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First Division - Day 27

Mallorca 2 - Sevilla 1

Mallorca: Dudu Aouate; Hutton, Nunes, Bigas, Kevin García; Tomás Pina, Tissone, Martí (Javi Márquez 74'); Alfaro (Hemed 78'), Víctor Casadesús, Giovani (Nsue 90'). 4-3-3.
Sevilla: Beto; Coke (Cicinho 80'), Fazio, Botía (Reyes 66'), Fernando Navarro; Medel, Kondogbia (Babá 50'); Jesús Navas, Rakitic, Alberto Moreno; Negredo. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 16. Alfaro. Turned ball back in to net after Beto pushed out Giovani free kick.
1-1. 61. Negredo. Controlled long Rakitic pass and steered shot wide of Aouate.
2-1. 66. Alfaro. From close to goal after Giovani headed corner against upright.

Yellow cards: Hutton 44', Martí 69', Giovani 71', Javi Márquez 75', 92', Moreno 76', Cicinho 88' / red cards: Javi Márquez 92'.

Sevilla lost ground on the teams above them in their push for a return to European competitions after they lost 2-1 at Mallorca in the last match of Saturday evening. The Balearic Islanders had not won at home since the 23rd September last year, but Alfaro gave them the lead against his old side when he turned a shot back in to the net after Beto could only push out Giovani's free kick. Gregorio Manzano's team could have added to the scoreline after that, Alfaro and Giovani bringing top class saves out of the visiting keeper either side of half time, and Martí rattled the crossbar after a corner came out to him early on in the second half. Negredo made it all square though after controlling a Rakitic through ball before steering a shot past Aouate, but just five minutes later Mallorca were back in front Alfaro scoring his second of the evening from close up after Giovani headed a corner against the upright. Unai Emery threw everything forward, and Babá in particular went close a couple of times, but the locals held of for a second win in a row which takes them to within a point of safety pending Sunday's games.