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Valencia closer to CL berth with win over Sevilla

IANS  |  Seville (Spain) 

showcased solid defence, goalkeeping and an opportunistic attack in a huge 2-0 away victory here over Sevilla, taking a big step toward finishing in the top four of and earning a berth in next season's

With its first win at since 2004 on Saturday, fourth-placed pulled 11 points ahead of fifth-placed Sevilla, whose hopes of qualifying for Europe's premier club tournament are fading with just 10 games remaining in the season, reports news.

could have cut the margin between the two teams to just five points with a victory.

The hosts came out with intensity and controlled the action in the early going, but calmly weathered the storm and snuffed out its rival's offensive forays.

Brazilian-born striker then took advantage of Sergio Escudero's failure to deflect away a long pass and slotted the ball home past in the 24th minute.

sought to draw level before the intermission, with Franco Vazquez, and all threatening to score but lacking sufficient precision.

The hosts then continued to take the initiative after the break and had three clear chances to score, but Valencia net minder Neto made a pair of outstanding saves to preserve his team's lead.

Valencia, meanwhile, looked for chances on the counterattack and the strategy paid off in the 68th minute when Rodrigo converted a one-on-one opportunity against Rico after receiving a pass from former Sevilla

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 12:52 IST
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