April 28, 2013
Sevilla held by Valladolid
Sevilla look consigned to a mid-table finish after playing out a 1-1 draw at Valladolid.
Unai Emery`s men went into the game knowing a win could have left them with an outside, but fighting chance of making Europe next season.
But they left Jose Zorrilla with a point that leaves them off the pace - Alvaro Negredo`s second-half penalty giving them a share of the spoils after Javi Guerra`s opener.
It was not what they wanted but they ended up paying the price for simply not being able to get the better of an inspired Jaime Jiminez.
The well-travelled goalkeeper was equal to everything thrown at him in open play and it took a free hit from the 12-yard spot to beat him.
Sevilla needed to win but they did not show it early on. The opening half hour was torrid - Jesus Navas had the only effort of note with a wayward hit - before the same man almost lit up the game with an 18-year drive that Jiminez did well to stop.
Valladolid responded with a rising shot from Victor Perez, but Sevilla remained on the front foot as Federico Fazio worked Jiminez from range.
Their work was being done outside of the box though, and four minutes before the break they were caught cold as Guerra took in Patrick Ebert`s pass and finished smartly.
Ivan Rakitic nearly got Sevilla back into it with a header, but as is often the case, Negredo did the job of getting them moving.
He drew a brilliant close-range save out of Jiminez and then, after Marc Valiente`s 61st-minute handball, scored from the spot.
It was his 24th goal of the season and he looked sharp enough to get another, but he could only look on shortly after that, with Valladolid going close when Ebert cracked the bar from just inside the area.
Negredo then returned to the fore and worked Jiminez twice more, with Alberto Beuno going close at the other end.
Like Negredo, Navas then found Jiminez an almost immovable obstacle when he took aim, with the two then linking up for the former to have a header saved as the frustrations continued.
|Real Valladolid||Sevilla FC|
|1 Jaime Jiménez Merlo||1 Andrés Palop|
|4 Marc Valiente||2 Federico Fazio|
|6 Jesús Rueda||5 Cala|
|24 Mikel Balenziaga||3 Fernando Navarro|
|2 Antonio Rukavina||23 Coke Andújar|
|10 Óscar González||11 Ivan Rakitic|
|22 Victor Perez||17 Javi Hervás|
|18 Alvaro Rubio||12 Hedwiges Maduro|
|9 Javi Guerra||9 Álvaro Negredo|
|11 Daniel Larsson||19 José Antonio Reyes|
|20 Patrick Ebert||7 Jesús Navas|
|16 Lluis Sastre||Manu 14|
|8 Baraja||Diego Perotti 10|
|15 Alberto Bueno||Papa Babacar Diawara 20|
|25 Manucho||Julian Cuesta Diaz 25|
|17 Carlos Gonzalez Peña||Alberto 35|
|13 Daniel Hernandez||Cicinho 21|
|14 Omar Ramos||Israel 34|
|Alberto Bueno for Daniel Larsson (66)||Alberto for Cala (58)|
|Diego Perotti for Javi Hervás (64)|
|Israel for José Antonio Reyes (87)|
|Marc Valiente (61)||Cala (3)|
|Patrick Ebert (67)||Javi Hervás (55)|
|· Squads: Real Valladolid | Sevilla FC|