Sevilla beats Villarreal to stay third in Spain

Updated: Nov 09, 2009, 12:33 PM IST

Madrid: Frederic Kanoute came off the bench to score a 66th-minute winner as Sevilla rallied from a goal down
to beat Villarreal 3-2 and stay third in the Spanish league.

The Mali striker darted into the area to head home
Adriano`s cross five minutes after Brazil striker Luis Fabiano
had notched his second of the last night, also scored from an
Adriano cross.

Sevilla moved on to 22 points, a point clear of Valencia,
which had earlier beaten Zaragoza 3-1 thanks to first-half
goals by Juanma Mata, David Villa and Pablo Hernandez.

Barcelona leads with 26 points while Real Madrid has 25.
Also yesterday, Sporting Gijon and Athletic Bilbao both
continued their strong starts with victories that left them
with 16 points.

Fabiano opened scoring for Sevilla in the ninth minute at
Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, controlling Sergio Sanchez`s
low cross before rolling the ball under keeper Diego Lopez.

Robert Pires continued his impressive season by volleying
past Andres Palop to equalize just before the half hour mark.
Pires then helped put Villarreal ahead in the 59th minute. The
Frenchman`s cross was kicked clear by Palop, only for the ball
to land at the feet of David Fuster, who fired home.

Fabiano equalised two minutes later by sending his header
over the outstretched Lopez, who was also helpless when
Kanoute met a quickly taken corner for the winner.

Villarreal`s frustrating season continued as it dropped
to 16th with nine points.

Bureau Report