Sevilla 4-1 Real Zaragoza: Luis Fabiano Brace Puts Los Blanquillos To The Sword

L Fabianoo Sevilla ran out easy winners against a poor Real Zaragoza side on Saturday evening, with Luis Fabiano scoring a brace for the hosts. Abdoulay Konko and Diego Perotti also found the net, while Javier Arizmendi notched the visitors’ only goal.

Didier Zokora and Alvaro Negredo both made their first starts for Sevilla, the latter up front alongside Luis Fabiano. Former Liverpool winger Jermaine Pennant shook off an injury to start the match on the right wing for the visitors.

A minute’s silence in memory of Daniel Jarque was impeccably observed prior to the match.

The hosts were quickly out of the blocks as Luis Fabiano forced Juan Pablo Carrizo into an early save, but the keeper could do nothing to prevent Sevilla’s opening goal.

In the 8th minute, Zaragoza failed to clear their lines in defence, Renato played a delicate chip over the defenders and Abdoulay Konko slotted the ball past Carrizo as the visitors appealed in vain for offside. It was the perfect start for Sevilla and their beleaguered coach.

Los Rojiblancos’ full backs, Adriano and Konko, were racing forward to support the attack with great effect as the hosts dominated the majority of the early play. Diego Perotti and Jesus Navas were also causing problems in the Zaragoza defence, but the final ball was lacking quality.

The visitors were inching their way back into the game as the half went on with a number of set piece opportunities, and found the equaliser just after the half hour mark.

Sevilla’s defence was opened wide up by a cross-field ball that Ikechukwu Uche headed back across the penalty area to Javier Arizmendi, who rifled the ball into the back of the net. Andres Palop will be disappointed with his poor effort to save the shot, but Manolo Jimenez was furious with his defence who left Arizmendi totally unmarked.

The hosts should have re-taken the lead minutes later. Perotti crossed for Negredo, but although his mis-hit shot fell nicely to Luis Fabiano, the Brazilian’s flick came back off the post.

Los Blanquillos suffered a blow five minutes before half time, however, as Uche landed awkwardly following a challenge with Julien Escude and was unable to continue. Ander Herrera replaced the 25-year-old.

On the stroke of half time, Sevilla retook the lead. Negredo flicked on Palop’s long ball upfield, and Luis Fabiano reacted quicker than Roberto Ayala to chip the ball over the onrushing Carrizo from 18 yards.

Zaragoza were living dangerously with some frantic defending, and the referee’s half time whistle was a welcome sound to their ears.

The game was stretched after the break with play quickly switching from end to end. Arizmendi thought he had found a second equaliser in the 56th minute, but was incorrectly judged to have been offside.

Seconds later, los Nervionenses extended their lead. Centre-back Federico Fazio went on a rampaging run down the right flank to send in a cross for Diego Perotti to fire home a brilliant shot from a tight angle.

Perotti almost turned provider when he whipped in a corner in the 60th minute, but Escude’s header flashed just wide of the post. Marcelino brought on 17-year-old winger Kevin in an effort to chance his team’s fortunes, while for the hosts the slightly disappointing Negredo was substituted for Lautaro Acosta.

Carrizo pulled off an excellent save from Luis Fabiano’s close-range header with just over 20 minutes to go as Sevilla really began to turn the screw, with Acosta looking particularly lively after coming on.

Luis Fabiano then added a fourth for Sevilla in the 85th minute as he tucked home the rebound after substitute Lolo had hit the post from Jesus Navas’ corner.

The hosts were running riot, backed by their fervent support, but while they could not find the fifth goal that their fans were craving, Manolo Jimenez will have a much easier night’s sleep tonight after a fine performance from his team.


~ by footballdirecta on September 13, 2009.

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