First Division - Day 22

Sevilla 3 - Espanyol 0

Sevilla: Notario; Juanmi, Javi Navarro, Pablo Alfaro, David; Gallardo, Víctor Sales (Alvaro 87'), Francisco, Luis Gil; Reyes (Toedtli 85'), Moisés (Olivera 77'). 4-4-2.
Espanyol: Mora; Navas, Lopo, Soldevilla, Ricardo Cavas; Alex Fernández (Oscar 55'), Morales; Martín Posse, Palencia (De Lucas 60'), Roger (Fran 73'); Tamudo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: David, Francisco for Njegus, Casquero / Espanyol: Ricardo Cavas, Alex Fernández, Palencia for David García, Raúl Vates, De Lucas.

1-0. 47. Moisés. Took pass from Reyes to shoot across Mora from outside area.
2-0. 48. Moisés. Ran on to hooked pass from Reyes and beat Mora on near post.
3-0. 81. Reyes. Placed ball in off far post from wide angle after Gallardo pass.

A Sevilla side containing eleven Spanish nationals moved up to eighth in the table after an easy victory over Espanyol. With Njegus and Casquero suspended but David back from his one match ban, Joaquín Caparrós opted for a home grown starting line up, once again leaving Nico Olivera on the bench despite his two goals the week before. Paco Flores also used eleven Spaniards during the game, although he chose to start with three forwards, Palencia, Martín Posse and Tamudo in his opening side. It was an open attacking game, with Sevilla dominating right from the start when Gallardo missed a sitter in front of goal. Moisés hit the bar with a free kick and Reyes sent a header against the post for the home side, and a deflected shot from Morales almost gave the visitors a surprise lead against the run of play.

The pressure paid off immediately after the break though, with Moisés scoring two in a minute, both of which were set up by Reyes, to take his total for the season to ten, only one behind the league's top scorer Catanha. Mora made a point blank save from Reyes and Moisés missed out on his hat-trick by inches as Sevilla piled it on, although Tamudo almost pulled one back on a counterattack. Reyes added a third eight minutes before full time however, beating Mora from a wide angle to the delight of the local fans, and substitute Nico Olivera almost got another right at the end. Sevilla have now scored 37 goals this season, their highest total in the first division at this stage of the season for 40 years, and club president Roberto Alés is now changing his objective for the season from survival to a place in Europe. Victories for the four teams below them means that Espanyol drop to within a place of the relegation zone, and they are hoping that new signings Paulo Sousa and Pacheco will be available for the visit of Real Madrid to Montjuic next Sunday to get their season back on track.