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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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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Celta Vigo 25 32
9 Espanyol 25 32
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 25 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 25 24
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18