Riazor:Deportivo Coruna played host to Sevilla on Thursday in a semi-final first leg of the Spanish Cup.
The visitors, who lie second in the league standings behind leaders Barcelona, came into the match off a defeat to Valencia at the weekend, but they started brightly in this cup encounter.
Frederic Kanoute, back from injury, was certainly on form - here coming close to the opening goal in the fourth minute with a header from the corner.
The shot went just over the crossbar - but eight minutes later the striker was on target. The pass from Alexander Kerzhakov on the wing was just perfect, and the Malian slotted the ball home to give Sevilla a valuable away goal.
Two minutes later and the visitors had doubled their tally. This time it was Jesus Navas with the strike although it was Daniel Alves on the wing who did most of the work - running the length of the pitch with the ball before passing it to Navas in the area.
Deportivo were really struggling and they were fortunate to be only two-nil down at the break.
Sevilla started the second half in dominant form as well.
Seven minutes after the restart Adriano (Claro Adriano Correia) could have made it 3-nil to the visitors.
Somehow however he failed to get on the end of the shot following a muddle in the area, and the ball went just wide of the post.
Deportivo tried hard to get back into the match and certainly improved on their chances in the second half.
Here, a free-kick from Gonzalez Sergio beat the wall and went just wide of the far post.
Then with less than ten minutes on the clock Sebastian Taborda was denied by an excellent save from David Cobeno in the Sevilla goal.
But in injury time Deportivo suffered a further blow - when the visitors were awarded a penalty for a hand ball by Jorge Andrade in the area.
Luis Fabiano stepped forward and converted the spot-kick with ease.
Moments later the final whistle went, meaning Sevilla are firm favourites to progress to the final of the Spanish Cup, holding a 3-nil advantage going into the second leg of this semi-final clash. The return leg in Seville is on May 10, while the final takes place on June 23.