La Liga - Sevilla edge past Zaragoza
Sevilla beat Real Zaragoza 1-0 at the Estadio La Romareda to move into fifth place in La Liga, a point ahead of Malaga.
It was a pretty torrid affair, with the home side offering nothing going forward and Alvaro Negredo providing the only real spark for Sevilla before going off injured early in the second half.
It was the Spanish international who grabbed the only goal of the game after first winning, then converting, from the penalty spot midway through the opening period.
He isolated David Mateos in the area and drove towards the touchline. Mateos proceeded to dive in with a ludicrous attempt to win the ball, missing by miles and flooring Negredo, who dusted himself down to plant a perfect penalty in off the right hand post.
Negredo had a couple of previous half chances before that and he even created Zaragoza's best chance as he completely miss-hit a clearance into his own box, the ball being saved at the near post by Javi Varas.
The second half was if anything worse than the first. Sevilla were happy to soak up the pressure and Zaragoza were capable of nothing more than shots from distance that invariably went wide.
There was a flurry of action in the final minutes though. First Jesus Navas broke free down the right and squared for the substitute Jose Campana, who really should have scored, though Roberto did well to claw it around the post.
A minute later Zaragoza were reduced to 10 men as Juan Carlos was shown a straight red for a stupid half-hearted punch into the midriff of Coke with his team still chasing the goal.
That proved to be the end of any chance that Zaragoza had to claim the point and the defeat leaves them just a point off the foot of the table.