Sevilla 1-2 Racing Santander: Racing Pile The Pressure On Jimenez

Los Verdiblancos stunned the home fans by picking up all three points in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan against an injury-ravaged Sevilla.

Sevilla suffered a damaging home defeat to Racing Santander, who went ahead through a brace from talented youngster Sergio Canales. Romaric pulled one back for the hosts, but it was not enough to save them from defeat.

Los Nervionenses were suffering from an injury crisis, while Frederic Kanoute was away at the African Cup of Nations and Sebastian Squilacci served a suspension.

The hosts kicked off the game in chilly conditions and looked to put Racing under pressure from the off. Los Racinguistas were defending stoutly in the early stages, sitting deep and looking for an opportunity to hit los Nervionenses on the counter attack.

Diego Capel put in a great cross from the right hand side in the 8th minute that nearly found Diego Perotti at the far post, but it was just too far in front of the in-form Argentine. Moments later, Alvaro Negredo pounced on a mistake by Henrique but saw his shot saved.

In the 18th minute Pedro Munitis showed superb skill on the ball but Xisco couldn't get the ball out of his feet, and young prodigy Sergio Canales eventually hit a wayward shot that didn't come close to testing Andres Palop.

Canales is being followed by some of the world's top clubs, and the 18-year-old demonstrated exactly why in the 26th minute. Set through on goal, Canales showed incredible nerve to chip Palop who could only stand and stare.

Sevilla were looking to hit back immediately, but Racing were looking dangerous and Palop was forced into another save from Mehdi Lacen's shot from the edge of the box.

Fabio Coltorti was then called into action when Perotti played Negredo in, but as the former Real Madrid man twisted and turned, the angle narrowed and Coltorti was able to turn the shot behind. Minuets later, Marc Torrejon booted the ball behind from Renato's knockdown as Negredo lurked just behind him, and Racing eventually cleared the danger.

Just as Sevilla were looking dangerous, los Verdiblancos hit them on the counter attack. Pedro Munitis was involved in the build up once again, and Xisco played in Canales who rounded the keeper before hammering the ball home.

The stadium was silent but for the noise coming from the travelling fans, and there was now little to excite the Rojiblancos faithful on the pitch. The visitors could even have made it 3-0 before half time but the ball across goal was just ahead of Xisco.

By then the white handkerchiefs were out at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, and the crowd's displeasure was only worsened by more and more errors being made by the hosts. Half time was greeted by some deafening whistles, and Manolo Jimenez had his work cut out at the break.

The coach looked to change his side's fortunes by bringing on Arouna Kone for Lolo, and was then forced to bring off Perotti due to a slight injury. Reserve striker Enrique Carreno was brought on in the Argentine's place.

Los Rojiblancos were probing for a way through but Pablo Pinillos was putting his body on the line for his side as he threw himself at shots and crosses to prevent them from reaching their targets. Coltorti then did exceptionally well to keep out Julien Escude's effort that came off the post, although replays showed that the ball may have just crossed the line before the 'keeper cleared it from danger.

The hosts then halved the deficit in the 62nd minute after Negredo put the ball back across the box for Romaric to bundle from close range. Sevilla's tails were up as they dominated possession, and Miguel Angel Portugal looked concerned at their newfound dominance.

Coltorti then saved a certain goal when Romaric powered a header towards the bottom corner, and the Swiss stopper scooped the ball out for a corner kick.

By the 80th minute Romaric and Coltorti were having a personal duel as the Ivorian peppered the Racing 'keeper's goal with shots but the 29-year-old was equal to them.

As the clock ticked down, Kone's knee caught Pinillos' forehead and the veteran defender used his experience to run the clock down further as the visitors closed in on a priceless win. The time-wasting was beginning to grate with the home players as well as the fans, and Romaric was booked for a set-to with Henrique.

Adriano then forced Coltorti to stretch to his left to divert his long range effort away from goal as the game moved into injury time. Substitute Alexandre Geijo should have wrapped the game up in the fourth minute of injury time but he could only fire straight at Palop after running through on goal.

It proved to be immaterial as Sevilla failed to find an equalizer, and Racing found their fourth win in five games to take them to 12th. For los Rojiblancos, it was their third successive league defeat and stay in 5th place.

Anthony Wright,

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