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Auxerre pay the penalty

Published: Thursday 28 November 2002, 20.42CET
Real Betis Balompié 1-0 AJ Auxerre Alfonso Pérez's eighth-minute penalty sees off Auxerre.

Match statistics

BetisAuxerre

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 28 November 2002, 20.42CET

Auxerre pay the penalty

Real Betis Balompié 1-0 AJ Auxerre Alfonso Pérez's eighth-minute penalty sees off Auxerre.

Alfonso Pérez's eighth-minute penalty was all Real Betis Balompié needed to ensure they will take a first-leg lead with them to France in a fortnight after a hard-fought UEFA Cup third-round win against AJ Auxerre at the Manuel Ruíz de Lopera stadium in Seville.

Denílson trickery
The home side got off to the perfect start when the outstanding Denílson twisted and turned in the box before being brought down by Johan Radet to allow Alfonso Pérez to put the home side ahead from the spot.

Cool to the rescue
An early goal to the good, Betis oozed confidence and Auxerre would have fallen further behind if not for a briliant reflex save from Fabien Cool to keep out Joaquín Sánchez's stinging drive as Betis laid siege to the Auxerre goal.

Mwaruwari denied
Having survived the early pressure without falling further behind, Auxerre pushed forward and created chances of their own. The French side's best opportunity of the half fell to Benjamin Mwaruwari who capped a surging run into the box with a precise shot to the corner that Antonio Prats did well to keep out as the first half finished at a frantic pace.

Prats sparkles
Betis were unable to match their first-half dominance after the break as Auxerre came more into the game. Eight minutes after the restart Olivier Kapo's superb cross was met by Mwaruwari, but Prats was again on hand to keep out the Zimbabwean's goal-bound effort.

Betis hold on
Chances were few and far between in a tightly-contested second half, but Auxerre came close to snatching a crucial away goal as the clock wound down. Djibril Cissé, who had been left on the bench by coach Guy Roux, replaced Kapo late on and the French international striker almost broke Spanish hearts with a powerful strike from the edge of the box. Once again, however, Prats was able to turn the ball to safety as Betis held on for a hard-fought victory.

Last updated: 29/11/02 0.27CET

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Lineups

betis

Betis

auxerre

Auxerre

1
PratsPrats (GK) (C)
1
CoolFabien Cool (GK)
2
Luis FernándezLuis Fernández
2
RadetJohan Radet
Yellow Card58
5
RivasDavid Rivas
3
JaurèsJean-Sébastien Jaurès
7
VarelaFernando Varela
4
BoumsongJean-Alain Boumsong
11
Alfonso PérezAlfonso Pérez
Goal10
Substitution86
5
MexèsPhilippe Mexès
14
CapiCapi
Substitution46
7
FayeAmdy Faye
15
ItoIto
8
LachuerYann Lachuer (C)
16
DenílsonDenílson
Substitution78
10
TainioTeemu Tainio
17
JoaquínJoaquín
11
FadigaKhalilou Fadiga
19
AssunçãoMarcos Assunção
21
BenjaniMwaruwari Benjani
21
FilipescuIulian Filipescu
23
KapoOlivier Kapo
Substitution70

Substitutes

13
GaspercicRonny Gaspercic (GK)
16
HamelSébastien Hamel (GK)
9
FernandoFernando
Substitution46
9
CisséDjibril Cissé
Substitution70
20
CasasGastón Casas
Substitution78
13
GrichtingStéphane Grichting
25
ArzuArzu
Substitution86
18
MathisLionel Mathis
4
JuanitoJuanito
20
GonzalezArnaud Gonzalez
18
TaisWashington Tais
26
Perrier DoumbéJean-Joël Perrier Doumbé
22
CaladoCalado
27
SirieixPantxi Sirieix

Coach

Víctor Fernández Braulio (ESP) Guy Roux (FRA)

Referee

Helmut Fleischer (GER)

Assistant referees

Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Fourth official

Knut Kircher (GER)

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