First Division - Day 34

Sevilla 2 - Deportivo La Coruña 0

Sevilla: Notario; Daniel Alvés, Sergio Ramos, David Prieto, David; Jordi (Renato 83'), Martí; Jesús Navas, Baptista, Adriano (Jesuli 75'); Darío Silva (Carlitos 61'). 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Munúa; Manuel Pablo, Coloccini, Andrade, Romero; Sergio, Mauro Silva (Duscher 18'); Munitis, Valerón, Capdevila (Víctor 46'); Luque (Xisco 83'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: Darío Silva for Makukula / Deportivo: Romero, Valerón for Víctor, Fran.

1-0. 13. Adriano. Picked up short pass from Baptista and shot wide of Munúa.
2-0. 19. Jesús Navas. Took Baptista pass and ran on to shoot across keeper.

Sevilla consolidated third spot with a comfortable 2-0 win over Deportivo, their first victory against the Galicians in 33 years. The match got off to a lively start, Darío Silva, Luque and Adriano all trying their luck at either end before Darío Silva and Baptista combined to set up Adriano for him to round Manuel Pablo and open the scoring.

Luque bent a free kick wide soon afterwards, but with just under twenty minutes gone Jesús Navas produced a sparkling run similar to the one from a week ago to fire a shot across Munúa for his side's second goal.

Depor suffered a blow when Mauro Silva limped off just before the goal, and without him the Andalusians continued to dominate, Baptista going close and Navas bringing a good save out of Munúa before the break.

Baptista put another shot wide after the restart and Sergio headed over the bar at the other end, but otherwise the pace dropped and Sevilla's makeshift defence held fast, Sergio Ramos playing in an unfamiliar central role but keeping tabs on an active Luque.

Navas could have scored a third at the end when he ghosted past a couple of defenders, but this time Munúa deflected his shot away. It didn't matter much though, and the hosts go into next week's derby against Betis on a role. With European spots at stake, that promises to be something special.