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Stalemate sees Sevilla fall short

Published: Monday 9 April 2007, 0.31CET
Sevilla FC have spurned a golden opportunity to go top in Spain with a 0-0 draw against Real Racing Club Santander, allowing Real Madrid CF to take advantage.

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Published: Monday 9 April 2007, 0.31CET

Stalemate sees Sevilla fall short

Sevilla FC have spurned a golden opportunity to go top in Spain with a 0-0 draw against Real Racing Club Santander, allowing Real Madrid CF to take advantage.
Sevilla FC spurned a golden opportunity to take top spot in Spain with a 0-0 draw at home against Real Racing Club Santander on Sunday, with Real Madrid CF capitalising by recording a 2-0 home sucess against CA Osasuna.

Frustration
The UEFA Cup holders Sevilla began the day knowing a victory would move them a point above FC Barcelona, following the leaders' surprising 1-0 loss at Real Zaragoza on Saturday night. However, Sevilla were frustrated despite the best efforts of forwards Ernesto Chevantón and Luis Fabiano, and their second-half replacements Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Frédéric Kanouté could also find no way through. The closest Sevilla came was when Daniel Alves's 30-metre effort smacked against the crossbar. The stalemate leaves Sevilla one point adrift of Barcelona and one ahead of third-placed Real Madrid CF after a goal in each half from Raúl González and Robinho.

Rosu rampant
The highest-scoring game of the day saw RC Recreativo de Huelva move up to seventh, one place above Racing and just behind Club Atlético de Madrid who beat Villarreal CF 1-0, with a 4-2 victory at home against RC Celta de Vigo. With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the final quarter of an hour, the match sparked into life. Recreativo substitute Laurentiu Rosu struck twice in quick succession, in the 85th and 87th minutes, and although Nené pulled a goal back, José Manuel Cheli then made sure of the home win in the dying sconds to leave Celta stuck in the third and final relegation position.

Betis relief
The two clubs below Celta both suffered 1-0 defeats, with last-placed CD Tarragona going down at RC Deportivo La Coruña, who finished with ten men, and Real Sociedad de Fútbol slipping up away to RCD Espanyol. RCD Mallorca moved nine points clear of the relegation places with a 2-0 home win against Getafe CF while a late Robert equaliser earned Real Betis Balompié a precious point at fellow strugglers Levante UD. Betis are six points clear of Celta while Levante are two from trouble.

Last updated: 09/04/07 10.39CET

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