|First Division - Day 16|
Sevilla 3 - Mallorca 0
Redondo, Oscar, Pablo Alfaro, David; Torrado, Casquero (Samways 72'); Gallardo,
Reyes, Fredi (Víctor Salas 69'); Toedtli (Moisés 87'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Sevilla: Oscar, Gallardo, Fredi, Toedtli for Javi Navarro, Marcos Vales, Arteaga, Antoñito / Mallorca: Angel, Robles for Novo, Eto'o.
Sevilla bounced back from their midweek defeat in Madrid to beat Mallorca 3-0 and move away from the danger zone. The game was played in Cádiz due to the four match closure of the Sánchez Pijjuan stadium, and took place on Sunday lunchtime in order to give players and supporters time to get home for the "Reyes" public holiday the following day. The "three kings" festival is the traditional time for giving presents in Spain, and with perfect timing it was Sevilla's Reyes who gave the 10,000 fans their first gift, running the ball out of defence and then heading home a return cross from Fredi to open the scoring in the twelfth minute.
Mallorca were missing the suspended Novo and Eto'o (the former out for two matches and the latter for four), and with Cortés still injured Manzano had to give a start to his new signing from Oviedo, Angel. The side were very different though from the team which went nine games without defeat earlier in the season, and it was no surprise when Sevilla scored again, Casquero finding Gallardo with a long pass for him to cross in to the on-form Toedtli.
Pandiani had shots turned away for corners either side of half time, and Notario also made a good stop from half time substitute Turu Flores. But Reyes was proving a nightmare for the visitors, and only some excellent work by Leo Franco kept him off the scoresheet again. Manzano brought on a third forward Carlos near the end, and almost immediately Alfaro had to clear his shot off the line with the keeper beaten. But then Sevilla broke away, and Toedtli got ahead of Lussenhoff to turn Redondo's cross past Franco for a third goal, giving his side their third victory in four games. Mallorca have now lost four in a row, and although they stay in seventh spot, they could soon find themselves back amongst the masses.