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This years UEFA cup winners shirt is made by Joma.  Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop saved three penalty kicks in a 3-1 shootout win over Espanyol after a 2-2 draw in the UEFA Cup final on Wednesday.

The teams were 1-1 after 90 minutes and 2-2 following 30 minutes of extra time before Palop saved penalties from Luis Garcia, Jonatas and Marc Torrejon at Hampden Park.

Sevilla came close to winning in extra time when Frederic Kanoute scored to make it 2-1, but substitute Jonatas hit a swerving shot with five minutes left to send the game to a shootout.

Kanoute, Ivica Dragutinovic and Antonio Puerta scored in the shootout for Sevilla, while only Walter Pandiani scored for Espanyol.

"We thought they were catching up with us and then they drew level," man-of-the-match Palop said. "But penalties are complicated."

Sevilla, which matched Real Madrid's 1986 feat of retaining the trophy, can now go for an unprecedented treble in Spanish soccer by adding the Spanish league and Copa del Rey titles. The team is third in the league and has reached the final of the Copa.

"I want Sevilla's name to sound out all over Europe," Palop said.

The defending UEFA Cup champion withstood heavy pressure in the second half at Hampden Park but imposed itself after Espanyol's Moises Hurtado was sent off in the 68th for a second yellow card.

Sevilla took the lead in front of a raucous crowd at the tournament's first all-Spanish final when Adriano Correira scored in the 18th minute. Albert Riera made it 1-1 in the 28th, and Espanyol created several good chances after that but failed to convert.

With Espanyol attacking early and its defense pushing up, Adriano Correira carried the ball in from the left of midfield and ran unchallenged on goal.

He cut back onto his right foot and, with a defender rushing in to tackle, curled a shot from 10 meters (yards) past Espanyol goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz's left hand and in at the far post.

However, Espanyol was back in the game 10 minutes later.

Riera picked the ball up and broke down the left. He ran inside Daniel Alves before hitting a shot from 20 meters (yards) that deflected off the recovering right back's sliding challenge and beat Palop to make it 1-1.

With greater numbers and more experience than Espanyol -- nine of Sevilla's starting 11 played in last season's 4-0 final rout of Middlesbrough -- Sevilla went 2-1 up in the 105th when Jesus Navas crossed from the right and Kanoute tapped the ball in from close range.

Sevilla's Aleksandr Kerzhakov celebrates with the trophy at the end of the UEFA Cup final in Glasgow.

Jonatas gave Espanyol hope with his 115th-minute equalizer, but could not repeat his accuracy in the shootout.

Adriano almost scored another for Sevilla with a shot just wide of the post, while Raul Tamudo and Hurtado missed chances to make it 2-1 for Espanyol.

Espanyol forced a corner in the first minute of the second period and Tamudo drew a save from Palop moments later.

"They have a great goalkeeper," Espanyol coach Ernesto Valverde said. "That was crucial."

Kanoute managed a 55th-minute shot that Iraizoz saved, but play again switched back to the other end for Ivan de la Pena to set up Tamudo for an effort that Palop pushed over for a corner.

Espanyol brought on Pandiani, the tournament's leading scorer with 11 goals, as a 56th-minute substitute and Riera almost made it 2-1 a minute later with a swerving shot from the left that was headed for the top corner until Palop flicked it onto the crossbar.

Hurtado was sent off for halting a counterattack on the edge of the area with a needless tackle from behind on substitute Alexandr Kerzhakov. It was his second yellow card for such an offense.

"It was a real cruel final," said Valverde, who lost the 1988 UEFA Cup final with Espanyol as a player. "There was a period I thought we were going to win before the sending off."

In a hectic last 10 minutes of regular time, Iraizoz saved shots from Kanoute, Jesus Navas and Renato. The best stop came when he made a close-range save from Kanoute -- hitting his head on the post in the process -- before Dragutinovic put the rebound over the bar.

 

 

 

 

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