Sevilla: Beto; Coke, Fazio, Nico Pareja (Gameiro 58’), Alberto Moreno; Iborra (Cristóforo 86’), Carriço; Reyes (Cheryshev 58’), Rakitic, Vitolo; Bacca. 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Diego Alves; Barragán, Ricardo Costa, Mathieu, Bernat; Javi Fuego, Dani Parejo (Joao Pereira 81’); Feghouli, Vargas, Fede (Senderos 53’); Paco Alcácer (Keita 69’). 4-2-3-1.
Yellow cards: Coke 18’, Ricardo Costa 40’, 49’, Vitolo 57’, Senderos 61’, Dani Parejo 63’, Cheryshev 68’, 92’, Vargas 76’, Diego Alves 90’ / red cards: Ricardo Costa 49’, Cheryshev 92’.
Sevilla and Valencia remain level with each other in joint seventh spot after they drew 0-0 in the last match on Sunday evening. The Ches will be happier with the point however after playing almost half the game with ten men, Ricardo Costa getting himself sent off by Alvarez Izquierdo for a second yellow card early on in the second half. The referee let Costa off a penalty though, ruling that he handled the ball outside of the area, but he did give one to the locals after Bernat brought down Cheryshev in the area a few minutes later. Diego Alves saved Rakitic’s spot kick however, and appeals for penalties later on by Alberto Moreno, Fazio and Cheryshev were waved away, Cheryshev himself picking up a second booking in the final incident for what the referee considered to be a dive. Otherwise chances were few and far between, Bacca being closed down by a defender when free on goal before the break, Paco Alcácer shooting wide and Vitolo and Iborra also failing to find the target later on. A point apiece, and a positive head-to-head record for Valencia if it comes down to a tie at the end of the season.