Sevilla’s thin victory at Jose Zorilla Stadium highlights La Liga’s Sunday action.
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Real Valladolid 0-1 Sevilla
If it wasn’t for video assistant referee (VAR), there’s a good chance that Julen Lopetegui and company would have walked away from Valladolid with a point, not three.
Following a heavy challenge from Valladolid captain Javi Moyano on Nolito, VAR’s intervention concluded that the visitor’s were to be awarded a penalty. Ever Banega’s strike from the spot was stopped by Jordi Masip, only for VAR to overturn the sequence due to encroachment from Masip.
A second time around, Banega rifled the ball into the top right corner of the goal, scoring the first and lone goal of the match.
With the win, Sevilla moved ahead of Atletico Madrid and remain one point away from leaders Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“There is a long way to go and I think my team has a big margin for improvement,” Sevilla manager Lopetegui said following the game. “We are competing well and are happy we got the three points.”
After receiving his second yellow card of the night, Lucas Ocampos was sent off in stoppage time for the visitor’s. The Argentine has accumulated five goals in 12 appearances this season, leading the team.
Sevilla’s win brings and end to Valladolid’s – owned by Brazilian legend Ronaldo – unbeaten streak at home this season.
Unbeaten in eight straight games across all competitions, Sevilla travel back to Seville to host Qarabag in Europa League competition, while Real Valladolid – now in the 14th spot – travel to Celta to try and overturn their two-game losing streak.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Espanyol 1-1 Getafe
Osasuna 1-2 Athletic Bilbao
Eibar 0-2 Alaves
Villarreal 1-3 Celta Vigo