Negredo strikes twice as Sevilla beat Real Mallorca

Reuters, MADRID

Wed, Oct 24, 2012 - Page 18

Alvaro Negredo scored twice as Sevilla came back to beat Real Mallorca 3-2 at home and go fifth in La Liga on Monday.

The Spain striker smashed a shot high into the net to level at 1-1 in the 29th minute and headed inside the near post to equalize again early in the second half, before Brazilian Cicinho struck a deflected volley for the winner.

Sevilla ended a run of two consecutive defeats to climb to 14 points from eight games, the same as champions Real Madrid in fourth, and eight short of leaders Barcelona.

Barca top the standings on 22 points, ahead of Atletico Madrid on goal difference.

Mallorca twice took the lead at the Sanchez Pizjuan with goals set up by Giovani Dos Santos, who was making his debut for the islanders.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona player set up Pedro Bigas for the opener with a curling cross in the 26th and flicked on for Tomer Hemed to restore their advantage a minute after Negredo had grabbed Sevilla’s first equalizer.

Mallorca slipped down to eighth place with 11 points.