Brazil World Cup striker LUIS FABIANO of FC Sevilla (10) seeks to control the ball as Paris St. Germain captain and defender SYLVAIN ARMAND (22) closes down on the play at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in the Andalusia region of southern Spain. (Reuters photo)
UEFA Europa League
0 – FC Sevilla (SPA)
1 – FC Paris St. Germain (FRA) ——— Nene 75′
A goal inside a quarter of an hour to play saw visiting French side PARIS ST. GERMAIN stun regarded Spanish squad FC SEVILLA 1-0 in a border battle to open Group J play for the UEFA Europa League.
Although Sevilla, who won the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007, easily controlled more of the possession, it was Paris St. Germain who always looked more dangerous on the counter.
Brazilian winger NENE (Anderson Luiz de Carvalho), who netted twice for PSG over the weekend in the 4-0 French league win over Arles-Avignon, scored the game-winner against Sevilla in the 75th minute; the off-season summer purchase of 5.5 million Euros from AS Monaco put away a left-footed shot after being released on the left by France international striker PEGUY LUYINDULA.
Nene should have been no stranger to Sevilla considering the 29-year-old has contested 179 La Liga games (43 goals) for Real Mallorca, Deportivo Alaves, Celta de Vigo and Espanyol Barcelona in five seasons of Spanish Primera Division football over the course of his career.
FC SEVILLA : Palop ; Dabo, Alexis, Caceres, Konko ; Capel (Perotti 61′), Zokora, Cigarini (Guarente 46′), Navas ; Luis Fabiano, Jose Carlos (Kanoute 46′)
FC PARIS ST. GERMAIN : Edel ; Armand, Camara, Chantome, Jallet ; Maurice, Tiene (Sakho 89′), Clement, Nene (Horau 76′) ; Luyindula, Erdinc (Makelele 66′)
FC Sevilla’s 36-year-old veteran goalkeeper ANDRES PALOP (1) prepares to snuff the shot of Paris St. Germain’s Turkey international striker MEVLUT ERDINC at the Estadio Roman Sanchez Pizjuan. (Jorge Guerrero/AFP)