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First Division - Day 25

Valencia 1 - Sevilla 2

Valencia: Guaita; Bruno (Barragán 70'), Rami, Víctor Ruíz, Mathieu (Pablo Hernández 75'); Albelda, Tino Costa; Feghouli, Jonas (Aduríz 60'), Jordi Alba; Soldado. 4-2-3-1.
Sevilla: Palop; Coke, Spahic, Escudé, Fernando Navarro; Jesús Navas, Medel, Rakitic (Trochowski 87'), Reyes (Manu del Moral 58'); Kanouté, Negredo (Babá 72'). 4-4-2.

1-0. 25. Tino Costa. Fired low shot wide of Palop after Jordi Alba laid ball back.
1-1. 36. Medel. Steered header down past Guaita after Navas crossed ball over.
1-2. 69. Jesús Navas. Turned shot in to empty net after Kanouté slid ball across.

Yellow cards: Albelda 05', Bruno 62', Aduríz 74', Navarro 81', Medel 89'.

Valencia are now fourteen points adrift of the top two after the Ches lost 1-2 to Sevilla on Sunday. Unai Emery's side started well, Soldado turning Feghouli's cross just over the bar before Tino Costa opened the scoring with a shot from outside of the area which took a slight deflection off a defender. But later in the first half Medel lunged forward to head a Jesús Navas cross wide of Guaita, and with the first half coming to a close Kanouté saw his shot blocked by Mathieu with the keeper beaten. Both sides had chances after the break, Jonas unable to turn a shot at goal from wide out and Guaita saving from Reyes, but with twenty minutes to go Kanouté got ahead of the local keeper to slide a pass over for Navas to score Sevilla's second. After a gruelling programme recently of midweek Spanish and Europa cup games, Valencia had no gas left in the tank, and they end the weekend only five points ahead of fourth placed Levante. Sevilla continue their revival under new coach Michel, and although they are still only tenth, only three points separate them from the Champions League spots.