UEFA Europa League
4 – Paris St. Germain (FRA) —— Bodmer 17′, Hoarau 20′, 47′, Nene 45′
2 – FC Sevilla (SPA) —————— Kanoute 32′, 36′
A goal just before the break and another strike just after the restart effectively crushed the comeback attempt as PARIS ST. GERMAIN downed visiting Spanish side FC SEVILLA 4-2 in Group J of the UEFA Europa League.
33-year-old veteran Mali international striker FREDERIC KANOUTE, who appeared in 16 games and scored 11 goals for the France U-21 national team while playing for Olympique Lyon once upon a time, restored Sevilla to level terms after Paris St. Germain had gone ahead a pair inside the opening twenty minutes.
But, Brazilian winger NENE, who paces Paris St. Germain with eight goals in Ligue 1 this year, sent the home side back in front with a team-leading fourth goal in Europe this year just before halftime. The 29-year-old winger, an off-season acquisition costing 5.5 million Euros from Ligue 1 rival AS Monaco, also netted the only goal of the match for PSG in the previous meeting with Sevilla in late Septmeber. Nene, of course, is a veteran of La Liga having turned out for Real Mallorca, Deportivo Alaves, Celta Vigo and Espanyol Barcelona in Spain.
GUILLAUME HOARAU, who has earned his first three caps for France this season, scored his second goal of the game for Paris St. Germain two minutes into the second half to doom Sevilla; the 26-year-old striker is now tied with Nene on four goals for PSG in the UEFA Europa League this term.
Paris St. Germain, currently fourth in what has been a tightly contested Ligue 1 so far this season, overtook Sevilla at the top of Group J with the win and clinched a place in the knockout round of the UEFA Europa League for this coming spring; the Spanish side dropped to second place, one point ahead of German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.
PARIS ST. GERMAIN : Edel ; Ceara, Camara, Sakho, Tiene ; Chantome, Bodmer (Jallet 79′), Sessegnon, Clement ; Nene (Luyindula 66′), Hoarau (Giuly 70′)
FC SEVILLA : Palop ; Dabo, Caceres, Escude, Navarro ; Capel (Alfaro 65′), Zokora (Negredo 46′), Renato, Romaric (Cigarini 78′), Perotti ; Kanoute