Sevilla: Palop; Dabo, Alexis, Cáceres,
Fernando Navarro; José Carlos (Alfaro 66'), Zokora, Renato (Romaric
64'); Diego Capel; Kanouté, Negredo (Acosta 77'). 4-4-2.
Almería: Diego Alves; Juanma Ortíz (Lillo 64'), Carlos García, Acasiete, Jakobsen; Mbami, Vargas, Corona (Valeri 72'); Piatti, Kalu Uche (Ulloa 87'), Crusat. 4-3-3.
0-1. 48. Vargas. Header which just entered net after Uche header cleared off line.
0-2. 81. Piatti. Picked up ball outside of area and fired long shot in off crossbar.
1-2. 83. Kanouté. Got on end of Alfaro cross to turn ball in from close to goal.
1-3. 90. Piatti. Back-heel flick across keeper on near post from Crusat's low cross.
Yellow cards: Zokora 08', Vargas 20', Palop 30', Alexis 41', 89', Juanma Ortíz 62', Jakobsen 73' / red cards: Alexis 89'.
Sevilla have lost their way in recent weeks, and they stay down in tenth spot pending Sunday's games after a 1-3 defeat on Saturday against regional neighbours Almería, their third defeat in a row at home and their fifth overall. Manzano's side started well, José Carlos hitting the bar and Kanouté seeing his penalty kick saved by Diego Alves after Vargas had handled in the area. But Palop had to keep out Jakobsen and Piatti before the break, and three minutes after the restart the visitors went ahead, the referee ruling that Vargas's header had crossed the line before Renato cleared it away. Alves did well to keep out Negredo and José Carlos after that, but with ten minutes to go Piatti picked up a pass from Uche and turned past Cáceres to fire a long shot in off the crossbar. Kanouté pulled one back almost immediately, but Alexis got himself sent off for a second bookable offence, and with the game in injury time Piatti turned Crusat's cross past Palop with his heel to give José Luis Oltra's side a much needed win.