La Liga: Sevilla pips La Real, Eibar blanks Celta Vigo
In-form Real Sociedad was stopped in its tracks on Sunday, downed by Sevilla 3-2 thanks to an 80th minute strike by substitute Franco Vazquez. La Real had a shot at the top spot in the La Liga table, but was comprehensively beaten by Sevilla who out-shot them 21-5, including 8-2 on target.
Mikel Oyarzabal put the visitors ahead at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium just four minutes in, but Nolito cancelled that out in the 18th minute with a fabulous volleyed effort at the far post on a bullet delivery from Ever Banega. Lucas Ocampos produced a highlight-reel solo goal just after halftime to put Sevilla up 2-1, and Vazquez poked home a saved cross with 10 minutes to go to seal the game. La Real grabbed a late consolation goal from Portu but it wasn’t enough to salvage the game.
Elsewhere, Eibar topped Celta Vigo 2-0 on second-half goals from Edu Exposito and Fabian Orellana. Celta Vigo held over 60% possession but could only muster three total shots to Eibar’s seven. The defeat leaves Celta Vigo with just one win in seven matches, while Eibar moves away from the relegation zone and up to 11th with eight points.
Real Valladolid went on the road and topped 10-man Espanyol 2-0. Michel bagged a penalty in the first half before a stoppage-time goal from Oscar Plano put the cherry on top. Fernando Calero was sent off in the 65th minute with a straight red card, leaving the hosts with a long way back. Plano’s goal marks his third of his in-form season, plus a pair of assists.
Alaves won 2-0 at home over Mallorca on goals from Lucas Perez and Joselu, both coming in the final 15 minutes. Perez came in just before the hour mark and scored from the spot in the 76th minute, while the former Newcastle striker seal the deal four minutes from full-time. Alaves dominated the attacking intent, out-shooting the visitors 11-5 (6-1 on target) and winning the xG battle 1.94-0.17. Alaves moved up to eight points on the young season, level with four other clubs, while Mallorca sat on just four points which left them in the relegation zone.
Levante and Osasuna drew 1-1 as the former survived the final 18 minutes a man down. Hernani and Ruben Garcia cancelled each other out, while the Levante goalscorer was sent off in the 72nd minute after picking up a second yellow card, but Osasuna could only put three of their 18 shots on frame.