First Division - Day 38

Almería 2 - Sevilla 3

Almería: Esteban; Michel Macedo, Acasiete, Chico, Juanma Ortíz; Corona, Soriano (Nieto 74'), Borzani; Piatti (José Ortíz 74'), David Rodríguez, Crusat (Alex Quillo 74'). 4-3-3.
Sevilla: Palop; Stankevicius (Rodri 81'), Squillaci, Escudé, Luna; Jesús Navas, Zokora, Renato, Diego Capel (Perotti 70'); Kanouté, Negredo. 4-4-2.

0-1. 16. Kanouté. Steered header down off far post from Jesús Navas cross.
1-1. 44. Soriano. First time volley wide of Palop from Juanma Ortíz cross.
1-2. 53. Negredo. Turned Navas cross in close to goal with help from Chico.
2-2. 79. Juanma Ortíz. Cut in from left wing and curled shot in off far post.
2-3. 94. Rodri. Acrobatic overhead kick after Squillaci played back Navas centre.

Yellow cards: Soriano 03', Zokora 09', Crusat 12', Stankevicius 24', Juanma Ortíz 49', Squillaci 51', Rodri 95' / red cards: Negredo 65'.

Sevilla take the fourth Champions League place after a last gasp 2-3 win at Almería kept them ahead of Mallorca.

Although they had nothing to play for, Lillo's side were not prepared to give an inch against their regional rivals, and they went close a couple of times before Kanouté got on the end of a Jesús Navas cross to put the visitors ahead. Soriano equalised though on the stroke of half time with an impressive volley, and although Negredo bundled the ball in with help from Esteban and Chico to restore the lead soon after the restart, the striker blotted his copy-book when he was sent off for insulting a linesman a few minutes later.

With some ten minutes to go Juanma Ortíz levelled the scores again, and with Mallorca winning against Espanyol, it looked as if Sevilla were down and out. But with the game in the fourth minute of injury time young substitute Rodri scored an acrobatic winner to send the visiting fans wild. Sevilla can go in to Wednesday's cup final knowing that their first objective has been achieved.