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Sevilla held by lowly Xerez

sports Updated: Mar 24, 2010 23:02 IST
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La Liga's bottom club Xerez grabbed a last-minute equaliser to draw 1-1 at Sevilla on Tuesday, to increase the pressure on coach Manolo Jimenez.

Leandro Gioda's deflected shot after a long throw-in cancelled out Frederic Kanoute's 63rd-minute penalty, and led to a barrage of whistles from the home fans.

Sevilla stay fifth on 45 points, one point short of Real Mallorca in the Champions League qualification places.

Leaders Real Madrid have 68 points and visit neighbours Getafe on Thursday. Barcelona and in-form Lionel Messi, who are second on goal difference, play host to Osasuna on Wednesday.

Earlier, Deportivo Coruna had two men sent off and conceded a goal deep into injury time to go down 2-1 at Sporting Gijon, suffering another blow to their fading Champions League aspirations.

Messi tops Beckham to be best-paid player

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has deposed David Beckham to top France Football's list of the highest-paid players. The Argentina forward is said to have made $44 million (Rs 200 crore) last year.

Beckham, who has been first or second in each of the last nine years, took home $40.5 million (Rs 184 crore) in 2009, according to the report.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was third with $40 million(Rs 182 crore), while teammate Kaka was a distant fourth with $25 million (Rs 113 crore). Thierry Henry was fifth with $24 million (Rs 111 crore).

France Football, which has ranked the best-paid players since 1999, calculated the figures based on salary and endorsements.

Wolves win 3-1 to put West Ham in trouble

Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3-1 at West Ham on Tuesday to leave their Premiership rival in relegation trouble. Kevin Doyle put the visitors ahead in the 28th minute before Ronald Zubar and Matthew Jarvis added second-half goals to complete West Ham's worst home defeat to Wolves since 1962. Doyle scored after a mistake by defender James Tomkins, who tried to pass back to keeper Robert Green but mis-hit the ball into space. The Ireland striker then collected it and scored with a shot that went in off the far post.

Zubar made it 2-0 in the 58th with a diagonal shot past Green into the bottom left corner and Jarvis put Wolves even further in front three minutes later with a 30-meter (yard) shot. Many West Ham fans had left Upton Park by the time Hammers substitute Guillermo Franco scored a late goal in injury time.