Seville beat Getafe 1-0 to win Copa del Rey
25 June 2007, MADRID - An early goal by Frederic Kanoute of Mali gave UEFA Cup champion Sevilla a 1-0 win over Getafe in the final of Spain's Copa del Rey at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.
25 June 2007
MADRID - An early goal by Frederic Kanoute of Mali gave UEFA Cup champion Sevilla a 1-0 win over Getafe in the final of Spain's Copa del Rey at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.
Former Tottenham striker Kanoute scored in the 11th minute on a very warm night by pouncing on a poor backpass by Getafe central defender Ruben Pulido.
The win allowed Sevilla, with 102 years of history, to add a third cup this season to its trophy room having taken the European Supercup 3-0 against FC Barcelona, and been the first club in more than 20 years to retain the UEFA Cup when it beat Espanyol 3-1 on penalties.
Upstart Getafe, barely 61 years old, with a much smaller budget and ascended to the Primera Liga only three seasons ago, had aimed to showcase coach Bernd Schuster's tactical expertise which has reportedly linked him with Real Madrid next season.
Due to its greater age in the league, Sevilla played as the host team at the Bernabeu, using Real Madrid's dressing room.
The first chance of the match came when Getafe forward Daniel Guiza managed to clear Sevilla's defense only to have his shot stopped by goalkeeper Andres Palop in the seventh minute.
Guiza was Getafe's top scorer in the competition with 17 goals, six in the knockout final stages.
Sevilla played a Copa del Rey final for the first time since 1962 when it lost 2-1 to Real Madrid. Before that Sevilla had won 3-0 against Sabadell in 1934, 6-2 against Racing de Ferrol in 1939, and 4-1 against Celta Vigo in 1948.
Sevilla midfielder Renato right-footed teammate Luis Fabiano's cross hard but Getafe goalkeeper Luis Garcia stopped it in the 26th minute.
Kanoute had a shot saved by Garcia in the 51st.
Getafe midfielder Nacho Perez shot high over the crossbar in the 54th.
Match-winner Kanoute was ejected in the 90th after retaliating against Getafe midfielder Francisco Casquero by kicking him in the right ankle.
In February, Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked unconscious by a bottle hurled by a spectator during a Copa del Rey quarterfinal against crosstown rival Real Betis.
Under Ramos, Sevilla finished third in the Spanish league, its best result there in 37 years.
[Copyright AP with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news