Negredo 2, 26 – Cazorla 81
An early brace from Alvaro Negredo was enough to see off a disappointing Malaga side and start Sevilla’s season with a win. Santi Cazorla’s wonderfully accurate free-kick set up a nervous final 10 minutes, but the home side held out to the delight of new Coach Marcelino Garcia Toral.
Sevilla started brightly, and less than two minutes had gone when the unmarked Negredo headed in Jesus Navas’ cross. Wingers Diego Perotti and Navas tormented the Malaga full-backs in the opening stages and Sevilla’s second goal came again from the wing. Perotti was found by Gary Medel on the touchline and squared to Negredo, who applied a smart, sweeping finish.
Malaga’s defence continued to look frail, and Negredo should really have gotten his hat-trick in the 67th minute. Navas beat Eliseu again and found the striker free just five yards out, only to see him skew his shot wide. Cazorla’s beautiful free-kick made Sevilla work a little harder in the final stages, but the win was much more comfortable than the score line suggests.
Sevilla (4-3-3): Varas; Caceres, Escude, Spahic, Navarro (Coke 46); Medel, Trochowski, De Moral (Campana 75); Navas, Negredo, Perotti (Armenteros 65)
Malaga(4-2-3-1): Gentleman; Gamez, Demichelis, Mathijsen, Eliseu (Nacho 72); Toulalan, Apono (Maresca 46); Joaquin, Rondon (Fernandez 46), Cazorla; Van Nistelrooy
Did you know… Before this weekend, Sevilla had only won one of their last nine League games at home to Malaga, failing to score in seven [via @optajose]