10 May 2006, Phillips Stadion, Eindhoven, approximately 22.20 CEST.
With just over ten minutes remaining at the Phillips Stadion in Eindhoven, Sevilla led Middlesborough 1-0 in the 2006 UEFA Cup final as both teams competed for their first European honours.
Following excellent saves by long-serving goalkeeper Andres Palop first from Massimo Maccarone and then miraculously from Mark Viduka, and having dominated the game for vast periods, the Andalusians knew that this was finally going to be their night. They could be even surer of their convictions seconds later.
Bursting forward on the counter-attack, 20-year old winger Jesus Navas crossed for Frederic Kanoute. With the ball loose in the penalty area following Mark Schwarzer’s point-blank save, one man was alive to the danger as former Juventus midfielder Enzo Maresca swept home to send the Sevilla fans into raptures.
Two more goals would follow, another for Maresca and a fourth moments from time for Kanoute, to hand the Spanish club the trophy, kicking off a remarkable spell in the competition.
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