Sevilla win 4th straight to maneuver nearer to Champions League

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Sevilla beat Mallorca 2-Zero in 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 aim in each half to provide Sevilla its fourth straight win and left the team a degree away from securing fourth place and a return to Europe’s prime club contest. “We knew this was a key match for us,” Sevilla midfielder Fernando mentioned. “This victory leaves us very near attaining our aim.”

Sevilla made it to the Champions League quarterfinals in 2018 however didn’t qualify for the contest this season. It has played in the Europa League as an alternative, where it can face Roma in the spherical of 16.

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Sevilla, unbeaten because the league resumed following the pandemic break, moved 9 points ahead of fifth-place Villarreal, which hosts Real Sociedad on Monday with an opportunity to get back to inside six points with two rounds to go. Villarreal has the head-to-head tiebreaker benefit over Sevilla.

Mallorca dropped to second-to-last place, three points from security. It might end the spherical 4 points back relying on different outcomes. Mallorca had won two of its last three matches.

Mallorca’s loss meant each Eibar and Valladolid will keep in the highest flight.

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

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

Zinedine Zidane’s team would then require one other victory — or two attracts — from its final two matches to clinch the title.

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

VALENCIA HIT

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

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

The outcome dropped Valencia to ninth. Fifth and sixth locations will safe spots for the second-tier European club contest. Valencia’s hole to sixth-place Getafe is three points.

It was the second win in three matches for Leganés, which saved alive its probabilities of escaping relegation. The club from southern Madrid moved to 18th, three points from security.

Leganés played with 10 males from the 54th after Jonathan Silva was sent off with a straight red card for a tough foul from behind. He was initially proven a yellow however video evaluation decided that a red card was warranted.

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

Valencia’s finest probability to equalize also came from the penalty spot, however playmaker Dani Parejo had his shot saved by Leganés goalkeeper Iván Cuéllar in the 60th.

OTHER RESULTS

Athletic Bilbao saved 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 outcome 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 points away from the relegation zone.

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

CÁDIZ PROMOTED

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

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