Liga - Valencia lose as red mist descends

Sat, 24 Sep 23:59:00 2011

Valencia squandered a chance to go top of La Liga when Ever Banega fluffed a penalty and they lost a bad-tempered clash 1-0 at nine-man Sevilla on Saturday.

Sevilla celebrate - 0

Valencia finished with 10 men after Aritz Aduriz was sent off for stamping on the foot of Emir Spahic with around 20 minutes left.

Sevilla midfielder Piotr Trochowski and defender Julien Escude were dismissed in the 57th and 68th minutes respectively.

Sevilla's 34-year-old striker Frederic Kanoute galloped on to a Jesus Navas pass to put the home side ahead in the 18th minute at the Sanchez Pizjuan, before Banega struck his 69th-minute spot kick against the post.

The referee had awarded the penalty after Escude felled Aduriz when he was clean through on goal and was shown a straight red.

The result puts Valencia in fifth place following wins for Barcelona and Real Madrid, while Sevilla sit between the two giants in third place.


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