball, controlling with admirable ease under pressure, and stuck out one of his long legs to clip the ball past McGregor only for Saša Papac hook clear on the goalline.

Intentions clear
It was an immediate statement of intent from the 32-year-old striker who has such an impact on Manuel Jiménez's side's creative play. Once Kanouté had softened up the visitors he went for football's version of the knockout blow. What began as a clever break by Fernando Navarro ended with a spot-kick when the left-back's marauding run ended with a foul by Rangers counterpart Steven Whittaker after the Rangers defender had briefly won possession.

Kanouté cool
Kanouté strolled up and mischievously sent McGregor the wrong way at walking pace. Despite the enormous backing of their 2,500 travelling fans and an enthusiastic display of running and pressing from Walter Smith's men, the home side dominated possession without finding a second goal before the break. The closest they came was on 17 minutes, when Renato shot and McGregor fumbled wide.

Sorry record
Though Rangers came into the match unbeaten on their travels in the UEFA Champions League this season it is a more indicative statistic that they have not won outside Scotland since a 3-0 group-stage triumph at Olympique Lyonnais in 2007/08. In nine matches away to Spanish teams they had collected two draws and seven defeats.

Sevilla strength
Not surprisingly, perhaps, Sevilla remained firmly in control, but had only rare efforts by second-half substitutes Aldo Duscher and Álvaro Negredo to show for it. With time running out on their European season, Rangers finally threw all their resources forward and Nacho Novo, whose father played for Sevilla's local rivals Real Betis Balompié, had the best chance for the visitors. The substitute skewed his shot into the sidenetting, however, as Rangers' Group G campaign ended in the disappointment of a fourth defeat.

Last updated: 27/11/12 11.08CET

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Lineups

sevilla

Sevilla

rangers

Rangers

1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK) (C)
1
McGregorAllan McGregor (GK)
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
3
WeirDavid Weir (C)
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Substitution81
5
PapacSaša Papac
Yellow Card35
8
ZokoraDidier Zokora
6
McCullochLee McCulloch
11
RenatoRenato
7
DavisSteven Davis
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
Goal8
Substitution60
8
ThomsonKevin Thomson
16
CapelDiego Capel
16
WhittakerSteven Whittaker
18
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
18
MillerKenny Miller
Substitution46
22
RomaricNdri Romaric
Substitution74
20
BeasleyDaMarcus Beasley
Substitution46
24
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
24
BougherraMadjid Bougherra
Yellow Card84
28
CalaCala
26
SmithSteven Smith
Substitution85

Substitutes

13
Javi VarasJavi Varas (GK)
25
N. AlexanderNeil Alexander (GK)
5
DuscherAldo Duscher
Substitution74
10
NovoNacho Novo
Substitution46
9
KonéArouna Koné
Substitution81
27
K. LaffertyKyle Lafferty
Substitution46
Yellow Card74
19
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Substitution60
29
FleckJohn Fleck
Substitution85
23
LoloLolo
45
LoyRory Loy
25
PerottiDiego Perotti
48
LittleAndrew Little
30
José CarlosJosé Carlos
66
WilsonDanny Wilson

Coach

Manuel Jiménez (ESP) Walter Smith (SCO)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Michael Annonier (FRA), David Benech (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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