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Middlesbrough and Sevilla will play the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven on 10 May. The English side beat Steaua Bucharest 4-2 and Sevilla earned a 1-0 win over FC Schalke 04 in extra time.Sevilla FC - FC Schalke 04Neither Sevilla nor Schalke 04 found the net during the two semi final clashes and so extra time was needed to get a result. Sevilla were eventually rewarded for their attacking ideas. The deadlock was finally broken on 11 minutes of the first part of extra time, when substitute Manuel Puerta produced a fine volley from a Jesus Navas cross. That extra time goal made sure of a place in the finals. The Spanish side will meet Middlesbrough, who saw off Steaua Bucharest 4-2 in spectacular fashion. Middlesbrough - Steaua BucharestBy scoring a double against Steaua Bucharest, Massimo Maccarone put Middlesbrough in the UEFA Cup final. As a substitute he scored a late-gasp winning goal in the quarter final and he repeated this feat last night in the 89th minutes of the return semi-final clash, at home against Steaua. The late winning goal that Maccarone netted crowned a tremendous comeback. Steaua had a dream start and were 0-2 on top when only 25 minutes were on the clock. So the visitors, who had earned a 1-0 win in the semi final first leg, thought they had virtually wrapped up the game. When Maccarone was brought on, the game was turned upside down. The Italian started on the bench, but he was brought on, when his side were trailing 0-2. And the substitution paid off, for Maccarone pulled one goal back, after Mark Viduka had picked him out; 1-2. Middlesbrough continued to dominate proceedings after the break. Stuart Downing, who was involved in three goals with an assist, was one of the most outstanding players on the pitch. He delivered the crosses and Viduka, Chris Riggott and Maccarone scored the three goals that Middlesbrough needed to reach the final.