Sevilla beats Zaragoza 3-1 in Spanish league

Sevilla beat Zaragoza 3-1 Sunday to stay within two points of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at the top of the Spanish first division.

Madrid leads with 72 points, FC Barcelona is second on head-to-head results and Sevilla third with 70. There are two rounds left.

Luis Fabiano, Alexandr Kerzhakov and Frederic Kanoute scored for UEFA Cup winner Sevilla.

Also Sunday, it was: Gimnastic Tarragona 0, Atletico Madrid 2; Racing Santander 2, Levante 3; Celta Vigo 2, Real Betis 1; Osasuna 2, Real Sociedad 0; Athletic Bilbao 1, Mallorca 0; and Recreativo Huelva 0, Espanyol 1.

The UEFA Cup trophy was presented at Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium before the match. Sevilla beat Espanyol on penalties in the final in Glasgow, Scotland on May 16.

Fabiano hit a powerful shot in the 25th minute which Zaragoza goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez parried, but Fabiano then scored with his second attempt.

Andres D'Alessandro equalized when he hit a direct free kick straight into goal in the 74th though Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop got his fingertips to it.

Earlier, Kanoute hit a penalty kick high in the 52nd minute before Russia forward Kerzhakov scored in the 83rd and Kanoute added a third goal in injury time.

Zaragoza's Carlos Diego was ejected in injury time.

Fernando Torres scored two goals for Atletico against Gimnastic to boost its chances of securing a berth in next season's UEFA Cup.

Gimnastic was relegated to the second division.

Torres scored in the 11th minute from Maxi Rodriguez's assist and also converted a penalty in the 55th after Maxi Rodriguez was fouled.

Earlier, Mustapha Riga of Ghana scored twice and Feliz Ettien of the Ivory Coast added another goal for Levante to guarantee its survival in the first division.

Levante midfielder Ettien struck an athletic left-foot volley into goal from a cross by Salva Ballesta in the 12th minute.

Santander striker Nikola Zigic equalized with a header in the 33rd before Riga lobbed the ball over goalkeeper Juan Jesus Calatayud in the 38th. Riga scored again with a powerful low shot in the 73rd for 3-1.

Felipe Melo pulled a goal back for Santander in the 78th minute.

Brazilian striker Robert opened the scoring for Betis in the 30th and Gustavo Lopez equalized for Celta in the 42nd. Betis midfielder Jesus "Capi'' Capitan was ejected in the 45th. Fernando Baiano converted a penalty in injury time for Celta.

Osasuna's David Lopez headed a goal off a high cross by midfielder Valdo Lopes in the 26th. Iran midfielder Javad Nekounam scored in the 32nd to secure another season in the top flight for Osasuna.

Mallorca defender Jose Carlos Nunes held Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz in the penalty area and Ismael Urzaiz converted the penalty for Bilbao in the 19th.

Raul Tamudo scored for Espanyol in the 82nd minute.
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