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Holders Sevilla sail past Steaua

Published: Friday 23 February 2007, 0.31CET
Sevilla FC 1-0 FC Steaua Bucuresti (agg: 3-0)
Aleksandr Kerzhakov's goal on the stroke of half-time has kept the holders on course to defend their crown. remain on course to regain their crown after 3-0 aggregate victory against FC Steaua Bucuresti.

Match statistics

SevillaSteaua

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
5
Corners2
 
2
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

 
Published: Friday 23 February 2007, 0.31CET

Holders Sevilla sail past Steaua

Sevilla FC 1-0 FC Steaua Bucuresti (agg: 3-0)
Aleksandr Kerzhakov's goal on the stroke of half-time has kept the holders on course to defend their crown. remain on course to regain their crown after 3-0 aggregate victory against FC Steaua Bucuresti.

UEFA Cup holders Sevilla FC remain on course to defend their crown after Aleksandr Kerzhakov's goal on the stroke of half-time sealed a comfortable 3-0 aggregate victory against FC Steaua Bucuresti to see them through to the last 16.

Palop saves
Although trailing 2-0 from the first leg, the Romanian outfit lacked urgency in the opening exchanges at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium, and José Luis Martí went close to extending Sevilla's advantage midway through the half but contrived to miss the target from close range. It finally awoke Cosmin Olaroiu's side from their torpor. Banel Nicolita was denied by a fine stop from Andrés Palop, who was soon in acrobatic mode to tip Valentin Badea's long-range effort over the crossbar. Yet just as the away fans' hopes of an unlikely comeback began to rise, Sevilla struck.

Killer goal
The first leg had effectively hinged on Christian Poulsen's demoralising opener moments before the interval, and the Spanish team repeated the feat in Andalusia as Kerzhakov headed Daniel Alves's arcing cross beyond Cornel Cornea in the Steaua goal. It left the visitors, semi-finalists last season, needing to score three to go through, but this never looked on the cards as Sevilla sat back and played the percentages. Olaroiu's men did muster a late rally, though, with Badea and Nicolita both spurning excellent chances. It was not Steaua's night.

Last updated: 23/02/07 11.33CET

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