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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan (ATT 25,000) 15th February 2013 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: Jose Antonio Teixeira Vitienes

Sevilla Sevilla vs Deportivo La Coruna Deportivo

Sevilla 3

I Rakitic (5)
G Medel (27, 40)

ft

Deportivo 1

Riki (32)

No boost for Deportivo

Last Updated: 15/02/13 11:01pm

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Fernando Vazquez: Couldn't lead Deportivo to victory

Fernando Vazquez: Couldn't lead Deportivo to victory

Deportivo La Coruna had a new coach but it was the same old story as they fell to a 3-1 defeat at Sevilla to remain adrift at the foot of the Primera Division standings.

Fernando Vazquez took over during the week with the tough task of steering the Galician side to safety, and he got a first-hand look of how much work there is to do as Deportivo quickly fell behind on the road to Ivan Rakitic's fifth-minute goal.

Gary Medel got another in the 27th minute and although Ivan Riki soon replied for Depor, any hope of a comeback was quickly snuffed out by Medel's second.

Depor showed plenty of heart as they sought a way back into the game late on, but Antonio Beto made a string of saves to keep them out.

Sevilla took an early lead as Rakitic got up to head home Andujar Coke's cross, and it might have been 2-0 moments later when Daniel Aranzubia made an excellent save to deny Jose Antonio Reyes.

The hosts were relentless with Aranzubia again saving well from Geoffrey Kondogbia before Federico Fazio headed wide.

A second goal was coming and it duly arrived in the 27th minute when Jesus Navas slipped the ball through for Medel to rifle home.

Depor responded well as Riki turned home Abel Aguilar's pass from close range five minutes later but it was not to be the start of a fightback.

Sevilla remained on the offensive with Medel going close with another shot before scoring the third goal five minutes before half-time, slotting home from close range from Alberto Moreno's cross.

Aranzubia held on to Emir Spahic's header as they avoided any more damage before half-time.

Evaldo Santos was presented with a decent opportunity for Depor early in the second half but failed to get any power on his header, but it was a sign of things to come with Depor enjoying the best of the second-half chances without capitalising on them.

Beto made a smart save to turn Luis Pizzi's close-range effort around the post before his 77th-minute header brought an even better block out of the Sevilla goalkeeper as he pushed the ball away from danger.

The goalkeeper then had to make another excellent block to keep out Nelson Oliveira's header from a corner.

At the other end, Aranzubia was alert to deny Rakitic in the closing minutes but the victory was already secure for Sevilla.

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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
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15 Elche 34 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22