First Division - Day 9

Sevilla 3 - Valencia 0

Sevilla: Palop; Daniel Alves, Fazio, Dragutinovic, Crespo; Jesús Navas, Poulsen, Keita, Adriano (Diego Capel 60'); Kanouté (Renato 79'), Luis Fabiano (Kone 89'). 4-4-2.
Valencia: Hildebrand; Caneira, Raúl Albiol, Marchena (Alexis 61'), Moretti; Joaquín, Albelda, Baraja, Angulo; Arizmendi (Vicente 46'), Zigic (Morientes 46'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Sevilla: Fazio, Crespo, Jesús Navas, Poulsen, Kanouté for Boulahrouz, De Mul, Renato, Duda, Kone / Valencia: Hildebrand, Caneira, Marchena, Angulo, Arizmendi, Zigic for Cañizares, Miguel, Iván Helguera, David Silva, Gavilán, Morientes.

1-0. 09. Kanouté. Beat Hildebrand after Albiol mis-kicked Luis Fabiano cross.
2-0. 73. Poulsen. Fired shot back past Hildebrand after corner not cleared.
3-0. 86. Luis Fabiano. Beat keeper after quick passing move with Renato.

Sevilla's new manager Manolo Jiménez got off to a good start with a 3-0 win over Valencia in the last game on Sunday, a result which signalled the end for his opposite number Quique Flores. The B team coach took over after Juande Ramos resigned to join Spurs mid-week, and he saw Kanouté open the scoring in the ninth minute after Raúl Albiol could only turn Luis Fabiano's cross into his path.

After that it was all Sevilla, with Navas and Poulsen going close, Hildebrand saving from Keita and Poulsen heading into the net only to see the strike ruled out for offside. Alexis headed wide a couple of minutes after the restart in Valencia's first real attack, but Kanouté and Diego Capel could both have added to the lead as the second half wore on.

With twenty minutes or so to go Sevilla did get the goal they were looking for, Poulsen firing an angled shot past Hildebrand after the defence failed to clear a corner. Luis Fabiano, Kanouté and Daniel Alvés all kept up the pressure, and four minutes from the end Luis Fabiano made it three after a quick passing move between Alvés and Renato. It was all too much for the Valencia board, who the following day decided to terminate Quique's contract and look for a new manager.