First Division - Day 36

Sevilla 3 - Zaragoza 1

Sevilla: Palop; Daniel Alves, Escudé, Javi Navarro, Dragutinovic; Jesús Navas (Duda 77'), Poulsen, Renato, Adriano (Antonio Puerta 62'); Luis Fabiano (Kerzhakov 69'), Kanouté. 4-4-2.
Zaragoza: César; Diogo, Sergio, Gabriel Milito, Juanfran (Piqué 62'); D'Alessandro, Zapater, Movilla (Celades 62'), Aimar; Sergio García (Ewerthon 74'), Diego Milito. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Sevilla: Poulsen, Luis Fabiano for Maresca, Chevantón / Zaragoza: Diogo, Movilla for Chus Herrero, Oscar González.

1-0. 30. Luis Fabiano. Turned past Sergio and beat César at second attempt.
1-1. 74. Daniel Alves (own goal). Headed D'Alessandro's corner into own net.
2-1. 82. Kerzhakov. Ran on to Duda's pass and fired shot under César.
3-1. 93. Kanouté. First time volley past César from Kerzhakov's cross.

Sevilla are still in the running for the league title after a late 3-1 victory over Zaragoza. With their opponents lying fifth in the table and still having an outside chance of a place in the Champions League, this was never going to be an easy match for Juande Ramos's side. And there were chances at both ends before Luis Fabiano put the Andalusians ahead on the half hour mark, the Brazilian forward easily turning Sergio and seeing a first shot blocked by César before driving home the rebound. The striker missed the target a few minutes later after Adriano set him up, but Sergio García put Palop to the test with a low shot before the half time whistle.

Kanouté should have increased the lead when he fired a penalty kick over the bar early in the second half after Luis Fabiano was tripped by Movilla. And the locals could have had a second penalty when Juanfran barged in to Kanouté and then Jesús Navas without any reaction from referee Mejuto González.

The visitors equalised though when Daniel Alves could only head D'Alessandro's inswinging corner into his own net on the near post, and for a few minutes Sevilla were out of the running. Diego Milito shot just wide and Ewerthon fired a shot through the legs of Javi Navarro which bounced up on to the crossbar. But with eight minutes to go Kerzhakov put Sevilla back in front after running on to Duda's pass to shoot low past César.

Soon afterwards the visitors were left with ten men when Diogo was shown a second yellow card, and Kanouté made up for his penalty miss with a third goal in injury time, a spectacular first time volley after Kerzhakov crossed in from the right wing. That was the end of Zaragoza's challenge, and with Atlético and Villarreal both winning their place in the UEFA cup spots is now at risk. Sevilla though are now sure of a Champions League spots for next season, and they ended the weekend just two points off the top two.