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Ríos rescues fourth for ten-man Sevilla

Published: Sunday 16 May 2010, 0.55CET
Sevilla FC clinched a place in the UEFA Champions League play-offs thanks to Rodrigo Ríos's 94th-minute winner at UD Almería, his strike ending RCD Mallorca's dreams of finishing fourth.
Ríos rescues fourth for ten-man Sevilla
Rodrigo Ríos is mobbed after his late winner against Almería ©AFP
Published: Sunday 16 May 2010, 0.55CET

Ríos rescues fourth for ten-man Sevilla

Sevilla FC clinched a place in the UEFA Champions League play-offs thanks to Rodrigo Ríos's 94th-minute winner at UD Almería, his strike ending RCD Mallorca's dreams of finishing fourth.

Ten-man Sevilla FC booked themselves a ticket to the UEFA Champions League play-offs next term courtesy of a thrilling 3-2 win at UD Almería, Rodrigo Ríos scoring in the fourth minute of added time to break the hearts of RCD Mallorca, who briefly raised their hopes by beating RCD Espanyol 2-0.

A point better off than Mallorca before their final engagement of the Liga campaign, Sevilla twice let a lead slip against Almería, Fernando Soriano (44) responding first to Frédéric Kanouté's 16th-minute opener before Juanma Ortiz cancelled out a Chico own goal (53) with 11 minutes remaining. Reduced to ten men following Álvaro Negredo's 65th-minute dismissal, the visitors seemed destined for disappointment until 19-year-old Ríos − brought on with eight minutes to go − acrobatically volleyed in a memorable winner.

Mallorca must now content themselves with a berth in the UEFA Europa League play-offs after their 15th home victory this term proved insufficient to leapfrog Sevilla. Víctor Casadesus (24) and Mario Suárez (78) registered the goals that earned victory over Espanyol. A rung lower in sixth, Getafe CF prevailed 3-0 at inaugural UEFA Europa League winners Club Atlético de Madrid, earning their highest-ever finish and a place in the third qualifying round of that competition. Villarreal CF finished seventh after they could only draw 3-3 at Real Zaragoza.

The final round of matches continues on Sunday, when FC Barcelona will be assured of their 20th Spanish title if they overcome visitors Real Valladolid CF. A point off the pace, fellow title hopefuls Real Madrid CF travel to relegation-threatened Málaga CF, with the identity of the three teams heading for the second tier next season also to be resolved.

Last updated: 16/05/10 19.46CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2009/10

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 02/07/2011 04:16 CET

15/05/2011

ValenciaValencia0-0LevanteLevante

Venue: Valencia

15/05/2011

AlmeríaAlmería3-1MallorcaMallorca

Uche 5, Juanma Ortiz 15, Piatti 32

Webó 42

Venue: Almeria

15/05/2011

GetafeGetafe2-0OsasunaOsasuna

Miguel Flaño 65 (o.g.), Ríos 90+3

Venue: Madrid

15/05/2011

ZaragozaZaragoza1-0EspanyolEspanyol

Ponzio 55

Venue: Zaragoza

15/05/2011

Sporting GijónSporting Gijón2-1RacingRacing

De las Cuevas 44, Novo 51

Christian Fernández 32

Venue: Gijon

15/05/2011

SevillaSevilla3-1Real SociedadReal Sociedad

Kanouté 54, 60, Negredo 85

Agirretxe 72

Venue: Sevilla

15/05/2011

AthleticAthletic1-1MálagaMálaga

David López 55 (p)

García del Pozo 42

Venue: Bilbao

15/05/2011

AtléticoAtlético2-1HérculesHércules

Álvaro Domínguez 2, Reyes 71

Trezeguet 67

Venue: Madrid

15/05/2011

BarcelonaBarcelona0-0DeportivoDeportivo

Venue: Barcelona

15/05/2011

VillarrealVillarreal1-3Real MadridReal Madrid

Cani 51

Marcelo 17, Cristiano Ronaldo 22, 90+3

Venue: Castellon

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