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First Division - Day 22

Sevilla 2 - Rayo Vallecano 1

Sevilla: Beto; Cicinho (Coke 43'), Fazio, Spahic, Fernando Navarro; Medel, Kondogbia (Maduro 73'); Jesús Navas, Rakitic, Reyes (Manu del Moral 69'); Negredo. 4-2-3-1.
Rayo: Rubén; Tito, Gálvez, Jordi Amat, Casado; Javi Fuego, Trashorras (Adrián González 87'); Lass, Chori Domínguez, José Carlos (Franco Vázquez 77'); Delibasic (Leo Baptistao 60'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 45. Rakitic. Struck long shot back over Rubén from keeper`s clearance.
1-1. 51. Chori Domínguez (penalty). After Navarro pulled back Chori in area.
2-1. 54. Negredo. Turned back-heel flick across Rubén from Coke's cross.

Yellow cards: Navarro 50', Gálvez 57', Tito 69', Fazio 75', Spahic 80', Lass 82', Rakitic 88', 91' / red cards: Rakitic 91'.

Sevilla beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 on Sunday evening to move back to within five points of the European spots. It took them some time to get going however, and new keeper Beto had to be at his best to keep out Javi Fuego and Trashorras early on. Negredo though went close with a couple of lobs, and with the first half coming to a close Rubén came out of his area to clear, only for his kick to deflect off his own defender in the path of Rakitic, who lobbed a long shot over his head back in to the net. Some five minutes in to the second half the visitors were awarded a penalty when Fernando Navarro pulled down Chori Domínguez in the area, the Argentinian forward converting the resulting spot kick himself to level the scores. But just three minutes later Sevilla were back in front thanks to two of Rayo's ex players, Coke crossing in for Negredo to drag the ball past Rubén with his heel. Rakitic could have added a third had Rubén not been on his toes, but the Croatian midfielder got himself sent off right at the end when he was shown a second yellow card for diving in the penalty area.