: A first-half onslaught saw Sevilla set up a 5-1 win over Real Betis in a one-sided Andalusian derby due to the visitor’s hapless defence in the Spanish League football on Sunday.
Jose Antonio Reyes and Federico Fazio both struck braces as Sevilla came out on top in the typically highly-charged clash. Ruben Castro hit a second half reply for Betis which also saw Ruben Perez dismissed while its misery was complete with an injury time fifth from Ivan Rakitic.
Sevilla has had an up-and-down season but it has a solid home record and this win puts it a point behind its city rival in seventh.
Betis keeper Adrian San Miguel appeared half asleep as he gave the ball straight to Reyes under no pressure in the first minute and he slotted home. From there it got a lot worse for a Betis side that was always on the back foot.
Betis had its first choice defence with Paulao and Mario Alvarez at centre half who have generally a solid partnership.
They left Fazio completely unmarked in the fifth minute and he headed home a free-kick.
The visitor was simply unable to keep possession and coach Pepe Mel took off midfielder Jose Canas for the more attacking Jonathan Pereira but it made little difference as Reyes got his second with Nelson this time at fault.
Negredo headed against the crossbar and while the right back had plenty of time to clear the danger, he dawdled and Reyes nipped in to score.
Back to his best
Fazio was again left free to head home the fourth after a deep cross from Reyes who has been in and out of the team this season but looked back to his best.
An Arda Turan strike gave ten-man Atletico Madrid a 1-0 win away to Granada to keep it on the tail of leader Barcelona.
Spanish League : Deportivo La Coruna 0 lost to Levante 2 (Martins 40, Barkero 82); Celta Vigo 1 (Park Chu-young 56) drew with Real Mallorca 1 (Hemed 22); Getafe 2 (Ruano 74, Lafita 78) bt Valladolid 1 (Oscar 45); Granada 0 lost to Atletico Madrid 1 (Turan 61); Sevilla 5 (Reyes 1, 32, Fazio 5, 43, Rakitic 90+1) bt Real Betis 1 (Ruben Castro 66).
Italian League : Siena 1 (Valiani 81) bt Pescara 0; Bologna 3 (Gilardino 44, Gabbiadini 44-pen, Diamanti 48-pen) bt Palermo 0; Catania 2 (Bernardo 51, 85) bt Chievo 1 (Andreolli 90+3); Fiorentina 4 (Rodriguez 5, Aquilani 42, 45+2, Toni 49) bt Atalanta 1 (Bonaventura 32); Inter Milan 2 (Palacio 10, Astori 82-og) drew with Cagliari 2 (Sau 43, 66); Udinese 2 (di Natale 9, Pereyra 50) drew with Parma 2 (Marchionni 46, Palladino 89); Sampdoria 3 (Poli 16, Bovo 36-og, Icardi 88) bt Genoa 1 (Immobile 73). — Agencies.