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Four in a row for Espanyol

Published: Thursday 14 December 2006, 0.38CET
RCD Espanyol 1-0 FK Austria Wien Walter Pandiani's header earned the Group F winners a fourth straight victory against rock-bottom Austria.

Match statistics

EspanyolAustria Wien

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target10
 
1
Corners4
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed12
 
16
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 14 December 2006, 0.38CET

Four in a row for Espanyol

RCD Espanyol 1-0 FK Austria Wien Walter Pandiani's header earned the Group F winners a fourth straight victory against rock-bottom Austria.

RCD Espanyol ended the group stage of the UEFA Cup with their 100 per cent record intact after a narrow victory over FK Austria Wien. Walter Pandiani's 57th-minute strike was the only goal at the Olímpico de Montjuic and ensured the Spanish side emerged from Group F with four wins out of four.

No concerns
Espanyol headed into the game with triumphs over AC Sparta Praha, SV Zulte Waregem and AFC Ajax behind them, and although they lacked the sparkle of previous performances in securing this latest success, coach Ernesto Valverde will not be too concerned as he looks ahead to Friday's draw for the Round of 32 in Nyon. After all, both teams' fates were already sealed going into the match, with Espanyol guaranteed first place and Austria eliminated.

Few opportunities
Against this backcloth, the lack of entertainment in the first half was no real surprise. Although Pandiani directed a close-range header wide in the third minute, there were few opportunities in the opening 45 minutes. Ito drove a shot wide from outside the penalty box after 20 minutes while at the other end, Sebastian Mila sent an optimistic effort from 20 metres into the crowd behind Gorka Iraizoz's goal.

Step up a gear
Espanyol stepped up a gear after the interval with Ito and David García both going close before Pandiani finally broke the deadlock in the 57th minute. An inch-perfect cross by Albert Riera from the left picked out the striker, who headed home powerfully for his seventh goal in six UEFA Cup outings this season. The victory margin could have been greater but the hosts settled for the points as they advanced unscathed to the knockout stage - leaving Austria to ponder a fourth straight defeat in the section.

Last updated: 14/12/06 0.45CET

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Lineups

espanyol

Espanyol

austria wien

Austria Wien

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
1
SáfárSzabolcs Sáfár (GK)
3
David GarcíaDavid García (C)
Substitution72
5
TokićMario Tokić
Yellow Card77
4
LacruzJesús María Lacruz
9
MairWolfgang Mair
Substitution80
5
Sergio SánchezSergio Sánchez
11
AignerHannes Aigner
Substitution70
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Goal57
14
LasnikAndreas Lasnik
Yellow Card84
11
RieraAlbert Riera
15
BlanchardJocelyn Blanchard (C)
12
VelascoJuan Velasco
18
MetzFlorian Metz
14
ItoIto
21
KiesenebnerMarkus Kiesenebner
15
FredsonCamara Fredson
Substitution46
22
ErtlJohannes Ertl
18
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution51
33
MilaSebastian Mila
Substitution62
20
CoroCoro
43
MadlMichael Madl

Substitutes

25
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
27
KuruBartolomej Kuru (GK)
28
JuliánJulián
Substitution51
7
WallnerRoman Wallner
Substitution62
30
ChicaFrancisco Chica
Substitution72
17
PichlmannThomas Pichlmann
Substitution70
31
MartínezAngel Martínez
Substitution46
26
Dos SantosMaicon Dos Santos
Substitution80
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
4
HillDelano Hill
17
Mohamed El Yaagoubi Moha
6
SchickerAndreas Schicker
19
TorrejónMarc Torrejón
44
RamsebnerChristian Ramsebner

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Georg Zellhofer (AUT)

Referee

Krzysztof Slupik (POL)

Assistant referees

Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Dariusz Wardak (POL)

Fourth official

Pawel Gil (POL)

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