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Bizarre handball gifts Valencia
Ten-man Sevilla fail to hang on following Adriano dismissal and Navarro handball.
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2009 08:50 GMT

Adriano gets his marching orders [AFP]
A bizarre handball by Sevilla defender Fernando Navarro gave away a late penalty to help Valencia to a 3-1 comeback home win in the Spanish Primera Liga.

Sevilla were stubbornly hanging on for a 1-1 draw with 10 men, having lost Adriano Correia to a red card in the first half, when Navarro flung his arm up and handled an overhit cross at the back post in the 83rd minute.

Juan Mata dispatched his team's second penalty of the match, after David Villa had converted a spot kick just before the break to cancel out Julien Escude's early header.

Valencia substitute Pablo Hernandez wrapped up the scoring on a counter-attack in the dying minutes.

Unai Emery's side moved back up to fourth place on Sunday and into the last European Champions League qualification slot with 52 points, five behind third-placed Sevilla.

Results & fixtures

Sunday April 19

 Espanyol 1-0 Racing Santander
 Valladolid 0-0 Villarreal
 Almeria 2-1 Osasuna
 Valencia 3-1 Sevilla

Barcelona continue to lead the standings by six points from champions Real Madrid after both sides won away on Saturday.

Barca have 78 points with seven games left after winning 1-0 at Getafe, while Real were 1-0 victors at Recreativo Huelva.

Earlier, Villarreal's chances of returning to the Champions League suffered another setback when they were held 0-0 at Real Valladolid.

Manuel Pellegrini's side, dumped out of this season's competition at the quarter-final stage by Arsenal last week, were short on ideas in Valladolid.

The hosts lost defender Inaki Bea to a red card for a foul in the area early in the second half, but Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi put the penalty over the crossbar and they failed to make the extra man count.

It was Villarreal's third league match in a row without a win and they lie sixth with 49 points, behind Atletico Madrid who beat Numancia 3-0 on Saturday.

In the battle to avoid relegation, an Ivan Alonso header earned Espanyol a 1-0 win at home to Racing Santander which dragged them off the bottom.

They climbed one point above Numancia into 19th, one short of Recreativo and four points from safety.

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