First Division - Day 4

Espanyol 0 - Sevilla 0

Espanyol: Argensó; Navas, Soldevilla, Domoraud, Ricardo Cavas; Morales (Boghossian 90'); Maxi, Fredson (Milosevic 86'), Roger, Luque (Martín Posse 69'); Tamudo. 4-1-4-1.
Sevilla: Notario; Njegus, Oscar, Pablo Alfaro, David; Casquero, Samways; Gallardo (Redondo 92'), Reyes, Tomás (Antoñito 70'); Toedtli (Moisés 85'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: Soldevilla, Ricardo Cavas, Roger for Lopo, Amaya, De la Peña / Sevilla: Samways, Reyes, Tomás, Toedtli for Francisco, Víctor Salas, Fredi, Moisés.

Goals: None.

Espanyol's poor form continued, but they did at least manage to pick up their first point of the season in a goal-less draw at home to Sevilla. After three defeats in a row Juande Ramos was at a loss as to what to do, and he tried out yet another formation with Morales playing in front of a back four which included Ricardo Cavas at left back, the 21st player to start a game this season. Joaquín Caparrós also made changes to the Sevilla side after their shaky beginning to the season, bringing back Reyes and giving Vinny Samways a first start since his move from Las Palmas in the summer.

Although the game ended without goals it was not short of scoring chances, and Argensó was in action right from the kick off. A few minutes later Tamudo beat the offside trap only to shoot over the bar, and Domoraud did likewise later in the half after Notario failed to clear a corner. The Sevilla keeper did well to save from a Maxi header after the break, and Tamudo missed another chance in the final minutes.

At the other end the visitors tested Argensó with well constructed moves, and the keeper proved his manager right to pick him ahead of Sergio when he stopped a shot from Gallardo. In the end though both sides settled for the draw, which means Espanyol stay next to bottom, level with Recre, Athletic and Osasuna on one point, and with only one goal to their account in four games. Sevilla are only a point above them though, and they receive the visit of their high flying neighbours Betis next week. Caparrós would love to stop them in their tracks.