Sevilla secure spot at Hampden
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Holders Sevilla advanced to an all-Spanish Uefa Cup final following a 2-0 win over Liga bridesmaids Osasuna at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
After 37 minutes of stalemate, where neither the hosts nor the visitors had taken the initiative, Sevilla struck the first blow en route to setting up a final meeting with Espanyol.
Luis Fabiano did well to control a high ball from Christian Poulsen and, after seeing off the challenge of Carlos Cuellar, placed the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Ricardo.
It could and should have been 2-0 when Fredi Kanoute, reverting to the form which had once frustrated Tottenham supporters, headed straight at Ricardo after Cuellar had missed his kick.
Osasuna had mustered precious little attacking threat of their own. Minus the suspended Roberto Soldado - the visitors' first leg matchwinner - Pierre Webo was asked to plough a lone, fruitless furrow.
After a cagey first period, the second half was an altogether more entertaining affair with chances coming at both ends. The tempo was set with barely 60 seconds having elapsed from the restart when Renato's shot from distance had Ricardo scurrying.
The pivotal moment of the tie came on 53 minutes. After Webo had blazed over a presentable opening for the visitors, Daniel Alves's dinked ball caught the visitors square and Renato steered a shot home.
Webo made a considerably better attempt with a header that struck the post just before the hour, while Fabiano also showed similar technique for the hosts but it too was off target.
Jose Ziganda's increasingly adventurous side pressed for an all-important away goal but could not upset the odds, allowing Sevilla to book their tickets for Hampden Park on 16th May.