Hercules too strong for Sevilla
David Trezeguet struck twice as Hercules claimed their second big scalp on their return to the Primera Division with a 2-0 win over Sevilla this evening.
The former France forward, a summer signing from Juventus, had hit the post in his last two games for Hercules, but was on target this time around to bag his first goals for the club and seal an impressive victory for the Alicante-based side, who beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp earlier this month.
Hercules dominated from the outset and Trezeguet opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Didier Zokora brought down Tiago Gomes. That came after 21 minutes and the striker was on target again seven minutes before the break, when he stuck out a knee to divert Kiko's cross into the net following some good work by Royston Drenthe.
Ndri Romaric almost hit back for a sterile Sevilla 11 minutes into the second half, but the Andalusians had Andres Palop to thank moments later as the former Spain keeper reacted brilliantly to keep out Drenthe's deflected free-kick. Trezeguet almost bagged his hat-trick five minutes later, but the Frenchman shot just wide.
Romaric and Negredo both came close for Sevilla in the closing stages, but the Andalusians were poor and deservedly ended up on the losing side for the first time in the league this season.
Luis Fabiano, in the side in place of the injured Frederic Kanoute, looked out of sorts and was barely involved for the visitors. Sevilla are now five points behind leaders Valencia, provisionally in sixth, while Hercules climb to eighth.