Sevilla 2-0 Unirea Urziceni: Plain Sailing For The Andalusians

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Sevilla got their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start as their Romanian visitors never really challenged Los Nervionenses at the Ramon Sanchez Pijuan stadium.

Uniread Urziceni set up with Marius Bilasco as a lone striker and from the off he drifted deeper and deeper into his own half which typified the visiting teams mentality in this game.

Before the game Manolo Jimenez stressed the importance of his side being patient and not getting exposed to the counterattack and that is exactly what his team did, maintaining their composure and never committing too many men forward in the opening 45 minutes.

Luis Fabiano brought a terrific save from Giedrius Arlauskis in the Urziceni goal from a 25-yard free-kick and George Galamaz twice thwarted Fabiano and strike partner Frederic Kanoute, much to the frustration of the home support.

They continued to probe, with Jesus Navas and Diego Capel each getting forward to good effect on either flank and Sevilla’s patience was finally rewarded in first-half stoppage time when Fabiano got the better of Arlauskis, expertly guiding a left-footed effort into bottom right hand corner of the net from the edge of the box after a brillant pull back from Renato down the right.

With the deadlock broken the second half was comfortable for Los Nervionenses and Capel should have added a second shortly after the interval after Fabiano put the winger in on goal but he blazed over.

Substitute Alvaro Negredo replaced Kanoute to make his Champions Leageu debut for Sevilla and almost had a dream start but his effort was saved by Arlauskis.

The home side continued to dominate possession and finally got the all important two-goal cushion when Fabiano returned the favour, turning provider for fellow Brazilian Renato.

The prolific striker connected with Diego Perotti‘s corner, heading goal bound and Renato reacted first to head home from close range to make it 2-0 and put the tie beyond all doubt.

Jimenez said that his sides aim was to finish top of Group G and that’s where they sit tonight after a comfortable win but Dan Petrescu‘s side are likely to provide a much sterner test on their own patch than away from home.


~ by footballdirecta on September 17, 2009.

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