First Division - Day 8

Sevilla 0 - Málaga 1

Sevilla: Palop; Crespo (Chevantón 65'), Squillaci, Escudé, Fernando Navarro; Maresca (Romaric 46'), Duscher; Jesús Navas, Renato (Armenteros 70'), Adriano; Luis Fabiano. 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Arnau; Jesús Gámez, Helder Rosario, Weligton, Calleja; Eliseu (Fernando 74'), Apoño, Miguel Ángel (Albert Luque 86'), Nacho; Adrián, Baha. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Sevilla: Crespo, Squillaci, Renato, Luis Fabiano for Konko, David Prieto, Romaric, Acosta / Málaga: Nacho for Duda.

0-1. 15. Adrián. Ran on to Nacho through ball and struck angled shot past Palop.

Yellow cards: Nacho 24', Navas 47', Chevantón 65', Duscher 73', Helder 90' / red cards: Adriano 66'.

Sevilla drop out of the Champions League spots after losing 0-1 to neighbours Málaga, their first defeat of the season. Adrián got the only goal on the quarter hour mark, picking up a pass from Nacho to beat Palop with an angled shot, the first the keeper has let in for nine games.

Manolo Jiménez had been having problems with injuries, particularly to his forwards, but Luis Fabiano was back, and almost equalised with a shot against the bar on the half hour mark. The coach brought on Romaric at the break to strengthen his attack, and within minutes he tested Arnau with a long shot.

Adrián almost got his second of the evening though with an attempted lob which Palop just reached, and the locals were left with ten men when Adriano was sent off for lashing out at Jesús Gámez.

Even so Navas and Luis Fabiano both went close, but once again Palop was called on to keep out Fernando as he and two of his colleagues got free in front of goal. A surprise defeat for the home side though, and Málaga move up to sixth after a record fourth win in a row.