Sunday, March 10, 2013

MALLORCA TODAY - Real Mallorca 2 : 1 Sevilla

Following the last-gasp win at Granada last weekend, a chance for Mallorca to close the gap more on the safety zone against Sevilla who have been dodgy on the road all season.

Mallorca, on top in the opening exchanges, took the lead though Alfaro after quarter an hour, the former Sevilla midfielder hitting home following Beto's save from Dos Santos's shot. Great start for Mallorca, but they were then under the cosh. Sevilla dominated the game almost totally from the moment Alfaro scored, but it was Mallorca, with a Martí shot against the woodwork, who came closest five minutes into the second period. Dos Santos was denied by Beto after 15 minutes of the half, and immediately afterwards Negredo finally made good all Sevilla's possession. It was a Dos Santos effort that led to a corner from which Alfaro added a second for Mallorca and which brought about a hugely tense last 25 minutes. Márquez was sent off for a second yellow for time-wasting, but Mallorca had held on. An extraordinary win, Mallorca up to 18th as a result, one point behind Zaragoza who play Granada on Sunday. Survival, which had looked far away two games ago, might now be there for Mallorca, but next up - Real Madrid away.

Aouate; Hutton, Nunes, Bigas, Kevin; Pina, Tissone, Martí (Márquez 73); Alfaro (Hemed 78), Victor, Dos Santos (Nsue 90)
Goals: Alfaro (15, 66)
Red: Márquez (90+)
Yellow: Hutton (45), Martí (70), Dos Santos (71), Márquez (75)

Beto; Coke (Cicinho 80), Fazio, Botía (Reyes 67), Navarro; Medel, Kondogbia (Babá 51); Navas, Rakitic, Moreno; Negredo
Goal: Negredo (61)
Yellow: Moreno (77)

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