Seville, May 5: Sevilla marked the return of Joaquin Caparros as coach after a 13-year absence with a 1-0 victory in a Spanish top division football match against Real Sociedad, their first win in 10 games.
Besides ending their slump here on Friday night, Sevilla dimmed Sociedad’s hopes of playing in Europe next season, as the Basque side remain five points out of the final Europa League berth with just two matches left, reports EFE news agency.
Sevilla, with 51 points from 35 matches, sit seventh in the La Liga, though Getafe and Girona are both within three points in the scramble for the last European slot.
Caparros, who coached Sevilla in 2000-2005, answered the call to guide the team for the last four matches of the season after the club fired Vincenzo Montella in the wake of a humiliating 5-0 loss to Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final.
Sociedad dominated play in the final stretch as Sevilla showed clear signs of fatigue, but they failed to capitalize on their opportunities and the home side took all three points, to the immense relief of the 34,000-plus at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. IANS