Five-star Sevilla

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Vi­tolo and Franco Vazquez each scored twice as Sevilla ended their sea­son with a 5-0 thrash­ing of Osasuna in what is ex­pected to be Jorge Samapoli’s last game in charge.

Sam­paoli has pub­licly recog­nised his de­sire to take the va­cant role as Ar­gentina boss to aid the two-time world cham­pion’s fal­ter­ing World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion cam­paign.

“There’s a clear in­ten­tion from my coun­try to have me as coach and, since I was young, it’s some­thing that has ap­pealed to me,” Sam­paoli said on Fri­day.

De­spite a dis­ap­point­ing dip in form in re­cent months, Sevilla have over­all had a suc­cess­ful sea­son in fin­ish­ing fourth un­der Sam­paoli and gave their cam­paign a fi­nal flourish by sweep­ing aside al­ready rel­e­gated Osasuna.

Vi­tolo tapped home the opener af­ter just 10 min­utes when Sal­va­tore Sirigu could only parry Joaquin Cor­rea’s shot.

Vazquez then slot­ted home his first from Ser­gio Es­cud­ero’s cross be­fore Steven Jovetic ri­fled in a third be­fore half-time.

Mar­i­ano’s teas­ing cross was blasted home by Vazquez on the hour mark and Vi­tolo rounded off the scor­ing with the sort of fine solo run and fin­ish that has seen him be­come a trans­fer tar­get for Atletico Madrid.

Ear­lier, De­portivo la Coruna thrashed Las Pal­mas 3-0 to fin­ish in 16th ahead of Le­ganes, who drew 1-1 at home to Alaves.

Sport­ing Gi­jon will join Osasuna in the Se­gunda Di­vi­sion next sea­son and couldn’t give their fans a third straight win to cheer in a 2-2 draw with Real Betis.

The La Liga sea­son con­cluded late yes­ter­day when Real Madrid just need to avoid de­feat at Malaga to end a five-year bar­ren run with­out a La Liga ti­tle.

Should Madrid lose, Barcelona could claim a third straight ti­tle by beat­ing Eibar in coach Luis En­rique’s last game in charge at the Camp Nou. AFP

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