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Sampdoria shock Sevilla to seal qualification berth

Published: Thursday 18 December 2008, 23.30CET
UC Sampdoria 1-0 Sevilla FC
Substitute Jonathan Bottinelli struck the only goal late on as the Italian side booked their last-32 spot and eliminated two-time winners Sevilla.
Sampdoria shock Sevilla to seal qualification berth
Sampdoria's Antonio Cassano (left) congratulates match-winner Jonathan Bottinelli ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SampdoriaSevilla

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target2
 
3
Corners4
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed20
 
22
Yellow cards4
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 18 December 2008, 23.30CET

Sampdoria shock Sevilla to seal qualification berth

UC Sampdoria 1-0 Sevilla FC
Substitute Jonathan Bottinelli struck the only goal late on as the Italian side booked their last-32 spot and eliminated two-time winners Sevilla.

Substitute Jonathan Bottinelli struck the only goal of the game as UC Sampdoria beat Sevilla FC in Genoa to book their spot in the last 32 of the UEFA Cup and eliminate the two-time winners.

Late winner
Bottinelli bundled in Reto Ziegler's free-kick with 15 minutes remaining as Sampdoria, who had started the game two points behind Sevilla, claimed one of the three qualifying places in Group C. With VfB Stuttgart beating group winners R. Standard de Liège, the Spanish side's hopes of claiming a third UEFA Cup title in four years were shattered as they became only the second team in the five-year history of the group stage to be knocked out with six points, Rangers FC having suffered the same fate in 2004/05.

Tight opening
There was nothing to separate the two sides in the first half, although Sevilla's Andrés Palop was the slightly busier of the goalkeepers, making a couple of decent saves. His first came in the ninth minute when he dived full length to turn away Mirko Pieri's effort from the edge of the box and then, just before the break, the 35-year-old was called upon once again to deny Paolo Sammarco after clever passing had cut through the Sevilla defence.

Keepers dominant
At the other end, Luca Castellazzi made a brilliant one-handed save to tip over Luis Fabiano's powerful header in the 33rd minute. The home keeper then acrobatically palmed away Jesús Navas' curling 20-metre effort just after the break before Sammarco was once again thwarted by Palop.

Late rally
The hosts finally got the breakthrough they had been threatening as Bottinelli managed to force the ball in with his midriff following Ziegler's deflected free-kick. Sevilla laid siege to the Italian side's goal, but Diego Capel spurned their best chance when he shot wide of the far post after breaking free down the left.

Last updated: 19/12/08 9.54CET

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Lineups

sampdoria

Sampdoria

sevilla

Sevilla

1
CastellazziLuca Castellazzi (GK)
1
PalopAndrés Palop (GK) (C)
6
LucchiniStefano Lucchini
Substitution62
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
11
BellucciClaudio Bellucci
Yellow Card78
Substitution90+1
6
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution67
16
CampagnaroHugo Campagnaro
7
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
19
FranceschiniDaniele Franceschini
8
MarescaEnzo Maresca
Substitution79
20
PadalinoMarco Padalino
10
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
21
SammarcoPaolo Sammarco
11
RenatoRenato
28
GastaldelloDaniele Gastaldello
14
EscudéJulien Escudé
40
DelvecchioGennaro Delvecchio
Yellow Card73
16
David PrietoDavid Prieto
46
PieriMirko Pieri
Yellow Card15
Substitution46
23
FazioFederico Fazio
Yellow Card74
99
CassanoAntonio Cassano (C)
24
KonkoAbdoulay Konko
Substitution54

Substitutes

83
MiranteAntonio Mirante (GK)
13
VarasJavier Varas (GK)
3
ZieglerReto Ziegler
Substitution46
26
CrespoJosé Ángel Crespo
5
AccardiPietro Accardi
5
DuscherAldo Duscher
9
Fornaroli Bruno Fornaroli
15
MosqueraAquivaldo Mosquera
Substitution54
14
BottinelliJonathan Bottinelli
Substitution62
Goal75
Yellow Card76
17
CapelDiego Capel
Substitution67
18
BonazzoliEmiliano Bonazzoli
18
Fernando NavarroFernando Navarro
Yellow Card67
23
StankevičiusMarius Stankevičius
Substitution90+1
22
RomaricNdri Romaric
Substitution79

Coach

Walter Mazzarri (ITA) Manuel Jiménez (ESP)

Referee

Howard Webb (ENG)

Assistant referees

Peter Kirkup (ENG), Philip Sharp (ENG)

Fourth official

Stephen Tanner (ENG)

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