Madrid, April 27:
Underdogs Osasuna and Espanyol each won in the first legs of the UEFA Cup semi-finals on Thursday.
Osasuna beat defending champion Sevilla 1-0 at home, with Roberto Soldado scoring the lone goal in the 54th minute. Espanyol got goals from Moises Hurtado, Walter Pandiani and Ferran Corominas in a 3-0 win over visiting Werder Bremen â€” the only team from outside Spain in the last four.
The second legs are scheduled for May 3, with the final at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland, on May 16.
Soldado deflected in David Lopezâ€™s free kick with a glancing header, leaving Sevilla goalkeeper David Cobeno no chance. Sevilla, which hasnâ€™t won at Osasuna in 15 years, dominated the early stages, but Osasuna then took control.
Osasuna captain Patxi Punal sent a volley wide in the 15th and midfielder Raul Garcia directed a header which was saved by Cobeno in the 34th. With the hosts pressing, Sevilla received three yellow cards â€” to Poulsen, Frederic Kanoute and Jesus Navas â€” in an eight-minute spell before halftime.
After Soldadoâ€™s goal, Osasuna piled forward in search of a second, with Lopez and Soldado both shooting just over the crossbar and Milosevic heading wide. Sevilla is trying to become the first team since Real Madrid in 1986 to win consecutive UEFA Cup titles.
Espanyol took the lead when Ivan De La Pena passed a short corner to Francisco Perez Rufete in the 20th and the former Spain international lofted the ball into the penalty area for Moises to head home.
The hosts doubled their lead in the 50th, again from De La Penaâ€™s corner. This time, the midfielder curled it in and Pandiani, the UEFA Cupâ€™s top scorer, met the ball with a glancing header for his 11th goal.
Bremen then had goalkeeper Tim Wiese sent off in the 58th for tripping Espanyol captain Raul Tamudo.
Andreas Reinke, who replaced Wiese, saw his first real action in the 83rd when he deflected Rufeteâ€™s shot, was beaten four minutes later when Corominas scored Espanyolâ€™s third goal following a swift counterattack.
The German team, lacking injured Tim Borowski, Per Mertesacker and Pierre Wome, twice created danger in the opening 10 minutes. However, Bremen was then forced on the defensive by Espanyol, the leading scorers in this seasonâ€™s competition with 31 goals.
Espanyol midfielder Daniel Jarque had an 18th-minute goal disallowed for offsides, two minutes before the home team took the lead. Bremen, which lifted the European Cup Winnersâ€™ Cup in 1992, was denied an equalizer in the 22nd when goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz dived to stop a rising shot by Torsten Frings.