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Kanoute to the rescue as Sevilla tops Villarreal

FREDERIC Kanoute struck within four minutes of coming off the bench to snatch a 3-2 comeback victory for Sevilla at home to Villarreal on Sunday and maintain its hold on third place in La Liga.

Sevilla was under pressure after Valencia beat promoted Real Zaragoza 3-1 earlier to climb above the Andalusians but Mali striker Kanoute rose unmarked to nod in Adriano Correia's cross for a 66th-minute winner.

Valencia striker David Villa netted his eighth of the season against Zaragoza to move clear in the scoring charts ahead of Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic on seven.

Champion Barcelona tops the standings with 26 points from 10 matches, with Real Madrid on 25 and Sevilla on 22. Valencia is a point behind Sevilla in fourth while Villarreal is down in 16th place with just nine.

Real went 3-0 up at struggling city rival Atletico and just managed to hold on for a 3-2 victory despite having Sergio Ramos sent off midway through the second half.

Brazil striker Luis Fabiano gave Sevilla the lead at the Sanchez Pizjuan with the first of his two goals after eight minutes before Robert Pires combined with Bruno Soriano to equalize for Villarreal just before the half hour. The 36-year-old French midfielder ran on to Bruno's chipped return ball and volleyed superbly past Andres Palop.

David Fuster rifled home to give Villarreal the lead just before the hour mark but it was cancelled out by Fabiano two minutes later when he headed his second. Kanoute came on for Alvaro Negredo after 62 minutes to give Sevilla the points.

In Valencia, Villa's Spain teammates Juan Mata and David Silva combined to put the home side ahead after 17 minutes at the Mestalla when Silva's pass sent Mata clear and he finished coolly past Javier Lopez Vallejo.

Villa doubled the lead five minutes before the break.


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