Sevilla stay third after beating Deportivo

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:51 IST

Sevilla moved closer to Champions League qualification with a 2-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Sunday.

Sevilla stay third after beating Deportivo
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Seville:

Sevilla moved closer to Champions League qualification with a 2-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium on Sunday to remain in third position in La Liga standings. Adriano Correia and Jesus Navas scored superb goals, which virtually end Deportivo's hopes of European football next season. Sevilla are the real surprise packets in the 2004/05 La Liga season and seem destined to play Champions League football next season. Fans packed into the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium to see if their team could claim their 18th league win of the season. Deportivo La Coruna still held out hope of qualifying for the UEFA Cup next season and the visitors were the first to threaten as Albert Luque beat two defenders, but not Notario in the Sevilla goal. It stung the home team into action and on 13 minutes they produced a wonderful goal. Clever work from strikers Dario Silva and Julio Cesar Baptista provided space for Adriano Correia. The midfielder finished off beautifully to send the home fans into ecstasy. It got better for Sevilla moments later as they added a second goal inside 20 minutes. Jesus Navas showed trickery and pace down the right, before firing a powerful shot across the face of Deportivo goalkeeper Munua and into the bottom corner. There are reports the 19-year-old could be following former Sevilla star Jose Antonio Reyes to English Premier League club Arsenal and he could easily have made it 3-0 soon after, when a dazzling run left defenders lying in his wake. The club's top scorer Julio Cesar Baptista was desperate to add to his 17 league goals, but a left foot shot went agonizingly wide early in the second half. But the night's undoubted star was Navas and more clubs than just Arsenal will have an eye on the midfielder, who could easily have scored a hat-trick to go with his brilliant solo goal in last week's win against Athletic Bilbao. Sevilla's two goals were more than enough to keep them in third placer in the table, with only Barcelona and Real Madrid ahead of them. (AP)

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