Sevilla go top as Madrid suf­fer shock de­feat and Barça stum­ble

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By Dave Red­shaw SEVILLA took ad­van­tage of Barcelona drop­ping points to move top of the ta­ble with a 2-1 vic­tory over 10-man CELTA VIGO at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Pablo Sara­bia opened the scor­ing for Sevilla shortly be­fore the in­ter­val but the Gali­cians suf­fered a blow in the 58th minute, Mex­i­can de­fender Nestor Araujo dis­missed af­ter re­ceiv­ing two cau­tions within two min­utes. Sevilla made them pay three min­utes later as Wis­sam Ben Yed­der dou­bled his side’s lead, with on­loan Southamp­ton for­ward Sofi­ane Bo­ufal pulling one back late on to set up a nervy fin­ish.

A Lionel Messi goal was not enough as BARCELONA re­lin­quished top spot with a frus­trat­ing 1-1 draw at VA­LEN­CIA. Barca, now four games with­out a league win, fell be­hind af­ter two min­utes af­ter Ger­ard Piqué made a hash of a clear­ance and Eze­quiel Garay tapped in at the far post. Michy Bat­shuayi and Ge­of­frey Kon­dog­bia both had chances to dou­ble Los Che’s lead, but Ernesto Valverde’s men were back on level terms in the 23rd minute, Messi fir­ing in from long range af­ter play­ing a one-two with Luis Suárez. Kevin Gameiro went close for Va­len­cia just af­ter the hour mark, yet Barca con­tin­ued to threaten and Messi found the side net­ting with an ef­fort. Suárez saw a cou­ple of pe­natly ap­peals turned down late on as the Blau­grana’s mis­er­able run con­tin­ued, while Va­len­cia have now drawn six of their eight league matches this sea­son.

REAL MADRID went down to a shock 1-0 de­feat at ALAVÉS as the home side recorded a first league win over Los Blan­cos since 1931. Madrid were on top early on with Dani Ce­bal­los and Karim Ben­zema bring­ing saves from Fer­nando Pacheco, yet Alavés forced their way back into the game and it re­mained goal­less at the in­ter­val. Toni Kroos had to make a cru­cial in­ter­cep­tion for Madrid af­ter the break when Ibai Gómez latched onto Jony’s cross, and Rubén Duarte tried his luck as the hosts’ piled on the pres­sure. It paid off four min­utes into stop­page time, sub­sti­tute Manu Gar­cía nod­ding in af­ter the ball had re­bounded favourably to him to claim a fa­mous vic­tory, in­creas­ing the heat on Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui.

Án­gel Cor­rea came off the bench to score the win­ner as ATLÉTICO MADRID went third in La Liga by edg­ing past REAL BETIS 1-0 at the Wanda Metropoli­tano. Loren Morón had a chance to give the An­dalu­sians an early lead as they en­joyed most of the pos­ses­sion, but dragged his shot wide, whilst at the other end Nikola Kalinic thumped a low shot against a post from the edge of the box. The con­test was set­tled in the 74th minute when Cor­rea com­bined with fel­low sub­sti­tute Thomas Partey to drive the win­ning goal into the bot­tom cor­ner.

ES­PANYOL made it four wins from four with a 3-1 home win over VIL­LAR­REAL. It took the Cata­lans just six min­utes to get their noses in front with Borja Iglesias set­ting up Hernán Pérez to slot home. Even so, the Yel­low Sub­ma­rine drew level be­fore half-time as Karl Toko Ekambi net­ted. Sergi Darder put Es­panyol back in front in the 78th minute and Pablo Pi­atti wrapped up the scor­ing with vir­tu­ally the last kick of the game.

Enis Bardhi net­ted yet an­other free­kick as LEVANTE reg­is­tered a 1-0 vic­tory at GETAFE. The hosts had the best chance of an un­tidy first half when Oier Olazábal saved spec­tac­u­larly as Ne­manja Mak­si­movic was through oneon-one af­ter 30 min­utes, which kept the score­line goal­less at the break. How­ever, Bardhi struck the match-win­ning goal 15 min­utes into the se­cond pe­riod, his sixth from di­rect free-kicks since join­ing the Va­len­cia-based club in 2017. Levante were able to hold on for the win, while Getafe had Fran­cisco Por­tillo sent off in stop­page time for com­ments to the ref­eree.

GIRONA went down 3-2 to EIBAR in an en­ter­tain­ing en­counter at the Es­ta­dio Mon­tilivi. Charles gave the vis­i­tors the lead from the penalty spot on 12 min­utes, but Cristhian Stu­ani pro­duced two goals in three min­utes just be­fore the break to hand the home side the ad­van­tage. None­the­less, their joy was short-lived as Anaitz Ar­billa re­stored par­ity in first-half in­jury time to draw the Basques level. A su­perb Sergi En­rich header 20 min­utes from time en­sured Eibar moved away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone and into mid-ta­ble.

REAL VAL­LADOLID con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive start to the sea­son with a lone goal from Rubén Al­caraz enough to earn a 1-0 home win over strug­gling HUESCA, which sees them rise to sev­enth in the ta­ble. A 27th-minute free­kick from the mid­fielder gave goal­keeper Alek­san­dar Jo­vanovic no chance and proved to be the dif­fer­ence be­tween the teams.

ATH­LETIC BIL­BAO con­tinue to hover above the bot­tom three af­ter go­ing down 3-1 to lo­cal ri­vals REAL SO­CIEDAD in the derby at San Mamés. Mikel Oyarz­a­bal scored the first of two penal­ties on the half-hour mark when Iñigo Martinez was ad­judged by VAR to have com­mit­ted a foul in the area. Los Leones re­sponded im­me­di­ately with a close-range strike from Iker Mu­ni­ain, but La Real re-took the lead two min­utes into the se­cond half when Luca San­galli met a cross from Igor Zubel­dia to steer home. So­ciedad made sure of all three points af­ter Oyarz­a­bal net­ted again from the spot in the 74th minute to leave Bil­bao 17th in the stand­ings.

LE­GANÉS climbed off the foot of the ta­ble thanks to a 1-0 win over neigh­bours RAYO VAL­LE­CANO at Bu­tar­que. Guido Car­illo got El Geta off to a great start when he turned in a Michael San­tos cross in the 14th minute, and it turned out to be the only goal of the game. Rayo im­proved in the se­cond half and Ál­varo Me­drán rat­tled the cross­bar with a free-kick in the 73rd minute, be­fore Ós­car Ro­dríguez came close with an at­tempt. But Me­drán was sent off af­ter pick­ing up a se­cond yel­low card on 82 min­utes, al­low­ing Le­ganés to see out the match com­fort­ably with a man ad­van­tage.

Sevilla moved top of La Liga with vic­tory over Celta Vigo

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