First Division - Day 21

Sevilla 4 - Zaragoza 2

Sevilla: Notario; Njegus, Javi Navarro, Pablo Alfaro, Juanmi; Gallardo, Casquero, Víctor Sales, Luis Gil (Tomás 65'); Reyes (Olivera 35'), Moisés (Toedtli 90'). 4-4-2.
Zaragoza: Láinez; Rebosio (Komljenovic 64'), Aguado, Paco, Pablo; Aragón, Toro Acuña, Chainho (Yordi 64'); Galletti, Vellisca; Juanele. 4-3-2-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: Javi Navarro, Reyes, Moisés for David, Francisco, Tomás / Zaragoza: Pablo, Aragón for Sundgren, Yordi.

0-1. 12. Toro Acuña. Controlled ball and shot wide of keeper from outside of area.
1-1. 18. Reyes. Headed ball wide of keeper from Gallardo corner.
2-1. 49. Olivera. Controlled ball on chest and volleyed across keeper.
3-1. 52. Olivera. Fired shot from edge of area inside keeper's near post.
3-2. 64. Galletti. Headed past Notario from corner.
4-2. 95. Víctor Sales. Cut in and shot past keeper from outside area.

Sevilla kept up their good form this season, beating Zaragoza 4-2 in an exciting match to move back up to the top half of the season. The defeat cost Zaragoza's Txetxu Rojo his job, the manager finally getting the sack the following day and being replaced by caretaker manager Luis Costa, who was also in charge for much of last season. Certainly Rojo's final line up was unusual, without a recognised striker in the line up and with Juanele and Galletti playing more forward than they normally do. Sevilla manager Joaquín Caparrós recovered his two strikers Reyes and Moisés after they missed the last game, but it was Rojo's side who struck first, Toro Acuña sending a warning to keeper Notario with an early free kick and then beating him with a shot from outside of the area in the twelfth minute. The lead only lasted six minutes though before youngster Reyes headed the equaliser from Gallardo's corner.

Reyes had to go off with an injury before the break, and Caparrós brought on the out of favour Nico Olivera. That was a turning point, and the Uruguayan international staked his claim for more first team football with two goals within seven minutes of the restart, first with a volley past Láinez and then a shot inside the near post. Rojo brought on Yordi and Komljenovic, the Yugoslavian defender making his first appearance after four months with the club, and almost immediately Galletti narrowed the gap heading home a corner. With the bit between their teeth Zaragoza came out looking for an equaliser, with Yordi going close and Acuña bringing another good save out of Notario. But with the game coming to an end Víctor ended their hopes with a well taken goal to secure the three points. Zaragoza dropped to sixteenth, within two points of the relegation places, and Txetxu Rojo waved goodbye to the side for the second time in three years.