First Division - Day 22

Recreativo Huelva 1 - Sevilla 2

Recreativo: Sorrentino; Edu Moya (Beto 46'), Iago Bouzón, Martín Cáceres, Poli; Barber (Carlos Martins 61'), Jesús Vázquez; Camuñas, Javi Guerrero, Aitor; Sinama-Pongolle (Ersen Martin 72'). 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Palop; Daniel Alves, Escudé, Mosquera, Dragutinovic; Poulsen, Maresca (Duda 85'); De Mul (Fazio 46'), Renato, Diego Capel (Casada 89'); Luis Fabiano. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Recreativo: Barber for Carlos Martins / Sevilla: Palop, Maresca, De Mul for De Sanctis, Jesús Navas, Kerzhakov.

0-1. 45. Luis Fabiano. Picked up Alves pass, beat Cáceres and lobbed keeper.
0-2. 83. Luis Fabiano. Steered header past Sorrentino from Alves free kick.
1-2. 88. Beto. Dived forward to head Carlos Martins free kick past Palop.

With most of the sides above them faltering, Sevilla closed up on the European spots with a 1-2 win at neighbours Recreativo, who themselves drop further down into the relegation spots. Top scorer Luis Fabiano was the man to do the damage with two goals, the first an individualist effort on the stroke of half time after Daniel Alves set him up, and the second with a header from an Alves corner.

Although the visitors looked the better side early on, they were put at a disadvantage when Mosquera was sent off for a second bookable offence five minutes before half time. Sinama-Pongolle went close a couple of times, even breaking the side netting with one shot, but after Luis Fabiano's goal Renato could have increased the lead with a header against the post.

Víctor Muñoz brought on Ersen Martin for his long awaited debut, but after he and Javi Guerrero both went close, the Turkish striker blotted his copy book after getting sent off for a late tackle on Poulsen. Then came Luis Fabiano's second, and although Beto headed one back from a Martins free kick it was too late to change the result. The defeat cost the head of Muñoz, who was fired by Recre after the match.