October 25, 2020

Sevilla win 4th straight to maneuver nearer to Champions League – soccer



Sevilla beat Mallorca 2-Zero within the Spanish league on Sunday to maneuver inside a draw of qualifying for the Champions League subsequent season. Forwards Lucas Ocampos and Youssef En-Nesyri scored a objective in every half to provide Sevilla its fourth straight win and go away the crew some extent away from securing fourth place and a return to Europe’s prime membership competitors. “We knew this was a key match for us,” Sevilla midfielder Fernando stated. “This victory leaves us very near attaining our objective.”

Sevilla made it to the Champions League quarterfinals in 2018 however didn’t qualify for the competitors this season. It has performed within the Europa League as a substitute, the place it’s going to face Roma within the spherical of 16.

Sevilla, unbeaten for the reason that league resumed following the pandemic break, moved 9 factors forward of fifth-place Villarreal, which hosts Actual Sociedad on Monday with an opportunity to get again to inside six factors with two rounds to go. Villarreal has the head-to-head tiebreaker benefit over Sevilla.

Mallorca dropped to second-to-last place, three factors from security. It might finish the spherical 4 factors again relying on different outcomes. Mallorca had received two of its final three matches.

Mallorca’s loss meant each Eibar and Valladolid will keep within the prime flight.

Ocampos opened the scoring by changing a 41st-minute penalty kick, trying a technique and sending his shot the opposite, and En-Nesyri sealed the house win after a breakaway within the 84th.

Chief Actual Madrid visits midtable Granada on Monday seeking to regain a four-point lead on second-place Barcelona and transfer nearer to its first Spanish league title in three years.

Zinedine Zidane’s crew would then want one other victory — or two attracts — from its remaining two matches to clinch the title.

Barcelona, the two-time defending champion, stayed inside some extent after a 1-Zero win at Valladolid on Saturday.

VALENCIA HIT

Valencia’s possibilities of making the Europa League subsequent season took successful with a 1-Zero loss at relegation-threatened Leganés.

Valencia couldn’t keep away from the loss — its fourth in six matches — regardless of taking part in with an additional man for nearly your entire second half. It additionally wasted a penalty kick at Butarque Stadium.

The consequence dropped Valencia to ninth. Fifth and sixth locations will safe spots for the second-tier European membership competitors. Valencia’s hole to sixth-place Getafe is three factors.

It was the second win in three matches for Leganés, which stored alive its possibilities of escaping relegation. The membership from southern Madrid moved to 18th, three factors from security.

Leganés performed with 10 males from the 54th after Jonathan Silva was despatched off with a straight pink card for a tough foul from behind. He was initially proven a yellow however video assessment decided {that a} pink card was warranted.

Rubén Pérez scored the winner for Leganés by changing an 18th-minute penalty kick.

Valencia’s finest likelihood to equalize additionally got here from the penalty spot, however playmaker Dani Parejo had his shot saved by Leganés goalkeeper Iván Cuéllar within the 60th.

OTHER RESULTS

Athletic Bilbao stored alive its personal hopes of qualifying for the Europa League with a 2-1 win at Levante with a double by midfielder Raúl García. The consequence moved Athletic to seventh place.

It was the fourth winless match for Levante, which stayed 12th.

Eibar beat last-place Espanyol 2-Zero to finish a three-game winless streak and is protected at seven factors away from the relegation zone.

It was the seventh straight loss for Espanyol, which had its relegation sealed within the earlier spherical. It can play within the second division after 26 consecutive seasons within the prime flight.

CÁDIZ PROMOTED

Cádiz misplaced 1-Zero to Fuenlabrada on Saturday however secured its promotion to the highest flight on Sunday after Zaragoza misplaced 4-2 to Oviedo. Cádiz hasn’t performed within the first division since 2005-06. It spent seven seasons within the third division since then.