Primera Liga Round-Up: Sevilla Held At Home, Malaga Stun Getafe, Villarreal Edge Past Deportivo La Coruna

Promising start to the season from the Yellow Submarine but Sevilla are struggling...
Sevilla 1-1 Racing Santander

The pressure on Antonio Alvarez is likely to mount yet again after a below par Sevilla struggled at home to Racing and failed to see a half-time lead through against the plucky visitors at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Los Nervionenses looked in control in the early stages and saw an early effort from Diego Perotti come off the woodwork. On the opposite wing, Alfaro was also a threat and proved instrumental in the opening goal after he was fouled by Racing goalkeeper Tono, allowing Alvaro Negredo to step up and convert the resulting spot kick.

In a lacklustre first half the hosts failed to trouble Tono again with Negredo and Tiberio Guarente guilty of failing to hit the target from decent positions. In fact it was the Cantabrian side who looked the greater threat with Arana testing Andres Palop towards the end of the first half.

Ten minutes into the second period the visitors were level as veteran defender Pablo Pinillos took advantage of Sevilla's failure to clear an Adrian Gonzalez cross, firing home from inside the box.

Chances were at a premium in the final half hour with Papa Kouli Diop working Palop on just one occasion in the latter stages while a late Luis Fabiano effort was the best the unimpressive Andalusians could muster.

Getafe 0-2 Malaga

Malaga secured three valuable points away to Getafe at the Alfonso Perez Coliseum thanks to two goals in the space of eight second half minutes from Jose Rondon and Apono.

Geta had the better of the opening exchanges but failed to make their possession count despite decent efforts from Javier Arizmendi and Adrian Colunga. Rondon had the visitors' only first half attempt on target but Jordi Codina saved it with relative ease.

After the interval Rondon found his scoring touch for the second game in succession beating the offside trap before racing clear to fire the visitors in front after 52 minutes.

Minutes later Geta had Rafa Lopez sent off for a foul on Eliseu who was following up a 40-yard lob over Codina which came back off the post and Apono tucked away the resulting spot kick to leave the Andalusians in a commanding position.

Just five minutes later Malaga were also reduced to ten men when Jesus Gamez picked up his second yellow card and although Geta rallied in the latter stages Malaga held out for an impressive victory.

Villarreal 1-0 Deportivo La Coruna

Villarreal maintained their impressive start to the new campaign with a win that sees them leapfrog Barcelona into third place in the Primera Liga on goal difference.

Depor's goal shy attack once again proved a problem for Miguel Angel Lotina's side as they took 85 minutes to fire a shot on target at the Madrigal.

The Yellow Submarine, in contrast, were in fine form with Borja Valero orchestrating much of their promising play. Marcos Senna tested Manu in Depor's goal on a couple of occasions before Angel Lopez set Nilmar free to open the scoring shortly after the half hour mark, the Brazilian arrowing a low drive in off the post from 15 yards for his fourth league goal of the season.

Despite good passages of play from the Galicians it was Villarreal who always looked more likely to score and midway through the half Giuseppe Rossi rattled the frame of the goal after being played in by Nilmar.

A flurry of chances marked the end of the game with Cani twice going close for the hosts while Ruben Perez and Saul were denied by Diego Lopez as the home side took a deserved three points.

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