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Schalke win dashes Italian hopes

Published: Thursday 16 March 2006, 22.15CET
FC Schalke 04 3-0 US Città di Palermo (agg: 3-1) A spot-kick and a red card just before half-time helped end Italy's involvement in the UEFA Cup.

Match statistics

SchalkePalermo

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target9
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
3
Corners10
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
25
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 16 March 2006, 22.15CET

Schalke win dashes Italian hopes

FC Schalke 04 3-0 US Città di Palermo (agg: 3-1) A spot-kick and a red card just before half-time helped end Italy's involvement in the UEFA Cup.

Goals from Levan Kobiashvili, Søren Larsen and Mimoun Azaouagh ended Italy's involvement in the 2005/06 UEFA Cup as FC Schalke 04 overturned a 1-0 deficit with a 3-0 win in the second leg of their last-16 tie against US Città di Palermo.

Double blow
The writing was on the wall for the Italian side just before the half-time whistle as Eugenio Corini was dismissed for blocking Larsen's goal-bound shot with his hands on the goalline, and once Georgian international Kobiashvili had scored the resulting penalty, the Sicilian team's hopes of a place in the last eight looked forlorn.

Larsen scores
Nonetheless, the Serie A side made their hosts work for their victory. Argentinian goalkeeper Mariano Andujar produced fine saves to deny Zlatan Bajramović, Mladen Krstajić and Larsen, and it was not until the 72nd minute that the Danish striker managed to double Schalke's advantage, racing through to head in Gerald Asamoah's right-wing cross.

Resistance broken
With the visitors' resistance broken, the 1996/97 UEFA Cup winners pressed home their numerical advantage eight minutes later. Asamoah was the architect again, dropping a cross into the penalty area which Azaouagh converted with a low right-foot shot.

Determined start
As expected, Schalke had started the game in determined mood and Palermo defender Christian Terlizzi had to be aware early on to block an early drive from Christian Poulsen. The Italian side replied with an early strike of their own as Massimo Mutarelli's long-distance bullet whizzed over the crossbar, but the home side took control from then on.

Italian exits
With AS Roma bowing out against Middlesbrough FC on Wednesday night and Udinese Calcio losing their tie against PFC Levski Sofia earlier on Thursday evening, Palermo's defeat ended Italian sides' involvement in the UEFA Cup. Now it is down to AC Milan, FC Internazionale Milano and Juventus to defend Serie A's European honour in the UEFA Champions League.

Last updated: 17/03/06 11.42CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

palermo

Palermo

1
RostFrank Rost (GK) (C)
24
AndújarMariano Andújar (GK)
2
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
5
CoriniEugenio Corini (C)
Red Card43
3
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
Goal44
8
BaroneSimone Barone
Yellow Card78
7
AzaouaghMimoun Azaouagh
Goal80
Substitution90+1
18
SantanaMario Santana
Substitution65
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
Substitution68
19
Mariano GonzálezMariano González
Yellow Card69
Substitution76
9
LarsenSøren Larsen
Goal72
22
MutarelliMassimo Mutarelli
Yellow Card24
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Yellow Card83
23
TerlizziCristian Terlizzi
Yellow Card88
16
RodríguezDarío Rodríguez
25
ContehKewullay Conteh
Substitution50
18
RafinhaRafinha
Yellow Card71
2
ZaccardoCristian Zaccardo
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
43
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
25
BajramovićZlatan Bajramović
Substitution85
90
GodeasDenis Godeas

Substitutes

13
HeimerothChristofer Heimeroth (GK)
13
LupatelliCristiano Lupatelli (GK)
4
KläsenerThomas Kläsener
4
TedescoGiovanni Tedesco
Substitution50
11
SandEbbe Sand
Substitution85
10
BrienzaFranco Brienza
Substitution76
Yellow Card90+2
19
VarelaGustavo Varela
Substitution68
26
MakinwaStephen Makinwa
Substitution65
21
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
Substitution90+1
29
CaraccioloAndrea Caracciolo
26
BungertNiko Bungert
77
RinaudoLeandro Rinaudo
34
KlingerMario Klinger
32
AccardiPietro Accardi

Coach

Mirko Slomka (GER) Giuseppe Papadopulo (ITA)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Glenn Turner (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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