Sevilla Crash Out Of Peace Cup After Seongnam Draw

The Andalucians had it tough in their own back yard...

Sevilla were eliminated from the Peace Cup 2009 after being held to a draw by unfancied South Korean outfit Seongnam Ilhwa at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

The Andalucians needed all three points after being defeated by Juventus in their tournament opener, while Seongnam face a clash with the Italians to decide who progresses to the semi-finals.

Sevilla will be bitterly disappointed with their first half showing and their inability to convert chances in the second period, not to mention the extremely low crowd on the evening of the event.

The first half was one of the more tame occasions of the pre-season so far.

Not until the 18th minute was there a chance worthy of the name as the visitors defended with great positional sense.

Even then it came from a free-kick, Romaric launching a ball low and goalward, but one easy enough for Jung Sung-Ryong to score.

Just before the half hour mark Luis Fabiano evaded his markers to get on the end of a Diego Capel through ball, but the chance came to nothing.

That was it as far as chances went, and the meagre crowd was less than pleased. The visitors, under coach Shin Tae Yong, were dealing well with the pressure but producing little themselves.

For all the failings of the first half in terms of entertainment value, though, the second was an infinite improvement

Perhaps spurred on by the hostile whistles from the home crowd, Sevilla emerged for the second period with a renewed sense of purpose.

New signing Didier Zokora, a substitute for Romaric, started well, as did Diego Perotti, on for the disappointing Lautaro Acosta.

Capel was linking up well with Luis Fabiano yet again as the second half wore on, but to no avail.

For Seongnam, Lee Ho had the best chance of the game on 61 minutes, slamming a vicious free-kick into the crossbar.

But from there the Rojiblancos took the initiative. Fabiano then hit the crossbar himself, before substitute Javier Chevanton enjoyed a period of chances, culminating in striking the post.

It was too little, too late for the Nervionenses, who crash out of the tournament at this early stage. Seongnam must beat Juventus to progress.

Steve Michaels, Goal.com