Sevilla trump Sociedad in La Liga

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Real Sociedad were unable to capitalise on a chance to go top of Spain’s La Liga as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at Sevilla on Sunday.

The hosts fought back from a goal down to prevail and move level with champions Barcelona and Sociedad on 13 points after seven matches.

Real Madrid remain top of the table with 15 points.

Fifth-placed Sociedad, fifth, broke the deadlock when Adnan Januzaj’s pin-point ball allowed Mikel Oyarzabal to stab home from close range after four minutes.

However, Nolito equalised with a perfectly struck curling effort into the far corner.

Two minutes after halftime Lucas Ocampos waltzed into the are and smashed home Sevilla’s second.

Franco Vazquez looked to have wrapped up the points for Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan after Alejandro Pozo’s cross was diverted into his path.

However, Portu netted in the 87th minute to set up a nervy finale but Sevilla held on to move sixth.

“We didn’t play our best game,” Sociedad captain Oyarzabal said.

“We fought until the end and made it 3-2 but it couldn’t be.”

Sevilla defended well in the final stages and were good value for the three points.

“We were the better team against a great side,” Sevilla winger Nolito said.

“We have to improve a few things but we have great confidence in this squad, we believe in ourselves and our team.”

Eibar earned a comfortable 2-0 win over Celta Vigo while Real Valladolid won at 10-man Espanyol by the same scoreline.

Second-half strikes by Edu Exposito and Fabian Orellana saw Eibar rise to 11th, while Iago Aspas missed a late penalty for Celta, 17th.

Espanyol are 18th with five points from seven games after meekly tumbling against Valladolid, leaving coach David Gallego in danger.

Michel opened the scoring from the penalty spot for the visitors, 10th, with Espanyol seeing Fernando Calero dismissed in the second half before Oscar Plano netted the second.

Alaves beat Real Mallorca 2-0 to leave the visitors languishing in 19th, while Levante drew 1-1 with Osasuna in a mid-table clash.



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