Sevilla go sec­ond in La Liga after con­tro­ver­sial derby win

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EUROPA LEAGUE hold­ers Sevilla pro­vi­sion­ally moved up to sec­ond in La Liga after win­ning a con­tro­ver­sial lo­cal derby 1-0 at home to Real Betis yes­ter­day.

Ar­gentina in­ter­na­tional Gabriel Mer­cado scored the win­ner with a close range fin­ish in the 51st minute after a set piece.

Betis thought they had equalised three min­utes later when Alex Ale­gria tucked home a low Ruben Cas­tro cross but it was wrongly ruled out for off­side by ref­eree Javier Estrada Fer­nan­dez.

Sevilla have 11 points, one be­hind Real Madrid, who wel­come Vil­lar­real later when third-placed cham­pi­ons Barcelona, on nine points, host Atletico Madrid, who have eight.

Real Betis coach Gus­tavo Poyet did not hide his anger at the de­ci­sion to rule out the ‘goal’, which came after his side were de­nied a penalty in Fri­day’s 2-2 draw at home to Granada.

“At the end of the day I’m the one re­spon­si­ble but this has to stop, this has to stop, there have been too many (de­ci­sions against Betis),” Poyet told BeIN Sports.

“These in­ci­dents de­cide sea­sons, they de­ter­mine the day-to­day, my job and what peo­ple will say about the game to­mor­row.

“They (Sevilla) scored a goal be­cause of one mis­take, by a small mar­gin, and we scored a much bet­ter goal that wasn’t given. Last week it was the hand­ball, a penalty we were not given. There have been a lot of de­ci­sions against us.”

Betis are 13th with five points from five games.

Sevilla coach Jorge Sam­paoli, whose side re­main un­beaten in the league, said: “Apart from a few mo­ments of fric­tion, Sevilla were the much bet­ter team.

“The game was tough be­cause Betis did not try to play as much as we did. They didn’t have a shot in the first half and had one in the sec­ond, while we had 10 or 12.”

Ear­lier, Malaga picked up their first win of the sea­son, com­ing from be­hind to beat Eibar 2-1 at home. – Reuters

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