Sevilla too good for Middlesbrough
Sevilla beat Middlesbrough 4-0 to lift a European trophy for the first time in the Spanish club's history.Updated: May 11, 2006 19:21 IST
Two goals in the space of six minutes from Vincenzo Maresca helped Sevilla beat Middlesbrough 4-0 in the final of the UEFA Cup to lift a European trophy for the first time in the Spanish club's history.
In the match played on Wednesday, Luis Fabiano scored the opener for Sevilla in the 27th minute, heading home Daniel Alves' cross from 11 m while Maresca made the game safe 12 minutes from time before netting his second six minutes of time.
There was still time for substitute Fredi Kanoute to make it 4-0 as Middlesborough's players dropped their heads.
Manager Steve McClaren, who will take over from Sven Goran Eriksson as England manager after the World Cup, welcomed back goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer for his first game since fracturing his cheekbone in the FA Cup semi-final.
Gareth Southgate returned from a hamstring injury to captain the side while Mark Viduka and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink were chosen in attack.
After their fairytale come-from-behind wins over Basel and Steaua Bucharest in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, many people believed Boro's name was on the cup but they were outclassed on the night.
Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng said there had not been that much difference between the two sides.
"We had our chances," he said. "We did not take them and that's the only difference."
"At the end, you could see how good they are, they are a very good team and they played really well but if we had taken our chances we would have had a better chance to win," said Boateng.
First Published: May 11, 2006 19:21 IST