First Division - Day 33

Sevilla 5 - Racing Santander 2

Sevilla: Esteban; Daniel Alves, Javi Navarro, Alfaro, David; Casquero, Martí; Redondo (Marcos Navas 70'), Baptista (Magallanes 81'), Antonio López; Antoñito (Darío Silva 63'). 4-4-2.
Racing: Ricardo; Cristian Alvarez (Afek 55'), Pablo Casar, Neru, Ayoze; Diego Mateo (Jonathan 46'), Nafti (Matabuena 74'); Morán, Javi Guerrero, Regueiro; Bodipo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: Daniel Alves, Javi Navarro for Aitor Ocio, Gallardo / Racing: Ayoze for Juanma.

1-0. 04. Baptista. Header in off post from close up from Antonio López cross.
2-0. 07. Baptista. Got on end of Redondo cross to head wide of keeper.
3-0. 47. Baptista. Ran on to Antonio López through ball to steer shot past Ricardo.
4-0. 59. Baptista (penalty). After Baptista himself pushed over by Neru.
4-1. 71. Javi Guerrero (penalty). After Daniel Alves fouled Regueiro in area.
4-2. 85. Matabuena. Headed home Jonathan's corner from right of goal.
5-2. 91. Magallanes. Shot from outside area into top corner of net.

Sevilla moved to within three points of the UEFA spots after a thrilling 5-2 win over a poor Racing Santander. There was only one name on everybody's lips though as the fans made their way home, Julio César "the beast" Baptista, the Brazilian star becoming the first player this season to score four goals in a match, and he did it with only an hour on the clock.

The first came with only four minutes gone, Baptista getting on the end of Antonio López's cross to steer a header in off the near post, and three minutes later he repeated the act, this time the cross coming from the right and the header angled down across Ricardo.

Racing manager Lucas Alcaraz was serving out a one match suspension in the stands, but he gave instructions to bring on an extra forward Jonathan at the break. But that only left spaces at the back, and Baptista took advantage to pick up another service from Antonio López and shoot low past the keeper. And before the hour mark he made it four from the penalty spot after Neru pushed him from behind.

The visitors did eventually get a couple of goals back, Javi Guerrero converting a penalty after Alves fouled Regueiro, and Matabuena heading past Esteban from a corner. By then Baptista had gone off to rapturous applause, but his replacement Magallanes took over centre stage on his home debut, picking up a short pass from Darío Silva to fire a spectacular shot past Ricardo into the roof of the net. Racing were beaten, and with five games now since a win they are getting dangerously close to the relegation zone.