An impromptu carnival took place at the Rámon Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium after Antonio Puerta's extra-time goal booked Sevilla FC's place in the UEFA Cup final, but defeat was a bitter pill to swallow for FC Schalke 04 coach Mirko Slomka.
Juande Ramos, Sevilla coach
I was eager to achieve a great result tonight and reaching the final is a prize worth the hard work. You can't make it to a final without making a big effort and suffering. The goal came when I thought we were going into a penalty shoot-out as both teams were so tired. Any rival in a final is difficult but if I had a choice, I would have picked the English team. Our rival was a tough one but the team worked hard to win and Antonio Puerta deserved to score.
Mirko Slomka, Schalke coach
It was 0-0 in both legs in normal time - neither team gave the other one a lot of chances during those matches, so it was clear that one goal would be decisive. It was the same in the [UEFA] Champions League semi-finals - a single goal decided the tie. We reached the UEFA Cup semi-finals, but that’s not worth anything anymore. The same goes for our fourth place in the Bundesliga. We had expected more for this season.
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