Joy in Andalusia, misery in Catalonia at cup final

17th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

17 May 2007, SEVILLE - Tens of thousands of Sevilla fans celebrated through the night after their team beat Espanyol in a penalty shootout for its second consecutive UEFA Cup title.

17 May 2007

SEVILLE - Tens of thousands of Sevilla fans celebrated through the night after their team beat Espanyol in a penalty shootout for its second consecutive UEFA Cup title.

Fans chanted "It's Andres' cup" in Seville's Puerta de Jerez square after goalkeeper Andres Palop stopped three penalty kicks at the final Wednesday night in Glasgow, Scotland.

"We're living the club's best moment in history," Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido said.

The teams were tied 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-2 following 30 minutes of extra time before Palop saved penalties from Luis Garcia, Jonatas and Marc Torrejon at Hampden Park.

Sevilla is still in contention for the treble, which would be unprecedented in Spanish soccer. It is just two points off the lead in the league _ with four rounds left _ and plays Getafe on June 23 for the Copa del Rey final.

"We are defending European champions and we're going for three titles this year," Del Nido said. "Now it's the league, the league, the league."

In Barcelona, Espanyol fans praised their team for holding out with 10 men following the ejection of Moises Hurtado in the 68th minute for a second yellow card.

"A heroic deed without reward," said a headline in Barcelona daily La Vanguardia.

Thousands of fans were expected to welcome both teams back later Thursday.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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