First Division - Day 18

Sevilla 2 - Albacete 0

Sevilla: Esteban; Daniel Alves, Oscar, Javi Navarro, David; Podestá (Antoñito 46'), Martí; Redondo, Baptista, Reyes (Antonio López 91'); Darío Silva (Hornos 88'). 4-2-3-1.
Albacete: Almunia; Oscar Montiel, Pablo, Buades, Peña; Redondo, Viaud, Álvaro Rubio (Unai 46'), David Sánchez (Pablo García 81'); Pacheco (Mikel 73'), Aranda. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Sevilla: Daniel Alves, Javi Navarro, Reyes for Alfaro, Gallardo, Antonio López / Albacete: Redondo, David Sánchez for Iván Díaz, Delporte.

1-0. 39. Baptista. Header Reyes long cross down past keeper from edge of area.
2-0. 94. Antoñito. Shot into empty net after defence failed to cut out Martí's cross.

Sevilla recorded their first win after two defeats in a row, beating Albacete 2-0. They were held though by a well disciplined defence until ten minutes before half time, when referee Téllez Sánchez sent off visiting defender Buades after an off-the-ball incident with Darío Silva, who fell to the ground after a clash between the two players. Only three minutes later the Andalucians took the lead, Baptista directing a powerful header down past Almunia from a long cross from Reyes.

It was double whammy for the visitors, and Sevilla did their best to take advantage of their numerical superiority to increase the lead in the second half. Almunia saved well though from Martí and half time substitute Antoñito wasted another chance, and for a while it looked as if the visitors could draw level. But Téllez left them with nine men after Aranda was shown a second yellow card for diving in the area, and with the game coming to an end Antoñito connected with Martí's cross to make it two.