Valencia lose 2-0 to Sevilla

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Valencia lost 2-0 at home to Sevilla in the Spanish League on Thursday, missing out on a chance to go top of the Spanish Primera Liga standings.

Valencia lose 2-0 to Sevilla

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Valencia lost 2-0 at home to Sevilla in the Spanish League on Thursday, missing out on a chance to go top of the Spanish Primera Liga standings. The home side started well. David Villa Sanchez made a good shot in the opening minutes from just inside the area. However, the ball was safely gathered by Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop.Sevilla were pressing forward as well though and they were rewarded for their efforts 20 minutes into the match. Deadlock brokenLuis Fabiano broke the deadlock following confusion in front of the goal.Adriano Claro was allowed to edge his way into the penalty area before cutting the ball back into the danger area. His pass was deflected off Fabiano and Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares failed to react, making it 1-0 to Sevilla. Five minutes later the visitors could have been two-nil ahead. Once again it was Fabiano who was looking dangerous.This time, however, Canizares pulled off a good save and it remained 1-0 to Sevilla. Pressed for equalizerValencia pressed for an equalizer and David Albelda fired a left-footed shot over the crossbar just after the half hour mark. Five minutes later, Pablo Aimar went close with a header. But once again, the home side failed to find the back of the net and at the half-time break Valencia still trailed their visitors. Moments after the restart the situation went from bad to worse for Valencia when Sevilla went 2-0 ahead, thanks to an own goal from Roberto Ayala. The pass came from Daniel Da Silva, but instead of finding Fabiano, the ball deflected off Ayala's legs and into the goal. It was Valencia's first home defeat this season. The result means that Valencia now lie a lowly ninth in the standings with 15 points. However, that is only three points behind leaders Osasuna. Sevilla move up two places to eighth, also on 15 points, but with a superior goal difference. (AP)



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