La Liga: Sevilla deny Depor, Huelva humble Real

December 20, 2006

MADRID, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Sevilla finished the year on a high, a 4-0 win over Deportivo Coruna on Wednesday ensuring they remain top of the Primera Liga over the Christmas break.

Striker Frederic Kanoute scored two goals to take his tally for the season to 14, Luis Fabiano weighed in with a fine header and fellow Brazilian Daniel Alves struck a superb free kick to spark wild celebrations at the Sanchez Pizjuan.

Real Madrid slipped to an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat by Recreativo Huelva in a match overshadowed by the death of three visiting fans and the driver after a supporters' coach crashed on the way to the game.

Former Liverpool striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle hit the first goal 10 minutes before halftime after spinning past World and European Player of the Year Fabio Cannavaro.

Nigerian striker Ikechukwu Uche added to Cannavaro's misery when he shimmied past the Italian before firing in the second goal seven minutes after the break.

Midfielder Emilio Viqueira completed the rout with a stunning free kick in the final minute.

Sevilla's win put the UEFA Cup holders four points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table although the champions, who host Atletico Madrid on Thursday, have two games in hand.

Real's defeat, their second at the Bernabeu this season, left them five points off the pace in third.