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Valladolid victory stuns Sevilla

FIGHTING THE DROPJavier Clemente’s side had managed one win in 16 games, but have picked up four points from two matches since the former Spain coach took charge

AFP , MADRID

Sevilla’s Lolo, top, and Valladolid’s Asier Arranz fight for the ball during their La Liga match on Tuesday at the Zorrilla stadium in Valladolid, Spain.

PHOTO: REUTERS

Valladolid coach Javier Clemente enjoyed a winning home debut as the relegation-threatened side beat Champions League hopefuls Sevilla 2-1 at home on Tuesday to boost their hopes of staying up, moving three points from safety.

It is a major setback for Sevilla and their Champions League hopes with the club staying fourth although Real Mallorca could go three points ahead of them with victory over Real Zaragoza yesterday.

Valladolid had just one win in the last 16 games before the game, but 60-year-old veteran coach Clemente — who coached Spain from 1992 to 1998 — has made it four points from his two games at the helm to enhance their chances of beating the drop.

“Tonight the players played like they can do,” Clemente said. “I am not worried about the results of other teams, just those of my team.”

Attacker Diego Costa headed his eighth goal of the season on 41 minutes to put Valladolid ahead and Angolan striker Mateus Manucho, briefly on Manchester United’s books, struck a second on 53 minutes.

Juan Cala got a late goal back for Sevilla with a sweet 25m strike, but Valladolid clung on with goalkeeper Jacobo Ovejero making two big saves in the closing stages.

It was a ninth defeat on the road and the performance and result does little for the fading chances of interim manager Antonio Alvarez, who replaced Manolo Jimenez, to get the job on a permanent basis.

“Valladolid were better for an hour and by the time we could react it was too late,” Alvarez said. “They won all the aerial battles and played with real desire.”

Elsewhere, Tenerife finally won their first away game of the season triumphing 2-0 at Sporting Gijon to move two points from safety.

Late goals from Roman Martinez and Alejandro Alfaro helped Tenerife win away after 16 failed attempts. Fourth-from-bottom Malaga, two points ahead of Tenerife, are now looking over their shoulder nervously.

In the other match, Getafe beat rivals Villarreal 3-0 at home to move a point off the top six.

A goalkeeping mistake from Spanish international Diego Lopez allowed Miku Flores to stroke home the opener on 56 minutes and the Venezuelan got a second late on after left back Mane had curled a free-kick home from long range.

“This was a crucial win over a direct rival and pushes us closer to the European spots,” Miku said.

Villarreal had earlier hit the post through Giuseppe Rossi and rued the miss as Getafe ended their three-match winning sequence to move a point above them in the standings one point behind Athletic Bilbao.

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