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Arveladze steals Sevilla's thunder

Published: Friday 15 December 2006, 0.57CET
Sevilla FC 1-2 AZ Alkmaar
Shota Arveladze struck twice as AZ's comeback win denied the Spanish holders the top billing in Group C.

Match statistics

SevillaAZ

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
3
Corners9
 
5
Offsides1
 
3
Fouls committed8
 
10
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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Published: Friday 15 December 2006, 0.57CET

Arveladze steals Sevilla's thunder

Sevilla FC 1-2 AZ Alkmaar
Shota Arveladze struck twice as AZ's comeback win denied the Spanish holders the top billing in Group C.

Shota Arveladze struck twice to give AZ Alkmaar top spot in Group C and condemn holders Sevilla FC to their first defeat in 12 UEFA Cup games.

Late drama
The Spanish title challengers started brightly and eventually claimed their reward soon after half-time through Ernesto Chevantón's penalty, but their Dutch rivals responded with Arveladze's double - the second deep into stoppage time - to claim supremacy in the section.

Near misses
AZ had the first sight of goal as well as the last, with Simon Cziommer trying his luck from 18 metres, but this only prompted Sevilla into action and Julien Escudé's drive forced goalkeeper Ronald Waterreus to make a superb reflex save. A scrappy period of play ensued before Brazilian full-back Daniel Alves raced down the right and delivered a pinpoint cross that was headed wide by Jesús Navas.

Goal action
The hosts continued to press and would have had an interval lead but for another outstanding stop from Waterreus, this time to keep out a stinging strike from the influential Alves. However, Sevilla got their just deserts seven minutes after the break when David Mendes da Silva brought down Chevantón and the Uruguay striker dusted himself down before tucking away the spot-kick. Louis van Gaal's men reacted well and equalised ten minutes later as Arveladze beat Sevilla goalkeeper David Cobeño with a clinical finish.

Arveladze coup
Chevantón almost doubled his tally with a stunning 20-metre effort which was pushed out by Waterreus, before Stijn Schaars let fly from a similar distance at the other end only for Cobeño to produce an equally good stop. Then, with a draw looking the likely outcome, Arveladze stole all three points when he rifled in his fifth UEFA Cup goal of the campaign from 18 metres three minutes into added time.

Last updated: 15/12/06 12.09CET

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Lineups

sevilla

Sevilla

az

AZ

13
CobeñoDavid Cobeño (GK)
21
WaterreusRonald Waterreus (GK)
3
DavidCastedo David (C)
2
JaliensKew Jaliens
4
Daniel AlvesDaniel Alves
4
OpdamBarry Opdam
Yellow Card55
6
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution66
5
De ClerTim de Cler
Yellow Card35
7
ChevantónErnesto Chevantón
Goal52
Substitution78
9
S. ArveladzeShota Arveladze (C)
Goal63
Goal90+3
8
C. PoulsenChristian Poulsen
10
CziommerSimon Cziommer
11
RenatoRenato
Yellow Card87
15
MolhoekRogier Molhoek
Substitution70
14
EscudéJulien Escudé
18
DembéléMousa Dembélé
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
20
De ZeeuwDemy de Zeeuw
Substitution55
18
MartíJosé Luis Martí
Yellow Card83
23
SteinssonGrétar Steinsson
Substitution43
20
Aitor OcioAitor Ocio
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution73
24
MendesDavid Mendes
Yellow Card4

Substitutes

29
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
26
BultersJob Bulters (GK)
5
DudaDuda
Substitution66
3
LuirinkGijs Luirink
Substitution43
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Substitution73
8
SchaarsStijn Schaars
Substitution70
23
KepaKepa
Substitution78
27
JennerJulian Jenner
Substitution55
24
HinkelAndreas Hinkel
7
GudjónssonJóhannes Gudjónsson
26
BrunoHerrero Bruno
11
MartensMaarten Martens
27
AlfaroAlejandro Alfaro
17
MeerdinkMartijn Meerdink

Coach

Juande Ramos (ESP) Louis van Gaal (NED)

Referee

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

Assistant referees

Steinar Holvik (NOR), Geir Åge Holen (NOR)

Fourth official

Espen Berntsen (NOR)

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