Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 Sevilla: Juan Rodriguez Goal Seals Victory For Hosts
A lone first-half goal by Juan Rodriguez gave Deportivo La Coruna the win over Sevilla, ensuring the hosts remain in fourth place.
The first opportunity of the match belonged to Sevilla seven minutes into the game. A cross from the right side of the box was sent to the far post, where Renato shot first time but it went flying over the bar.
We would have to wait for the 25th minute for another small taste of danger, again created by Sevilla, as Adriano cut inside from the right after being played by Kanoute but his shot went wide of the left post.
The pace of the match finally increased by the half hour mark and Deportivo broke the deadlock in the 38th minute, when Juan Rodriguez picked up the ball in the middle after a poor clearance by Fernando Navarro and smashed the ball home from distance.
The hosts almost doubled their lead three minutes from the break. Juan Rodriguez sent in a low cross from the right hand side to the top of the box, where Guardado had some space but his volley sailed over the bar.
Deportivo had a golden opportunity to double their lead in the 45th minute. A free kick from the left was sent into the six-yard box to Riki, whose header was denied by Javi Varas with a spectacular flying save.
Sevilla almost equalised in the 50th minute, as Negredo went for glory from long range, forcing Aranzubia to tip his shot over the bar.
There was a shortage of action in the second half as danger would only be produced again in the 74th minute, when Escude could not direct his header goalwards.
The last chance of the match belonged to Sevilla on 84 minutes. A cross from right side of the box went to Renato, who headed it to the far post to Kanoute but the striker could not reach it.