La Liga & Serie A: Sevilla win big in race for 3rd; Juve go 7 points clear

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A roundup of Sunday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Celta Vigo 0-3 Sevilla

Sevilla’s 3-0 victory away to Celta sent Jorge Sampaoli’s side six points clear of Atletico Madrid, who play on Monday, in the race for Spain’s third and final automatic spot in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The goals came from an unlikely source, Vicente Iborra, a defensive midfielder who entered Sunday’s game without a single goal scored in any competition for Sevilla this season. At the end of 90 minutes at Balaidos Municipal Stadium, the Spaniard had three goals to his name, all of which were scored in the second half.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Espanyol 2-1 Sporting Gijon
Real Betis 1-0 Athletic Bilbao
Eibar 0-0 Alaves

Monday’s La Liga schedule

Villarreal vs. Atletico Madrid — 2:45 p.m. ET

Torino 1-3 Juventus

Juventus fell behind early, to Andrea Belotti’s opener in the 16th minute (his 11th league goal of the season), but Gonzalo Higuain celebrated his 29th birthday with a pair of goals (nos. 8 and 9 in his first season in Turin) before Miralem Pjanic added the third in second-half stoppage time, as Juve prevailed in the Turin derby and went seven points clear of joint-second-place title chasers Roma and AC Milan, who will square off on Monday.

Cagliari 0-5 Napoli

Dries Mertens bagged a hat trick of his own as Napoli steamrolled 14th-place Cagliari away from home, moving to within a single point of Roma and Milan in the chase for Champions League qualification. Marek Hamsik and Piotr Zielinski also tallied on the day in extending a suddenly resurgent Napoli side’s unbeaten run to five games.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Inter Milan 2-0 Genoa
Atalanta 1-3 Udinese
Palermo 0-2 Chievo
Bologna 0-0 Empoli

Monday’s Serie A schedule

Fiorentina vs. Sassuolo — 1 p.m. ET
Roma vs. AC Milan — 3 p.m. ET