First Division - Day 12

Sevilla 0 - Valencia 0

Sevilla: Palop; Mosquera, Squillaci, David Prieto, Fernando Navarro; Jesús Navas, Duscher (Maresca 46'), Romaric (Renato 83'), Adriano (Diego Capel 73'); Kanouté, Luis Fabiano. 4-4-2.
Valencia: Renan; Miguel, Raúl Albiol, Alexis, Moretti (Maduro 77'); Marchena; Joaquín (Pablo Hernández 88'), Baraja, Manuel Fernandes (Edu 74'), Mata; David Villa. 4-1-4-1.

Team changes: Sevilla: Duscher, Adriano for Maresca, Fazio / Valencia: Alexis, Baraja for Albelda, Vicente.

Goals: None.

Yellow cards: Jesús Navas 04', Marchena 54', Luis Fabiano 58', Manuel Fernandes 65', Baraja 77'.

The league of the big clubs started this weekend, with the top five all due to play each other over the next seven weeks. Sevilla and Valencia kicked things off on Saturday night, and there was nothing to choose between them as the game ended without goals.

The first chances fell to the locals, Duscher bringing a save out of Renan and then firing a dipping shot over the bar. Mata replied with a good run which ended with a shot just wide of the post, but Luis Fabiano curled a free kick over the bar, and Renan did well to keep out a Kanouté overhead kick and another effort from Luis Fabiano which took a tricky deflection off Albiol.

Luis Fabiano and Adriano both failed to find the target after the restart, but Villa thought he should have had a penalty at the other end when Squillaci barged him over. As time wore on the action became more frenetic, Navas having a shot blocked and Maresca shooting wide in one prolonged attack, and Villa firing an effort in to the side netting late on. In the end though honours were shared, and both sides stay level on points in fifth and fourth spots respectively.