Sevilla stum­ble at Malaga

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Malaga stunned Sevilla with two late strikes in a 4-2 win on Mon­day to leave Jorge Sam­paoli’s side still at slight risk of slip­ping out of the top four in La Liga.

De­spite two goals from Franco Vazquez, Sevilla’s de­feat leaves them on 68 points, three be­hind third-placed Atletico Madrid, but now only five clear of fifth-placed Vil­lar­real — and they still have to visit Real Madrid on May 14.

Vazquez opened the scor­ing at La Ros­aleda in the 30th minute af­ter break­ing through from mid­field, be­fore play­maker Pablo For­nals equalised for the hosts eight min­utes later with a rocket from out­side the area.

San­dro Ramirez put Malaga ahead early in the sec­ond half but Vazquez lev­elled in the 57th minute of a fiercely con­tested clash af­ter latch­ing on to a loose ball in the box.

Malaga moved back ahead in the 77th when Diego Llorente planted a header into the top cor­ner be­fore sub­sti­tute Juankar added the de­ci­sive fourth, snap­ping up the re­bound af­ter San­dro’s late penalty was saved.

Llorente, whose goal helped move Malaga up to 12th, said: “(The ball) just came to me and I took it well. It’s good to get a big win like this in front of our home fans.”

Sevilla mid­fielder Vazquez added: “We only have our­selves to blame. We made mis­takes that you can­not make.”

Sam­paoli’s side have slumped

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