Sevilla claim first European title

Eindhoven, May 11:

If these Brazilians can’t make it on the World Cup team, the world had better beware.

Led by right back Daniel Alves and forwards Adriano and Luis Fabiano — none of which are projected to make Carlos Alberto Parreira’s 23-man roster — Sevilla overwhelmed England’s Middlesbrough 4-0 on Wednesday to win the UEFA Cup and earn the Spanish club its first European title.

Luis Fabiano finished off a sterling smooth move to set up the first goal in the rout.

After Fabiano scored the first, Middlesbrough was forced to chase an elusive goal and it never recovered. Middlesbrough coach Steve McClaren took some amazing tactical risks in the second half to claw back in a tight game, but his recklessness to play four forwards was punished with three late Sevilla goals.

Apart from Fabiano, Italy’s Vicenzo Maresca scored two and Mali’s Frederic Kanoute added another.Middlesbrough, which twice faced elimination with three-goal deficits in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, couldn’t conjure another miracle in the final against a more sophisticated side.

A second Spanish-English clash is set for next Wednesday, when FC Barcelona plays against Arsenal in the European Champions League final.