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Espanyol leave Bremen on ropes

Published: Friday 27 April 2007, 0.59CET
RCD Espanyol 3-0 Werder Bremen Espanyol took a big step towards their first UEFA Cup final since 1988 by sweeping aside Bremen's ten men.
by Richard Aikman
from Olímpico de Montjuic

Match statistics

EspanyolBremen

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
5
Attempts off target6
 
2
Corners6
 
4
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed21
 
10
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Friday 27 April 2007, 0.59CET

Espanyol leave Bremen on ropes

RCD Espanyol 3-0 Werder Bremen Espanyol took a big step towards their first UEFA Cup final since 1988 by sweeping aside Bremen's ten men.

RCD Espanyol moved a step closer to their first UEFA Cup final in 19 years with a ruthless 3-0 semi-final first-leg win against a Werder Bremen side who had goalkeeper Tim Wiese sent off early in the second half.

Wiese dismissal
Wiese was dismissed for bringing down Raúl Tamudo just outside the area on 58 minutes but by then Espanyol were already two goals in front through headers from Moisés Hurtado and Walter Pandiani either side of half-time. Substitute Ferrán Corominas added a potentially decisive third in the closing moments and the only downside for Ernesto Valverde's team came with bookings for Hurtado and Pandiani, who together with Wiese and Clemens Fritz, will miss next week's return in Bremen.

Opening exchanges
If Espanyol's midfield looked to single out Bremen's in-form playmaker Diego for particularly close attention during the opening exchanges, their focus shifted upfield on the quarter hour as Iván de la Peña's shot was charged down by Frank Baumann. That stirred the home supporters and their cheers became a roar in the 20th minute when Espanyol went ahead. De la Peña played a short corner to Francisco Rufete and the midfielder's cross was headed beyond Wiese by defender Hurtado.

Iraizoz saves
The visitors almost responded immediately when Aaron Hunt found Diego in the area with a clever knockdown and the Brazilian laid the ball back to Torsten Frings, whose powerful strike from the edge of the box was turned wide by the outstretched right hand of Gorka Iraizoz. The Spanish custodian had been Espanyol's hero in the last round against SL Benfica and had to be alert soon afterwards when Naldo nodded Frings's corner towards goal.

Diego menace
Bremen continued to press forward in search of an equaliser and Diego again caused problems in the home area when he held off two challenges and found Frings on the right, whose low cross narrowly eluded the lunging legs of both Bremen's No10 and Miroslav Klose. Despite the German club's dominance, Espanyol always appeared threatening on the break. Only a spectacular save by Wiese prevented Jesús María Lacruz scoring with a fierce long-range effort on 40 minutes, while on the stroke of half-time Albert Riera's goalbound volley hit Naldo on the head before deflecting over.

Pandiani makes it eleven
Espanyol had won their six previous home fixtures in this campaign and they were on their way to a seventh when Pandiani doubled their advantage five minutes after the interval from another De la Peña set-piece. The shaven-headed midfielder's inswinging corner was met at the near post by Pandiani who sent the slightest of glancing headers over Wiese for his eleventh goal of the tournament.

Bad to worse
For Thomas Schaaf's visitors, things went from bad to worse eight minutes later with Wiese's red card for upending Tamudo as he raced clear. Reserve keeper Andreas Reinke came on for Daniel Jensen and the Bremen No1 was called into action at once to stop Marc Torrejón's free-kick. By now it was damage limitation time for Bremen, who brought Hunt back into midfield as they sought to diminish the blue-and-white onslaught. Yet although Reinke repelled Rufete's low, angled drive with a fantastic save, Coro coolly finished a deadly counterattack involving Riera and Tamudo to cap a memorable night for Espanyol.

Last updated: 27/04/07 10.14CET

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Lineups

espanyol

Espanyol

bremen

Bremen

1
Gorka IraizozGorka Iraizoz (GK)
18
WieseTim Wiese (GK)
Red Card58
3
David GarcíaDavid García
3
PasanenPetri Pasanen
4
LacruzJesús María Lacruz
4
NaldoNaldo
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
Goal50
Yellow Card67
Substitution73
6
BaumannFrank Baumann (C)
Yellow Card37
Substitution79
9
De la PeñaIván de la Peña
Substitution79
8
FritzClemens Fritz
Yellow Card90
11
RieraAlbert Riera
10
DiegoDiego
18
RufeteFrancisco Rufete
Substitution83
11
KloseMiroslav Klose
Substitution74
19
TorrejónMarc Torrejón
14
HuntAaron Hunt
21
JarqueDaniel Jarque
15
OwomoyelaPatrick Owomoyela
22
MoisésHurtado Moisés
Goal20
Yellow Card25
20
JensenDaniel Jensen
Substitution60
23
TamudoRaúl Tamudo (C)
22
FringsTorsten Frings

Substitutes

25
KameniCarlos Kameni (GK)
1
ReinkeAndreas Reinke (GK)
Substitution60
6
Eduardo CostaEduardo Costa
7
VranješJurica Vranješ
Substitution79
12
VelascoJuan Velasco
23
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution74
14
ItoIto
Substitution73
27
SchulzChristian Schulz
16
JônatasJônatas
Substitution79
28
SchindlerKevin Schindler
17
Mohamed El Yaagoubi Moha
38
BischoffAmaury Bischoff
20
CoroCoro
Substitution83
Goal88

Coach

Ernesto Valverde (ESP) Thomas Schaaf (GER)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

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