|First Division - Day 23|
Sevilla 2 - Villarreal 1
Daniel Alves, Aitor Ocio, Pablo Alfaro, David; Martí, Renato; Fernando
Sales (Jesús Navas 68', Redondo 82'), Baptista, Adriano; Antoñito
(Carlitos 65'). 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Sevilla: Aitor Ocio, Baptista for David Prieto, Makukula / Villarreal: Gonzalo Rodríguez, Battaglia for Peña, Héctor Font.
Sevilla and Villarreal lined up knowing that, after Valencia's defeat the day before, the winner of their match would end the weekend in third spot. And it was the home side who finally took the three points, their 2-1 victory ending their opponents' run of nine games without defeat. Renato had tested Reina before Baptista put the locals in front, heading a Fernando Sales cross past the keeper late in the first half. And he could have got a second had Reina not been at his best before the half time whistle.
The Andalusians kept up the pressure after the break, Reina and Gonzalo between them just keeping out an effort from Jesús Navas. And with ten minutes to go referee Iturralde González ruled that Aitor Ocio had been fouled by Battaglia in the area, Baptista converting the resulting penalty for his eighteenth goal in all competitions this season. It appeared to be all over, but Iturralde awarded another hotly disputed penalty at the other end five minutes later, this time Aitor Ocio the perpetrator on substitute Lucho Figueroa. Ocio had to leave the field after being shown a second yellow card, and Riquelme drove home the spot kick to set up a nervous last few minutes for the hosts.