First Division - Day 30

Valencia 2 - Sevilla 0

Valencia: Cañizares; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, Ayala, Moretti; Joaquín (Jorge López 81'), Marchena, Hugo Viana (Pallardó 83'), David Silva (Angulo 73'); David Villa, Morientes. 4-4-2.
Sevilla: Cobeño; Hinkel, Javi Navarro, Dragutinovic, David (Aitor Ocio 73'); Renato, Maresca; Daniel Alves, Jesús Navas (Martí 73'), Adriano (Antonio Puerta 57'); Luis Fabiano. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valencia: Cañizares, Miguel, Ayala, Joaquín, David Villa, Morientes for Butelle, Curro Torres, Del Horno, Pallardó, Jorge López, Angulo / Sevilla: Hinkel, Javi Navarro, David, Adriano for Aitor Ocio, Escudé, Antonio Puerta, Chevantón.

1-0. 26. David Villa. Ran on to Marchena pass to chip shot past Cobeño.
2-0. 49. David Villa (penalty). After Villa brought down by Hinkel from behind.

Valencia bounced back after their elimination from the Champions League, beating title rivals Sevilla 2-0 to move back into the top four, just two points behind the Andalusians. David Villa opened the scoring midway through the first half after Marchena set him up, and Cañizares saved a penalty from Maresca after Miguel fouled Jesús Navas a few minutes later. Ayala headed into Cobeño's hands soon afterwards, and Adriano had a shot blocked before the half time whistle.

Villa converted a second penalty four minutes in to the second half after Hinkel was sent off for bringing him down though, and that was the turning point of the match. Valencia could have increased their lead after that, Villa missing out on his hat-trick when he headed an easy chance wide, and Joaquín lobbing a shot over the bar. But it was not necessary against a Sevilla side who have not scored away from home now in five league matches, and with his other strike partners either injured or rested, Luis Fabiano cut a lonely figure up front.