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Sevilla eases into second

TEN-MAN Sevilla rallied for a 3-1 victory against Deportivo La Coruna to move into second place in the Spanish league on Saturday after Villarreal came back to draw with Valencia 3-3.

Renato's 78th-minute winner helped Sevilla improve to 35 points, one better than Valencia, which blew a two-goal advantage and several easy opportunities before Giuseppe Rossi's 84th-minute penalty salvaged a point for Villarreal.

Barcelona, which is riding a 16-game unbeaten run going into yesterday's late game at last-placed Osasuna, leads with 44 points. Two-time defending champion Real Madrid has 32 and was to play 19th-placed Mallorca yesterday.

Sevilla second-half substitute Kanoute set up Luis Fabiano to equalize with a volley in the 50th, then Brazilian striker Renato headed home Frederic Kanoute's cross. Diego Capel added Sevilla's third in injury time after running on to a Jesus Navas cross.

Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez praised Kanoute, whose entrance changed the face of the game when Deportivo held the momentum.

"Kanoute showed what we already all know, about the qualities he holds," said Jimenez, who inserted the Mali striker despite a muscle strain. "0053evilla showed its capability to react in difficult moments."

Rodolfo Bodipo curled in a low shot at the near post to give Deportivo a 34th-minute lead before Sevilla was reduced to 10 men in the 40th when Vincenzo Maresca was red-carded for an elbow to Bodipo.

Sevilla's victory will relieve some of the pressure on coach Manolo Jimenez.


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