First Division - Day 37

Albacete 1 - Sevilla 4

Albacete: Almunia; Pedro, Pablo, Unai, Fernando Navarro; Viaud (Peña 80'), David Sánchez; Redondo, Pacheco (Parri 51'), Munteanu (Delporte 46'); Aranda. 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Esteban; Redondo, Javi Navarro (Oscar 54'), Alfaro, Sergio Ramos; Jesús Navas (Magallanes 80'), Martí, Torrado, Casquero; Baptista; Darío Silva (Hornos 58'). 4-4-1-1.

Team changes: Albacete: Pedro, Unai for Oscar Montiel, Buades / Sevilla: Redondo, Jesús Navas, Torrado, Darío Silva for David, Daniel Alves, Antonio López, Carlos.

0-1. 38. Darío Silva. Picked up clearance on half way line and ran on to score.
0-2. 50. Baptista (penalty). After Pablo ruled to have fouled Javi Navarro.
0-3. 52. Casquero. From close up after Darío Silva squared ball across.
1-3. 68. Parri. Collected long Aranda pass and beat keeper on the turn.
1-4. 89. Hornos. Pulled down long pass and rounded keeper to score.

Sevilla put in their claim for the last UEFA spot with a 1-4 win at Albacete, and if Villarreal slip up next weekend the last place will be theirs. The fans at the Carlos Belmonte stadium were in a festive mood after their presence in the first division was confirmed for another year, and even when Darío Silva picked up a long clearance on the halfway line and ran on to open the scoring they didn't stop singing. Referee González Vázquez did his best to dampen their spirits after the restart, sending off Unai for a second bookable offence and then giving a dubious penalty to the visitors which Baptista converted, but still the party went on.

Two minutes after the penalty Sevilla scored again, Casquero finishing off after Darío Silva set him up. The home fans did have something to shout about when Parri picked up Aranda's pass and scored an individualist goal, but their side were left with nine men six minutes later when David Sánchez was shown the red card for a hard tackle on an opponent, visiting manager Caparrós following him down the tunnel after getting himself sent off for threatening to kill the offending player. Viaud took his leave of the fans to a standing ovation, the French midfielder going on to take up a refereeing career in his own country, and Hornos rounded things off with a fourth goal for the Andalucians. But the fans didn't care, and they kept on singing to the end.