Match facts: Sevilla v Unirea

Luis Fabiano celebrates one of his two goals against Zaragoza
Luis Fabiano celebrates one of his two goals against Zaragoza ©AFP

Sevilla

UEFA milestones
• None

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 12 September: Sevilla FC 4-1 Real Zaragoza (Konko 8, Luis Fabiano 45 86, Perotti 57; Arizmendi 33)
Palop; Konko, Fazio, Escudé, Adriano; Navas, Zokora, Renato (Lolo 59), Perotti (Capel 78); Negredo (Acosta 65), Luis Fabiano.

• Frédéric Kanouté was unavailable so new signing Álvaro Negredo made his first start for the club alongside Luis Fabiano in attack.

• Brazilian pair Adriano and Renato returned from injury while Ndri Romaric missed out after sustaining a knee injury during Sevilla's defeat by Valencia CF on 30 August.

• The 2-0 loss at Valencia was Sevilla's first opening-day defeat since 2002/03, when they went down at home to RC Celta de Vigo. Los Rojiblancos had won five and drawn one since then.

• Kanouté was dismissed for the first time in 129 Liga games at Valencia. The 32-year-old has been sent off once before for Sevilla, in the closing stages of the 2007 Copa del Rey final victory over Getafe CF.

Injury news
• Renato – out 6 August to 12 September (ankle)
• Adriano – out 25 August to 12 September (left hamstring)
• Ernesto Chevantón – out since 17 August (calf)
• Ndri Romaric – out since 30 August (knee ligaments)
• Sergio Sánchez – out since 11 September (throat infection)

• Romaric strained ligaments in his left knee 21 minutes into Sevilla’s defeat by Valencia.

Summer transfers
In
Álvaro Negredo (Real Madrid CF)
Sergio Sánchez (RCD Espanyol)
Didier Zokora (Tottenham Hotspur FC)

Out
Morgan De Sanctis (SSC Napoli)
Aquivaldo Mosquera (Club América)
Enzo Maresca (Olympiacos FC)
Alejandro Alfaro (CD Tenerife)
Duda (Málaga CF)
Javi Navarro (retired)
David Prieto (Xerez CD, loan)
José Casado (Xerez CD, loan)
José Ángel Crespo (Real Racing Club, loan)

International news
FIFA World Cup qualifying unless otherwise stated.

• Friday 4 September
Spain 2-0 Poland, U21 – Diego Capel

• Saturday 5 September
Argentina 1-3 Brazil – Luis Fabiano (2 goals)
France 1-1 Romania – Julien Escudé (own goal)
Ivory Coast 5-0 Burkina Faso – Didier Zokora

• Sunday 6 September
Benin 1-1 Mali – Frédéric Kanouté

• Monday 7 September
Liechtenstein 0-4 Spain, U21 – Diego Capel (1 goal)

Miscellaneous
• Manuel Jiménez was rewarded with a one-year deal after completing the club's objective of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League last term.

• On 1 June Sevilla laid a new pitch, selling sections of the old surface – which they had used for the previous four seasons – to supporters at €9.95 a piece.

Unirea

UEFA milestones
• Matchday 1 marks Unirea's European Champion Clubs' Cup debut and is only their third appearance in UEFA competition overall.

UEFA Champions League statistics
• None

Latest domestic information
Saturday 12 September: CS Unirea Urziceni 1-0 FC Unirea Alba Iulia (Marinescu 33)
Arlauskis; Maftei (Nicu 77), Galamaz, Brandán; Paraschiv, Marinescu (Gomes 79), Mehmedović, Frunză, Bălan; Semedo (Varga 61), Rusescu.

• Dan Petrescu opted to rest Valeriu Bordeanu, Marius Ioan Bilasco, Iulian Apostol, Bruno Fernandes and Răzvan Pădureţu as Laurentiu Marinescu – not on Unirea's UEFA Champions League squad – marked his debut with a goal.

• Unirea have won six of their last seven away games in Liga 1, the one blip coming with a 2-0 defeat by CFR 1907 Cluj on the first day of the season.

• That loss was Unirea's second in a week against CFR Cluj, having been edged out 4-3 on penalties in the Romanian Super Cup on 26 July after Sorin Frunză's goal had earned a 1-1 draw.

• Since Unirea were promoted to Liga 1 in 2006, they have met CFR Cluj nine times and lost every game.

• As in 2008/09, Unirea lost the first game of the domestic campaign before going five games unbeaten. However, last season they won all five with a goal difference of +10 while this term they have won four, three by a solitary goal.

• Unirea's record €400,000 summer signing Vasile Maftei scored his first goal for the club in the 4-1 victory at FC Otelul Galati on 28 August.

Injury news
• None

Summer transfers
In
Vasile Maftei (FC Rapid Bucureşti)
Sorin Paraschiv (Rimini Calcio)
Serban Dacian Varga (FC Sportul Studenţesc, loan)
Tiberiu Bălan (FC Sportul Studenţesc, loan)

Out
György Balint (released)
Jacob Burns (Perth Glory FC)

• Daniel Munteanu (from SC Vaslui) and Marinescu (FC Petrolul Ploieşti) also joined Unirea but have not been included in their UEFA Champions League squad.

International news
FIFA World Cup qualifying unless otherwise stated.

• Saturday 5 September
France 1-1 Romania – Vasile Maftei, Iulian Apostol

• Apostol picked up a yellow card in France and missed the 1-1 draw with Austria four days later through suspension. Maftei was an unused substitute in Bucharest.

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