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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (ATT 35,000) 2nd April 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: M Perez Lasa

Sevilla Sevilla vs Real Mallorca Mallorca

Sevilla 3

A Negredo (51)
M del Moral (62)
J Navas (68)

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Mallorca 1

T Hemed (74)

Sevilla stretch winning run

Hosts give European hopes a boost

Last Updated: 02/04/12 10:59pm

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Jesus Navas: Was on target with Sevilla's third and final goal

Jesus Navas: Was on target with Sevilla's third and final goal

Sevilla kept their European hopes alive and claimed their third Primera Liga victory on the bounce against Real Mallorca on Monday night as Jesus Navas sealed a 3-1 success.

Navas netted the third and final goal in the 68th minute after earlier second-half strikes from Alvaro Negredo and Manu, before Tomer Hemed snatched a late consolation for the visitors.

The visitors, who are still not safe from relegation, started well and pressed through the set-plays of Gonzalo Castro, before Sevilla came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute.

Navas lashed a right-footed shot from six yards which was superbly tipped around the post by Mallorca keeper Dudu Aouate, before Ivan Ramis booted clear from the resulting corner.

Top form

Aouate was on top form again three minutes later to tip a close-range Manu effort round the post, and he denied Jose Antonio Reyes in the 27th minute with another fingertip save.

With the hosts dominant, Navas, Piotr Trochowski and Andujar Coke all shot wide, before Sevilla keeper Andres Palop was called into action for the first time just before the break when he saved from Fernando Tissone.

Sevilla finally broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when Negredo headed home a Reyes corner, and they doubled their lead 10 minutes later when Navas fed Manu from the right and the striker fired low past Aouate.

The hosts were home and dry in the 68th minute when Manu turned provider to set up Navas to steer home from close range. And, despite Hemed's 74th-minute strike - he found the top corner from Pablo Caceres' cross - Sevilla eased home for a win which took them up to eighth place in the table.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22

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