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Posted on 5 April 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol couldn't hide his disappointment after a controversial penalty decision changed the course of our UEFA Cup quarter-final, first leg in Seville.

Martin Jol couldn't hide his disappointment after a controversial penalty decision changed the course of our UEFA Cup quarter-final, first leg in Seville.

We started brightly at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium and forged ahead as early as the second minute when Dimitar Berbatov played in Robbie Keane and the striker collected the rebound from Andres Palop's save to roll into an empty net.

Territorial possession was maintained in those crucial early stages until the decision that changed everything.

With just over 17 minutes on the clock, Adriano capitalised on a defensive mix-up and bore down on goal only to be stopped in his tracks by what appeared to be a perfect goalkeeping interception along the ground by Paul Robinson.

To Robbo's amazement, referee Mr Hamer pointed the spot and Fredi Kanoute didn't need a second invitation to level the scores. Sevilla took the lead after 36 minutes when Aleksandr Kerzhakov headed home from close range as the lads looked somewhat shell-shocked at the break.

They regained control in the second half, however and enjoyed the best of the chances via Keane and substitute Steed Malbranque, but it stayed 2-1 to set up a cracking return leg at the Lane on Thursday week, April 12.

"Everyone could see it wasn't only one, but two hands on the ball, so we are very disappointed," said Martin of the penalty award.

"We started off so well, created a chance, scored and I felt we were in control.

"After the penalty, they took over although they didn't create a lot and perhaps we could have done better with the second goal.

"At 2-1, we came out and did well in the second half, created three or four more chances and Paul Robinson didn't really have another save to make.

"I feel a bit disappointed - okay, not a bit, a lot - about the decision but it can happen."

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