Sevilla fly­ing high in Spain af­ter Ben Yed­der brace

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Two flicks of the heel were enough for Sevilla to pro­vi­sion­ally pull level with Real Madrid on points at the top of the Span­ish league yes­ter­day.

Wis­sam Ben Yed­der scored his sec­ond of two goals in stop­page time to snatch a 2-1 win over a tough Alaves side at Ra­mon Sanchez Pizjuan Sta­dium.

Ben Yed­der's win­ner went in off the side of his left heel, de­flect­ing Vic­tor "Vi­tolo" Machin's low cross un­der goal­keeper Fer­nando Pacheco from in­side the six-yard box.

The French for­ward's first goal came in the 74th when sub­sti­tute Ganso passed su­perbly to set him up. Ganso had his back to the goal and was fall­ing for­ward from a col­li­sion, but still man­aged to flick his left boot back and send a per­fect as­sist for Ben Yed­der to fire home.

Alaves was cling­ing to a point un­til Ben Yed­der struck again af­ter de­fender Vic­tor La­guardia had scram­bled in the equal­izer from a cor­ner kick in the 84th.

"When the match en­ters its fi­nal min­utes, you play more with your heart than with your legs," Vi­tolo said. "But for­tu­nately this team is am­bi­tious and we are al­ways aim­ing to win."

Alaves' Edgar Men­dez squan­dered an ex­cel­lent early chance when he hit the post with only goal­keeper Ser­gio Rico to beat.

Be­fore the late flurry of goals, the match was marred by sev­eral leg in­juries, with all the in­jured walk­ing off the pitch when sub­sti­tuted.

Alaves lost Kiko Fe­me­nia and Daniel Tor­res in the first half, while Sevilla lost for­wards Samir Nasri and Lu­ciano Vi­etto in a three-minute span with a half-hour to play. Match ref­eree Ma­teo La­hoz also had to be re­placed late be­cause of a calf prob­lem.

Madrid hosts Eibar to­day when Barcelona, which trails Madrid and Sevilla by a point, vis­its Celta Vigo.

GRANADA 0, LE­GANES 1 Le­ganes con­tin­ued its ex­cel­lent de­but in the top flight with a third win in seven rounds.

Its 1-0 vic­tory at Granada pushed the hosts to the bot­tom of the standings.

Le­ganes de­fender Alexan­der Szy­manowski struck in the 76th with a left-footed shot from the edge of the area af­ter Robert Ibanez sprung a counter-at­tack.

"The key was (to) not make mis­takes and wait for our op­por­tu­nity," said Le­ganes coach Asier Gar­i­tano.

All three of Le­ganes' vic­to­ries have come away from the mod­est club's home sta­dium in Madrid.

Granada's lat­est loss ru­ined the de­but of its care­taker coach, Lluis Planaguma, who took over man­ag­ing du­ties fol­low­ing the fir­ing of Paco Je­mez.

In June, Le­ganes earned pro­mo­tion to Spain's first divi­sion for the first time in the club's 88-year his­tory.

SPAIN

La Liga

Fri­day R. So­ciedad-Real Betis ..................... 1-0 Yes­ter­day Granada-Le­ganes ............................ 0-1 Sevilla-Dep. Alaves .......................... 2-1 Osasuna-Las Pal­mas ........................ 2-2 Dep. La Coruna-Sp. Gi­jon ................ 2-1 To­day Va­len­cia-At. Madrid .............................. Real Madrid-Eibar ................................. Es­panyol-Vil­lar­real ................................ Malaga-At. Bil­bao ................................. Celta Vigo-Barcelona ............................

Standings

Real Madrid Sevilla Barcelona Atl. Madrid Vil­lar­real Ath Bil­bao Las Pal­mas Eibar Real So­ciedad Le­ganes Alaves De­portivo Betis Gi­jon Celta Vigo Va­len­cia Malaga Es­panyol Osasuna Granada CF P 6 7 6 6 6 6 7 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 7 7 W 4 4 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 D 2 2 1 3 3 0 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 1 1 0 2 2 3 2 L F A Pts 0 15 6 14 1 13 10 14 1 19 6 13 0 12 2 12 0 9 4 12 2 9 6 12 2 16 13 11 2 8 6 10 3 9 9 10 3 7 10 10 2 8 7 9 2 5 6 8 3 8 12 8 4 6 16 7 3 5 8 7 4 9 12 6 3 5 8 5 3 9 14 5 4 7 15 3 5 7 16 2

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