A wonderful double from Piatti in the Andalucian derby shocks hosts Sevilla.The Andalucian derby continued los Nervionenses' poor home form, as Almeria scraped to a 3-1 win in Sevilla. The hosts should have taken the lead but captain Frederic Kanoute failed to convert a penalty in the first-half.
Almeria failed to control the ball but looked dangerous on the attack and broke the deadlock early in the second period with a controversial goal from Fabian Vargas. The midfielder's header crossed the line in the view of the officials and their momentum didn't stop there. Keeper Andres Palop made two saves to keep Sevilla in the game but all looked in vain when Pablo Piatti blasted home a wonder strike.
Kanoute made of up for his earlier spot-kick miss by getting his side back in the game to make it 2-1 late on. However, a red card for Alexis all but put an end to their chances of snatching an equalizer. Piatti made sure in the last minute of the game turning home a third for the visitors.
Sevilla began brightly after some poor performances at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Within four minutes, a low cross along the edge of the visitors' box was controlled by Fernandez Jose Carlos. The attacker took one touch and looked to have curled a pin-point shot into the top corner of the net, only to watch it hit both bar and post before bouncing out.
The tide turned quickly, Didier Zokora tripping Albert Crusat as the Almeria man was about to pull the trigger. The Ivory Coast international saw a yellow card but Miguel Angel Corona could only strike the resulting free-kick into the wall.
Frederic Kanoute did his best to break the deadlock; the defense backed away as Alvaro Negredo dragged out two Almeria men but the captain didn't connect as well as he wanted to, allowing Diego Alves to make a routine save.
After 20 minutes Sevilla won a penalty thanks to a handball. Fabian Vargas was found guilty of holding his arms out to prevent Renato's cross coming over and the referee wasted no time in giving Sevilla the decision. However, penalty specialist keeper Deigo Alves mustered up more of his magic to deny Kanoute from the spot but it certainly wasn't a well struck penalty from the Malian forward.
Sevilla were just inches away from taking the lead they deserved in the 27th minute. Martin Caceres nudging his header just wide of the right post.
At the other end Almeria were far from out the game. The away side looked threatening when throwing the ball into the danger area as soon and as often as possible.
The visitors started to gain momentum leading into half-time, Andres Palop acrobatically turning round Pablo Piatti's near post drive.
Almeria caused controversy just three minutes into the second-half. A corner looped into Vargas who wrong footed Palop with his header and the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line. It was more than tight with a defender on the line smashing a desperate clearance on to the underside of the bar and out. From the replay it was still hard to tell if the ball was fully over, but it was 1-0 all the same.
Negredo showed silky skills to almost level the score just before an hour played. The striker skipped round Carlos Garcia, dragged the ball more central but couldn't quite beat the keeper from very close range. The Almeria defender straight away fell to the ground holding the side of his leg with a muscle problem.
Three minutes later Palop denied Almeria the chance to double their lead with another decent save. Piatti showed the hosts' defense his blistering turn of pace, breaking clean on goal but the Argentine's outside of the boot flick was blocked by the experienced shot-stopper.
Jose Luis Oltra's men wasted a second golden opportunity to open up some breathing space. Kalu Uche striking the ball of Alexis from no more than ten yards, as red and white shirts bombed into the box.
Frustration grew for the home team, Romaric slid a well timed pass into Kanoute on the right but the striker failed to find anyone in a white shirt in the middle with his pull back.
Almeria thought they had sealed the points with ten minutes left thanks to a stunning strike from Pablo Piatti. The little striker spun away from his marker on the right side of the area and smashed an unstoppable strike in off the bar from 20 yards.
Sevilla's reply to pull one back was immediate. Fantastic work down the right from substitute Lautaro Acosta allowed Kanoute to sneak into the six yard box and tuck a simple finish high into the net.
Los Nervionenses defender Alexis then saw a second yellow card for a high elbow and Almeria turned in their third goal of the evening from the resulting set-play. Piatti turning in a lovely backheel flick at the near post to connect with Crusat's low cross.
Sevilla's third consecutive home defeat allowed Almeria to climb their way further away from the bottom of the table.
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