Sevilla ready for showdown with Arsenal
17 September 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Sevilla showed they are in fine shape ahead of Wednesday's tough Champions League match against Arsenal with an impressive 4-1 home win over Recreativo Huelva on Sunday maintaining their 100 percent start to the season.
17 September 2007
MADRID - (AFP) - Sevilla showed they are in fine shape ahead of Wednesday's tough Champions League match against Arsenal with an impressive 4-1 home win over Recreativo Huelva on Sunday maintaining their 100 percent start to the season.
Russian Alexander Kerzhakov, who also missed a penalty, and Mali international Frederic Kanoute both scored twice to sink Recreativo as Sevilla moved up to second in the table with a maximum haul of six points.
It was Sevilla's first league match since the tragic death of their former Spanish international defender Antonio Puerta and they offered a fitting tribute with a terrific display of attacking football.
It was the perfect preparation for the UEFA Cup winners ahead of the testing Champions League match at Arsenal - who are unbeaten and lead the English Premiership - on Wednesday.
Another boost for Sevilla was the brilliant performance of Brazilian Daniel Alves who appears to healed his rift with the club after they denied him a summer move to Chelsea.
Ivory Cost striker Arouna Kone also made his debut on a night of many positives for Sevilla.
While Real Madrid are beaming after picking up a maximum nine points fans of neighbours Atletico Madrid wait impatiently for their team's first win of the campaign following a disappointing 1-1 draw at Murcia on Sunday.
Argentine teenager Sergio Aguero looked to have scored the winning goal for Atletico with his 14th minute strike but Francisco Gallardo levelled ten minutes from the end to salvage a draw for Murcia.
After splashing out millions of euros on the likes of Simao, Diego Forlan and Antonio Reyes in the summer Mexican coach Javier Aguirre is expected to have the club competing on all fronts and two points from nine is a poor start.
"We were satisfied with our goal and in the end that cost us dearly," bemoaned Aguirre.
Atletico's next test is in the UEFA Cup against Turkish club Erciyesspor on Thursday.
Elsewhere Villarreal bounced back from their 5-0 thrashing by Real Madrid a fortnight ago with a late 1-0 victory at Mallorca.
Turkish international Nihat scoring eight minutes from the end to down Mallorca and push Villarreal upto fourth.
Barcelona, who face Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday, are under pressure to collect all three points when they travel to Osasuna in the late match.
Real Madrid are currently five points ahead of Barcelona who will be desperate to win their game in hand and not give their rivals an early advantage in the title race.
[Copyright AFP with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news