Sevilla went into the match at El Sardinero following two straight defeats, but took the lead early on when Jesus Navas struck on 34 minutes after Mario Fernandez had parried a shot from Alvaro Negredo. Manu’s low shot doubled the visitors’ lead early in the second half to increase Racing’s relegation worries.
It got worse for Racing when Papakouli Diop was shown a straight red card by referee Clos Gomez for a foul on Piotr Trochowski 11 minutes from time. Frederic Kanoute fluffed a chance from six yards as Sevilla continued to press, and their third goal finally came in stoppage time when Manu converted a cross from Navas.
The result sees Sevilla climb to 11th in La Liga, four points off the Europa League places, while Racing have now gone 10 games without a win and remain in the relegation zone, four points behind Villarreal. Michel, the Sevilla Coach, was pleased with his team’s performance, and also with the way Los Nervionenses took advantage of their struggling opponents’ predicament.
“We played at a good level and we used Racing’s state of mind well,” commented the former Getafe boss. “The match was an example to the players as to how they must approach the remaining games. We started the game by creating sufficient space to play with fluidity and created the belief that we were going to win.”
Meanwhile, Racing Coach Alvaro Cervera told the post-match Press conference that his team had played well in the first half, but needed to improve to win the ball more. He believes his team has improved from previous games, but acknowledged that time is running out.
“We are improving slowly, but we have a lot to do,” said Cervera. “I am convinced that in the end the team will be fine, but what we don’t have is the time we need to continue to improve.”