First Division - Day 7

Almería 0 - Sevilla 1

Almería: Diego Alvés; Bruno, Chico, Pellerano, Mané; Soriano (Natalio 62'), Juanito; Juanma Ortíz (Kalu Uche 65'), Julio Alvarez, Corona (Solari 83'); Negredo. 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Palop; Konko, Escudé, David Prieto, Fernando Navarro; Maresca (Fazio 67'), Duscher; Jesús Navas, Romaric, Adriano (Armenteros 74'); Acosta (Fernando 88'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Almería: Soriano for Piatti / Sevilla: David Prieto, Duscher, Adriano, Acosta for Squillaci, Renato, Diego Capel, Kanouté.

0-1. 87. Adriano. Volleyed ball back in to net after Maresca corner not cleared.

Yellow cards: Navas 64', Natalio 73', Romaric 77', Fernando 93'.

Sevilla are up to second spot, ahead of Villarreal on goal difference, after beating local rivals Almería 0-1 in the last match of Sunday evening. With all four strikers injured Manolo Jiménez was forced to put out a makeshift side, Acosta drafted in at centre forward. And he could have got his name on the scoresheet early on had Diego Alves not been on his toes. After that though chances were few and far between, with Duscher firing a shot over the top and the locals not responding until Negredo tested Palop three minutes before the break.

Adriano drove another effort over the crossbar at the start of the second half, and five minutes later he opened the scoring, firing a first time volley past the keeper after the defence had headed out Maresca's corner. Almería finally woke up, Corona missing the target and Julio Alvarez curling a free kick just wide of the post. Jesús Navas should have scored a second goal though when both broke free with only the keeper to beat, the winger trying to cross to Acosta rather than try a shot himself. And substitute Armenteros also tried his luck with a late header which went just wide.

Sevilla had clocked up another three points though for their fifth win in a row, their best ever start to a season. And Palop has also set a new record, 495 minutes without letting in a goal. They will take some beating this year!