Christian Poulsen feared Sevilla had blown their chances of retaining the UEFA Cup when Espanyol forced the final at Hampden to a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out.

The holders were twice pegged back by a battling Espanyol side, who found themselves down to 10 men midway through the second half when Moises Hurtado received a second yellow card. In the end, goalkeeper Andres Palop ensured the silverware would be returning to the city of Seville by blocking spot-kicks from Jonatas, David Garcia and Marc Torrejon.

"We didn´t play the smartest in extra-time and I actually thought we would lose," said Danish utility man Poulsen, who occupied roles in midfield and defence during the match. "But our goalkeeper was really strong and we should say thank you to him."

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