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Kepa cameo seals Sevilla passage

Published: Thursday 6 April 2006, 23.17CET
FC Zenit St. Petersburg 1-1 Sevilla FC (agg: 2-5)
Kepa Blanco came on, equalised and was sent off in the space of five minutes as Sevilla progressed.

Match statistics

ZenitSevilla

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target12
 
2
Attempts off target9
 
3
Corners11
 
6
Offsides1
 
5
Fouls committed18
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards1
 
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 6 April 2006, 23.17CET

Kepa cameo seals Sevilla passage

FC Zenit St. Petersburg 1-1 Sevilla FC (agg: 2-5)
Kepa Blanco came on, equalised and was sent off in the space of five minutes as Sevilla progressed.

A remarkable two-minute cameo from Kepa Blanco helped guide Sevilla FC into the UEFA Cup semi-finals as they completed a 5-2 aggregate victory in Russia. The precocious striker was introduced midway through the half with Juande Ramos' side trailing at the Petrovski stadium, equalised and was then sent off as both teams ended the game with ten men.

Zenit opener
After a meandering first half, the game sparked to life five minutes after the restart when Young-Min Hyun gave the home team some hope of overturning the 4-1 first-leg deficit with a well-taken goal. That led to some nervy moments for Sevilla until Kepa restored calm in heavy snow in St Petersburg. But his joy was short-lived as he received his marching orders within 60 seconds of scoring and was quickly joined in the dressing rooms by Zenit's Ivica Križanac. Daniel then missed from the penalty spot but it mattered not as Sevilla cruised through.

Kerzhakov threat
It brought a disappointing end to a game that had started promisingly for the home team. Despite missing Andrei Arshavin, Erik Hagen and Velice Sumulikoski through suspension, Zenit adapted better to difficult playing conditions and Aleksandr Kerzhakov provided an early warning with a free-kick that flashed just wide of Andrés Palop's right-hand post. The Sevilla goalkeeper was called into action twice towards the end of the half, first holding Kerzkahov's low strike, then pushing Oleg Vlasov's effort around the post on 40 minutes.

Mares miss
Zenit could have reduced the arrears in first-half added time but unmarked, defender Pavel Mares contrived to turn a close-range header just wide. A goal would have provided a major fillip at that stage, but the Russian side did not have to wait long after the restart to gain exactly that when Hyun Young-Min steered Križanac's pass in. Ramos responded by replacing Javi Navarro with Kepa 15 minutes later and soon reaped reward when the youngster restored the three-goal cushion.

Maresca fouled
His cameo was soon over as he was dismissed for gesturing at referee Stefano Farina, and a minute later Zenit defender Križanac also saw red after a reckless challenge on Vicenzo Maresca. Sevilla could have secured victory on the night from the penalty spot five minutes later but Daniel saw his effort saved, as they were forced to settle for a draw.

Last updated: 07/04/06 11.49CET

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Lineups

zenit

Zenit

sevilla

Sevilla

16
MalafeevVyacheslav Malafeev (GK)
1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK)
2
RadimovVladislav Radimov (C)
Yellow Card30
2
Javi NavarroJavi Navarro (C)
3
ŠkrtelMartin Škrtel
3
DavidCastedo David
4
KrižanacIvica Križanac
Red Card68
4
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
Yellow Card29
8
MarešPavel Mareš
6
EscudéJulien Escudé
9
ŠírlRadek Šírl
Substitution78
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Yellow Card54
Substitution60
11
KerzhakovAleksandr Kerzhakov
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
13
HyunYoung-Min Hyun
Goal51
Substitution58
16
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution57
25
PoškusRobertas Poškus
18
MartíJosé Luis Martí
43
VlasovOleg Vlasov
20
Aitor OcioAitor Ocio
44
AnyukovAleksandr Anyukov
Yellow Card51
25
MarescaEnzo Maresca
Substitution70

Substitutes

41
KerzhakovMikhail Kerzhakov (GK)
13
NotarioAntonio Notario (GK)
7
TrifonovOleg Trifonov
Substitution78
11
RenatoRenato
Substitution70
20
KozhanovOleg Kozhanov
Substitution58
22
Fernando SalesFernando Sales
Substitution57
5
VješticaMilan Vještica
30
KepaKepa
Substitution60
Goal64
Red Card65
28
FlachbartJan Flachbart
7
SaviolaJavier Saviola
31
NesvadbaJaroslav Nesvadba
12
KanoutéFrédéric Kanouté
88
GorshkovOlexandr Gorshkov
17
JesuliJesuli

Coach

Vlastimil Petržela (CZE) Juande Ramos (ESP)

Referee

Stefano Farina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marcello Ambrosino (ITA), Stefano Ayroldi (ITA)

Fourth official

Tiziano Pieri (ITA)

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