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El Madrigal (ATT 15,000) 15th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Gomez

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Santander boss unsure whether he will watch his side

Last Updated: 15/04/12 11:38am

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Racing Santander: Could be without manager Alvaro Cervera

Racing Santander: Could be without manager Alvaro Cervera

Racing Santander boss Alvaro Cervera is waiting to learn whether he can take charge of his side at Villarreal on Sunday after suffering a heart scare.

The 46-year-old former Racing winger spent the night in hospital, where he was admitted as a precaution after feeling unwell during a training session on Friday.

Cervera, who has been in charge of the Primera Liga's rock-bottom side for just over a month, reportedly underwent a series of tests, none of which showed anything serious following the tachycardia.

Assistants Fede Castanos and Pablo Pinillos look set to take charge for Sunday's crucial match at El Madrigal if Cervera is unavailable.

Racing somehow need to end their 14-match winless run - six of them under Cervera - if they are to stand any real chance of the greatest of relegation escape acts.

In what is a proverbial six-pointer against fourth-bottom Villarreal, victory would move them within seven points of their opponents, while even a draw would leave them 11 adrift with only five matches remaining.

Villarreal took a huge stride towards preserving their own Liga status on Thursday when they scored twice in the last seven minutes - the winner coming deep into stoppage-time to stun Champions League-chasing Malaga 2-1.

That lifted them seven points clear of the drop zone and they will edge ever closer to safety if they record back-to-back victories for only the second time this season.


Goalkeeper Diego Lopez was taking nothing for granted, with Villarreal having already been on the end of some shock results this term, including in the reverse fixture against Racing.

"Seeing the situation where they are and where we are, we have to win at all costs," he said.

"We have a lot of respect for our opponents, but this is our key match.

"Sunday is a vital game, a final. Win it and we are not saved, but we would be much more comfortable."

Best bet: Draw - 16/5

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 37 93
2 Real Madrid 37 89
3 Atletico Madrid 37 77
4 Valencia 37 74
5 Sevilla 37 73
6 Villarreal 37 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 37 52
8 Malaga 37 50
9 Espanyol 37 49
10 Rayo Vallecano 37 49
11 Celta Vigo 37 48
12 Real Sociedad 37 43
13 Elche 37 40
14 Getafe 37 37
15 Levante 37 36
16 Granada 37 34
17 Deportivo La Coruna 37 34
18 Eibar 37 32
19 Almeria 37 32
20 Cordoba 37 20