First Division - Day 29

Mallorca 0 - Sevilla 1

Mallorca: Moya; Ramís, Iuliano, Ballesteros; David Cortés, Farinos, Felipe Melo (Jorge López 37'), De los Santos, Tuni; Arango (Romeo 44'); Luis García. 3-5-1-1.
Sevilla: Notario; Sergio Ramos, Javi Navarro (Pablo Alfaro 46'), Aitor Ocio, David; Jordi, Martí; Fernando Sales, Baptista, Adriano (Daniel Alves 60'); Makukula (Carlitos 75'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Iuliano, Tuni, Farinos for Poli, Campano, Romeo / Sevilla: Notario, Sergio Ramos, Aitor Ocio, Jordi, Fernando Sales, Makukula for Esteban, Daniel Alves, Pablo Alfaro, Renato, Jesús Navas, Antoñito.

0-1. 45. Baptista (penalty). After Baptista fell under challenge from Ramis.

Sevilla ended their run of five games without a win after beating Mallorca 0-1, and they ended the weekend in seventh place, level on points with Valencia and Espanyol, the two sides immediately above them. The game was overshadowed by a serious head injury to Arango in a clash with Javi Navarro shortly before half time, the Venezuelan midfielder rushed off to intensive care after going into spasms on the pitch.

Prior to the incident both sides had come close to scoring, Iuliano heading over and Luis García shooting wide for the locals, and Martí going close and Makukula bringing a good save out of Moyà at the other end. A minute later though referee Pino Zamorano (who had only shown a yellow card to Navarro) awarded a controversial penalty to the Andalusians after Baptista fell under a challenge from Ramis, and sent off De los Santos after giving him a second booking for protesting. Baptista stepped up to drive home the spot kick and give his side the lead.

Caparrós wisely substituted Javi Navarro at the break, but Mallorca were clearly affected by the injury to Arango and the penalty/sending off, and with a man less hardly approached the goal defended by Notario, surprisingly given a first start in the league this season. Jordi and Carlitos could both have added to Sevilla's lead, but when Baptista was sent off for a second caution late on they sat back to defend their advantage. The defeat leaves the Balearic Islanders seven points away from safety, and a disappointed crowd left the ground early. The latest news on Arango is that he is out of danger, and Mallorca are expected to ask the disciplinary committee to investigate the incident with a view to handing out a heavy ban to the perpetrator.