Teen Canales stars in Racing win over Sevilla

MADRID - Racing Santander teenager Sergio Canales showed why he is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Spain, scoring both goals as Racing recorded a third straight win with a 2-1 triumph at Sevilla on Saturday.

MADRID - Racing Santander teenager Sergio Canales showed why he is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Spain, scoring both goals as Racing recorded a third straight win with a 2-1 triumph at Sevilla on Saturday.

Midfielder Canales, 18, revealed this week that Sevilla had enquired about his services and he showcased his talent with two classy goals to inflict a third successive league defeat on Sevilla.

Canales scored his first league goal to open the scoring on 25 minutes and it was one to remember as he produced a delightful chip to beat Andres Palop.

His second came 12 minutes later and it was another cool finish as he rounded Palop, cleverly faked to shoot and then cut inside to dispatch the ball home.

Sevilla were on a high after beating Barcelona 2-1 in the Kings Cup first leg at Camp Nou last Tuesday but found themselves jeered off at half time trailing 2-0.

"There are no excuses, we had a disastrous first half," said Sevilla's coach Manolo Jimenez. "As well as losing the respect of the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium we have also lost respect for ourselves."

Koffi Romaric, left out of the Ivory Coast squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, pulled a goal back on 61 minutes after a goalmouth scramble and almost equalised with goalkeeper Fabio Coltorti Swiss producing a fine low save.

Atletico Madrid put their midweek Kings Cup shambles behind them with a convincing 4-0 win at Valladolid in another match played on Saturday to appease their disgruntled fans with a second successive league win.

The goals were scored by Jose Jurado, Diego Forlan, Jose Antonio Reyes and substitute Sergio Aguero to secure Atletico's first win at Valladolid since 1997, though they stay in 11th position. - Sapa-AFP

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