First Division - Day 7

Sevilla 2 - Gimnastic Tarragona 1

Sevilla: Palop; Daniel Alves, Javi Navarro, Aitor Ocio, Dragutinovic; Jesús Navas (Jesuli 77'), Poulsen (Martí 71'), Maresca, Adriano; Kanouté, Luis Fabiano (Renato 49'). 4-4-2.
Nàstic: Bizzarri; Cuéllar, Llera, Cáceres, David García; Buades, Carlos Merino (Serrano 62'); Campano (Morales 62'), Pinilla (Ismael 55'), Gil; Portillo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: Aitor Ocio, Dragutinovic, Maresca for Escudé, Antonio Puerta, Renato / Nàstic: Campano, Llera, Carlos Merino, Pinilla for Ruz, Matellán, Juan, Ismael.

1-0. 22. Kanouté. Got on end of Jesús Navas cross to beat Bizzarri.
2-0. 27. Kanouté. Turned in Jesús Navas cross from close to goal.
2-1. 67. Cuéllar. Took advantage of defensive mistake to beat Palop.

Sevilla stay in third spot after beating Gimnàstic Tarragona 2-1, although they nearly got caught in the end as the visitors put in a final rush. Nàstic mastered the wet conditions better than their opponents early on, with Portillo in particular causing problems for the local defence. But midway through the first half Jesús Navas found Kanouté with a long cross for the striker to volley a spectacular shot past Bizzarri, and just five minutes later the two combined for Kanouté to get his second of the night from close to goal.

The Andalusians could have gone further ahead when they were awarded a penalty early in the second half after Renato was fouled, but Bizzarri managed to save Maresca's kick. And a few minutes later David Cuéllar took advantage of a mistake by the local defence to get one back for Luis César's side. Nàstic grew in confidence, and a last minute effort from Ismael Irurzun bounced down off the crossbar on to the line, referee Turienzo Alvarez waving away claims that the ball had gone in. Sevilla had the three points, and their opponents ended the weekend further down in the relegation spots.