Levante: Munúa; Cerra, Héctor
Rodás, Ballesteros, Juanfran; Xavi Torres, Pallardó (Sergio 58');
Valdo (Rafa Jordà 67'), Rubén Suárez, Juanlu (Nacho
González 75'); Xisco Muñoz. 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Palop; Konko, Escudé, Fazio, Dabo; Zokora, Cigarini (José Carlos 87'); Jesús Navas, Renato, Perotti (Diego Capel 83'); Negredo (Kanouté 76'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 10. Rubén Suárez (penalty). After Cigarini blocked free kick with arm in area.
1-1. 12. Konko. Following up after long shot from Jesús Navas came back off post.
1-2. 28. Negredo (penalty). After Cerra brought down Perotti on edge of area.
1-3. 62. Konko. Beat offside trap to collect Renato pass and shoot past Munúa.
1-4. 88. Renato. Header in to empty net after José Carlos crossed in from right.
Yellow cards: Cigarini 09', Cerra 26', Héctor 56', Fazio 60', Ballesteros 87'.
Sevilla bounced back from their defeats in the Spanish Super Cup and the Champions League qualifiers with a much needed 1-4 over Levante on the opening day of the season. Things looked grim for Antonio Alvarez's side when they went a goal down with only ten minutes on the clock, Rubén Suárez converting a penalty after Cigarini blocked a wide free kick with his hand. But only a minute later Munúa was forced to push Negredo's header round the post, and from the resulting corner the ball came back to Jesús Navas. The Spanish international winger drove in a low shot which came back off the post, and Konko reacted quicker than anyone to turn a shot back past the keeper.
A quarter of an hour later Sevilla were given a penalty of their own when referee Pérez Lasa ruled that Cerra's foul on Perotti was inside the area, and Negredo stepped up to put the Andalusians in front. And from then on it was plain sailing, Konko getting his second of the night after a quick passing move, and Renato heading the fourth after substitute José Carlos set him up with virtually his first touch of the ball. Munúa did well to keep out Kanouté after that, but the result was well beyond doubt, and Alvarez has some breathing space, for the time being at least.