Manzano sees his Sevilla side go down to dramatic late defeat at hands of former club…
Sevilla paid the price for a sluggish first-half display during which Los Bermellones excelled. The visitors started brightly and confidently, working the ball neatly down the left and creating some promising openings with De Guzman and Pereira both lively from the go.
Sevilla looked failed to heed the early warnings and they fell behind ten minutes before half time. Diego Castro picked up possession inside the Sevilla half before running at the and playing a neat ball in behind the defence. Pereira did the rest, running onto the ball and lashing the ball past Palop to give his side a deserved victory.
Los Nervionenses came back strongly just before half-time, with Alvaro Negredo at the heart of a few good moves, first testing Aouate from twenty yards, and then a few moments later crossing for Perotti who was just unable to apply the finish.
Manzanao brought on Brazilian forward Luis Fabiano at half-time and the move seemed to inject some more urgency into the home side who started the second half with more purpose than they had the first.
Sevilla began to apply more pressure and the home aficionados were frustrated by a sequence of refereeing decisions. First, Luis Fabiano looked to have equalised but the strike was disallowed thanks to a marginal off-side decision.
Five minutes later Ruben sent Negrado tumbling inside the box only for the referee to play on, the striker wasn’t in control of the ball, but it was a decent shout for a penalty.
With time running out Sevilla had another penalty shout turned down with five minutes left when Romaric was pushed inside the box, and in the same attack Fabiano headed over.
As the home fans were beginning to lose hope an equalizer arrived in timely fashion, with just minutes left on the clock. Romaric guided Kanoute’s pass into the path of Luis Fabiano and the half-time substitute expertly guided the ball into the bottom corner.
With two minutes of normal time the game was there for the taking but if Manzano thought that his half-time substitute had saved his blushes against his former club then this idea was quickly dispelled. De Guzman delivered a free-kick from the left and Webó met the ball with a superb header to beat Palop and give Mallorca a valuable victory.