Fenerbahce knock Sevilla out
Fenerbahce will make their first ever appearance in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Sevilla on Tuesday ending the Spanish side's hopes of a third successive European title having won the two previous UEFA Cups.
The 17-time Turkish champions turned up as marginal favourites in Andalucia after prevailing 3-2 in Istanbul a fortnight ago but Sevilla stormed back into the tie, winning the second leg 3-2 after extra time to leave the score at 5-5 on aggregate.
After 210 minutes of enthralling action penalties were required for only the third time in the competition's history outside the final itself. And Fenerbahce it was who kept their nerve to make it into the last eight after their keeper Volkan Demirel made up for some earlier mistakes by saving three of Sevilla's penalties.
It looked to be a tall order to expect this second leg to live up to the thrilling first chapter of this first knockout round bout in Istanbul but these two attack minded-sides managed it comfortably.
Daniel Alves put Sevilla into a fifth minute lead when he slammed home a 25 yard freekick, the ball being punched on its way by Demirel who will not look back on this moment as one of his finest. Alves' second Champions League goal squared the tie with competition newcomers Sevilla having the upper hand on the away goals rule after their double strike in Turkey a fortnight ago.
Four minutes later Seydou Keita put the Spaniards firmly in control, fizzing the ball past Demirel who again was found wanting and into the topright corner of the net from even further out than Alves.
That left Sevilla with the balance of power at 4-3 on aggregate but Zico's young Turks recovered from this double whammy when Brazilian Deivid slammed in Alex's corner in the 20th minute. Sevilla though still enjoyed the advantage on away goals over Fenerbahce who seemed to be feeling the absence of their defensive kingpin, Brazilian FIFA World Cup winner Roberto Carlos.
The hosts' recently crowned African footballer of the Year Frederic Kanoute was on the mark three minutes from half time to effectively spell the end of the road for the boys from the Bosphorus. The Mali international made it 3-1 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate when he displayed a deft bit of chest control to volley Alves' chip from the right past the struggling Demirel.
Having seen his side cede the advantage Zico needed to conjure up more second half fireworks with the visitors requiring just one goal to send the tie into extra time. After striking a late winner a fortnight ago a comeback was always on the cards and the man who produced that late goal in Istanbul, Semih Senturk, came on for Selcuk Sahin in the 63rd minute.
But it was Deivid who sent this unpredictable clash into extra time with the sides locked at 5-5 after bagging his double in the 79th minute.
Alex again was instrumental, floating in a freekick for the unmarked Deivid to strike first against the post and then knock the rebound past Sevilla keeper Andres Palop.
After extra time failed to split the sides penalties were called for with Demirel saving efforts from Julien Escude, Enzo Marseca and Alves with fiery Serbian striker Mateja Kezman grabbing the winning penalty.