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Espanyol gain narrow advantage

Published: Thursday 15 February 2007, 0.27CET
AS Livorno Calcio 1-2 RCD Espanyol Espanyol took a crucial one-goal advantage back to Barcelona after an impressive win against Serie A opponents.

Match statistics

LivornoEspanyol

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
8
Attempts off target2
 
4
Corners5
 
4
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
23
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 15 February 2007, 0.27CET

Espanyol gain narrow advantage

AS Livorno Calcio 1-2 RCD Espanyol Espanyol took a crucial one-goal advantage back to Barcelona after an impressive win against Serie A opponents.

RCD Espanyol will take a one-goal advantage back to Spain after a convincing display although AS Livorno Calcio kept alive their hopes of reaching the Round of 16 with a late goal at the Armando Picchi stadium.

Closed doors
Livorno seemed to suffer in the early stages as they adapted to playing without the support of their home crowd following the Italian authorities' decision to play the game behind closed doors. Mohamed El Yaagoubi volleyed wide after two minutes and Eduardo Costa fired just over five minutes later as the visitors probed. But Espanyol finally made breakthrough in the 28th minute.

Pandiani record
Referee Stéphane Lannoy awarded a penalty to the Barcelona club when Jesús María Lacruz was bundled over by Cristiano Lucarelli following a corner. Walter Pandiani scored from the spot to notch his eighth goal in the UEFA Cup this season, thereby becoming Espanyol's all-time record marksman in Europe. Lucarelli nearly responded but his header flashed wide, and chances for the Serie A side were sporadic.

Livorno hope
Ernesto Valverde's team nearly doubled their lead on 54 minutes when Daniel Jarque nodded against a post, yet Livorno's respite was short-lived. Five minutes later, Jarque's long pass released El Yaagoubi and the midfielder coolly beat Marco Amelia. Daniele Arrigoni's men appeared down and out but Fabio Galante headed home with nine minutes left to give the hosts a glimmer of hope ahead of the second leg in Catalonia next week.

Last updated: 15/02/07 1.07CET

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Lineups

livorno

Livorno

espanyol

Espanyol

1
AmeliaMarco Amelia (GK)
1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
6
GalanteFabio Galante
Yellow Card28
Goal82
12
VelascoJuan Velasco
22
CésarCésar
Substitution60
30
ChicaFrancisco Chica
Yellow Card85
26
PasqualeGiovanni Pasquale
21
JarqueDaniel Jarque (C)
77
GrandoniAlessandro Grandoni
4
LacruzJesús María Lacruz
14
KuffourSamuel Kuffour
6
Eduardo CostaEduardo Costa
Yellow Card40
19
FioreStefano Fiore
Substitution77
14
ItoIto
4
MorroneStefano Morrone
Substitution72
17
Mohamed El Yaagoubi Moha
Goal59
Substitution60
3
FilippiniAntonio Filippini
20
CoroCoro
Substitution88
28
PassoniDario Passoni
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Goal28
Substitution76
99
LucarelliCristiano Lucarelli (C)
18
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Yellow Card88

Substitutes

23
ManittaEmanuele Manitta (GK)
25
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
7
PfertzelMarc Pfertzel
Substitution77
3
David GarcíaDavid García
18
RezaeiRahman Rezaei
10
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution76
21
BetaninPaulo Sergio Betanin
Substitution60
11
RieraAlbert Riera
Substitution60
24
CoppolaCarmine Coppola
Substitution72
19
TorrejónMarc Torrejón
32
PavanSimone Pavan
22
MoisésHurtado Moisés
Substitution88
69
BalleriDavid Balleri
28
JuliánJulián

Coach

Daniele Arrigoni (ITA) Ernesto Valverde (ESP)

Referee

Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

Assistant referees

Vincent Texier (FRA), Eric Dansault (FRA)

Fourth official

Philippe Malige (FRA)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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