MADRID - Sevilla and Deportivo Coruna's European aspirations were dented when they were both held to draws by sides fighting to avoid relegation in the Primera Liga on Saturday. Third-placed Sevilla were held to a 0-0 draw away to Osasuna with the Andalucians on the back foot for much of the game. Both sides hit the crossbar and after Sevilla had Ndri Romaric sent off near the end, Osasuna defender Sergio Fernandez soon followed. Sevilla move five points clear of fourth on to 64 points in their bid to secure the third automatic Champions League qualification place. Deportivo remain sixth with 57 points after their striker Ivan Riki scored a late equaliser against his former club Getafe for a 1-1 home draw. Roberto Soldado had headed the visitors in front just after the restart. Getafe are 14th with 38 points, one more than Osasuna and four above the relegation zone.
16 May 2009
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