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Granada 4-0 yesterday to keep the
pressure on Athletic Bilbao in their
fight for Spain s last Champions
Celta Vigo outclassed Almeria
with a 4-2 away win, as forward
Manuel "Nolito" Agudo netted a
double, and Paulao scored one goal
and set up another, but both for
the wrong team, as bottom-side
Real Betis slumped to a demoralising
3-1 defeat at Rayo Vallecano.
Granada s defeat at Sevilla was
eerily similar to Betis debacle, with
its players scoring an own goal and
gifting another goal to Kevin
Diego Mainz redirected Gameiro s
pass inside his own post in the 14th,
and Gameiro tapped in his 14th
league goals this season in the 51st,
saving Tiago Delfim from being
credited with another own goal after
he had pushed the ball toward his
Stephane Mbia and Victor
Machin added goals for Sevilla in
the 58th and 68th.
Sevilla plays Valencia on Thurs-
day in the semi-finals of the Europa
League. This win provisionally
closed the gap with fourth-place
Bilbao to three points before the
Basques visits Barcelona later.
Almeria s Rodrigo Rios hit the
post in the tenth, but Celta dom-
inated the rest of the game through
forwards Nolito, Rafina and Fabian
Rafina set up the opener when
his deflected shot fell to Nolito to
score in the 19th. Rios levelled in
the 40th, only for Nolito to find
Charles to cap a buildup started by
Orellana in the 52nd.
Another flowing move saw Nolito
score from a pass by Orellana in
the 71st before Rafina lobbed the
ball behind the defence for Orellana
to add a fourth four minutes later.
Oscar Diaz got Almeria s second
goal in the 88th but his side
remained two points from safety.
Celta, meanwhile, climbed into the
middle of the standings.
"We went out there with the
same philosophy we have had all
season," said Nolito, referring to
coach Luis Enrique s attacking style.
"We have to celebrate this win
because it is a big step toward stay-
Paulao s nightmare began when
he left his back pass woefully short
of reaching goalkeeper Adan Gar-
rido, letting Rayo forward Rochina
Raixes poach the ball and roll it in
for the 14th-minute opener.
The Brazilian centre back fol-
lowed that mistake by unfortunately
clearing a cross that floated into
his own net in the 27th.
Paulao immediately asked to be
substituted and was replaced five
minutes later, with the Rayo fans
in Vallecas Stadium politely
applauding him to show their sup-
Rayo, which has surged out of
the drop zone to the middle of the
table with only one loss in nine
rounds, kept the pressure on as
Joaquin Larrivey tapped in a
rebound in the 52nd before Javier
Chica got Betis consolation goal
in the 79th.
Betis was left on the brink of rel-
egation, ten points from safety with
four games to go.
nessman Randy Lerner has raised
doubts about his future as Aston
Villa chairman by saying he will
address "steady rumors of a sale"
of the Premier League club at the
end of the season.
Villa released a statement yes-
terday, in which Lerner said he
was "committed to the imme-
diate job of limiting distraction
and confusion" as the club looks
to secure its Premier League sta-
Villa is 15th in the 20-team
league, five points above the rel-
egation zone with four matches
Lerner, who used to own NFL s
Cleveland Browns, bought Villa
Lerner raises doubts about future at Villa
won its first Dutch Cup title by
stunning Ajax 5-1 in the final
yesterday, with Ryan Thomas
and Guyon Fernandez scoring
two goals each.
Ajax had a good start to the
match as Ricardo van Rhijn
opened the scoring in the fifth
minute. But the game was then
halted after Ajax fans threw fire-
works onto the field, many of
them landing around the team s
When play resumed around
30 minutes later, Thomas scored
twice in four minutes to silence
the Ajax fans.
Fernandez followed with a
shot under goalkeeper Kenneth
Vermeer and he headed in the
fourth before halftime. Bram van
Polen scored the fifth soon after
Ajax pushed forward for the
last 30 minutes but couldn t pull
PEC Zwolle humbles Ajax 5-1 in Dutch Cup final
FC Barcelona's goalkeeper Victor Valdes reacts after being injured
during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Celta Vigo at the Camp
Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain recently. AP PHOTO
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