Xerez holds Sevilla to a draw

BY foxsports • March 24, 2010

Xerez snatched an unlikely point in second-half injury-time away to Andalusian rivals Sevilla as a 1-1 draw left a huge dent in the hosts' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

Sevilla crashed out of Europe's premier club competition last week following a disappointing 2-1 defeat at home to CSKA Moscow, and their chances of re-joining the continent's elite was dealt a big blow as Leandro Gioda levelled in added time.

The home side, although far from convincing, had looked set to claim the three points thanks to Frederic Kanoute's 62nd-minute penalty.

But Xerez threw men forward at the death and finally got their reward, even though a single point leaves them stranded at the bottom of the table.

Nevertheless, the visitors will have been more pleased than the hosts, who remain in fifth place and could find themselves four points off the Champions League places on Wednesday night if Mallorca win at Racing Santander.

Deportivo La Coruna's European hopes suffered a blow as they fell to a demoralising late 2-1 defeat at Sporting Gijon.

Depor, who started the day just four points off the Champions League places, looked set to claim a point, despite playing since the 11th minute with a man less following the sending off of goalkeeper Daniel Aranzubia.

However, Depor conceded a controversial injury-time penalty when Alberto Lopo was adjudged to have brought down Kike Mateo inside the area.

Lopo claimed he had got the ball but was instead shown a red card and from the resulting spot-kick Sporting captain Diego Castro fired past Depor replacement keeper Manu Fernandez.

Adrian Lopez's equaliser had earlier cancelled out Mate Bilic's opener for the hosts, who moved 12 points clear of the drop zone.

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