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Servette happy with stalemate

Published: Thursday 18 October 2001, 21.00CET
Real Zaragoza and Servette FC played out a goalless draw at the La Romareda stadium in Thursday night’s UEFA Cup second round first-leg tie and it was the Swiss visitors who had the better of the proceedings.

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Published: Thursday 18 October 2001, 21.00CET

Servette happy with stalemate

Real Zaragoza and Servette FC played out a goalless draw at the La Romareda stadium in Thursday night’s UEFA Cup second round first-leg tie and it was the Swiss visitors who had the better of the proceedings.

Real Zaragoza and Servette FC played out a goalless draw at the La Romareda stadium in Thursday night’s UEFA Cup second round first-leg tie and it was the Swiss visitors who had the better of the proceedings.

Spanish problems
Zaragoza are currently struggling in the Spanish first division defensively they appeared nervous at times, while in attack they found it hard to get forward in support of their isolated striker Jorge González. As a result, after some early flourishes, it was Servette who created the best openings and with a touch more composure they may well have left with a win to take back to Geneva.

Good chances

Wilson Oruma, a dangerous presence for Servette all night, almost broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a fierce right-footed drive that took a deflection before smacking against a post. Seconds later Alexander Frei made a hash of a one-on-one situation with César Laínez, curling his shot past the post.

Amazing miss
For Zaragoza, their best chance of the evening came shortly after the break when a cross from the right found Paulo Jamelli unmarked in the area with goalkeeper Eric Pedat stranded. Somehow though the Zaragoza forward managed to drag his shot wide of an open goal.

Constant menace
That amazing miss appeared to knock the stuffing out of the home players and their supporters and it was Servette who dominated from that point onwards. Frei and Oruma were a constant menace to the Zaragoza back four and had the former passed to the latter on the hour mark, Lucien Favre’s team would surely have scored.

Last chance
Instead, it was Zaragoza who spent the final quarter of the match in search of a winning goal and in the 92nd minute substitute Juanmi García met Santiago Aragón’s superb centre with a diving header from the penalty spot, but like Zaragoza’s evening, it was off target.

‘Servette played better’
After the match, Servette coach Favre said: “We have played a great match. We began a little bit nervous but after 15 minutes we took the control.” However he warned his team that: “the hardest work is still to be done. We have only completed one step”.

Work to do
His counterpart José Francisco Rojo Arroita’s view of the game was that his side “did not play well". He said: "Servette played better, faster, they arrived earlier to every ball." Indeed, Rojo Arroita’s side left the field to a chorus of boos and they will need to play a lot better in a fortnight’s time in Switzerland if they are to progress to the next round.

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Lineups

zaragoza

Zaragoza

servette

Servette

13
César LaínezCésar Laínez
1
PedatEric Pedat
3
JamelliPaulo Jamelli
Substitution46
3
FournierSébastien Fournier
6
Xavi AguadoXavi Aguado (C)
5
WolfStefan Wolf
Yellow Card48
7
CastañoJuan Castaño
6
LondonoOscar Londono
8
AragónSantiago Aragón
7
BahThierno Bah
9
GonzálezJorge González
10
ObradovićGoran Obradović
14
José IgnacioSáenz José Ignacio
11
A. FreiAlexander Frei
Substitution80
16
DíazPablo Díaz
Substitution53
13
MievilleYves Mieville
22
SundgrenGary Sundgren
16
LonfatJohann Lonfat
24
GallettiLuciano Galletti
Substitution65
19
JaquetChristophe Jaquet
25
EsquerdinhaEsquerdinha
20
OrumaWilson Oruma

Substitutes

1
JuanmiJuanmi
18
RothSébastien Roth
2
RebosioCésar Rebosio
2
ReinaLoris Reina
Substitution80
4
CuarteroLuis Cuartero
Substitution53
17
AndreyChristophe Andrey
10
GaritanoAnder Garitano
22
WagnerRoger Wagner
17
GarcíaMiguel García
Substitution65
21
WeberNicolas Weber
18
FerrónJordi Ferrón
19
Marcos ValesMarcos Vales
Substitution46

Coach

José Francisco Rojo Arroita (ESP) Lucien Favre (SUI)

Referee

Lutz Michael Fröhlich (GER)

Assistant referees

Harald Sather (GER), Olaf Blumenstein (GER)

Fourth official

Torsten Koop (GER)

Legend:

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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