Seville stuck to his hopes of competing in the Spanish Football League title this season, and overcame one of the important obstacles in his career in the competition, after beating its guest and arch-rival Real Betis 2-1, today, Sunday, in the twenty-sixth stage of the competition, which also witnessed a big victory for Villarreal 5- 1 against Espanyol.
The balance of Seville, which won its second victory in its last three meetings in the competition, rose to 54 points in second place, 6 points behind Real Madrid, “the leader”, while Real Betis, who received its eighth loss in the championship this season and the second in its matches, stopped. The last four, at 46 points, are in third place.
The hosts settled the Seville derby in their favor, after veteran Croatian Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring in the 24th minute from a penalty kick, before Moroccan star Mounir El Haddadi added the second goal for Seville in the 41st minute.
And Sergio Canales scored the honorable goal for Betis in the third minute of the calculated time instead of lost in the second half.
With this victory, Sevilla avenged its 1-2 loss against Betis in the round of 16 of the King’s Cup last January, while it continued its superiority over its opponent after defeating it for the third consecutive match in the Spanish League.
Villarreal revived his hopes of being in the top four in the tournament standings, qualifying for the Champions League next season, after his landslide victory 5-1 at home to Espanyol earlier today.
The balance of Villarreal, who achieved his fourth victory in his last five matches in the championship, rose to 42 points, to advance to fifth place temporarily until the end of the rest of the stage matches, while the balance of Espanyol, who scored only 3 points in his last seven meetings in the championship, stopped at 29 points in Fourteenth place.
Villarreal dominated the match from the first minutes, to advance 3-0 in the first half, as all goals came through Jeremy Pino in the 14th, 20th and 45th minutes.
In the second half, Pino continued his brilliance, adding the fourth goal in the 53rd minute, to establish himself as the undisputed champion of the match by scoring a “Super Hattrick”, while Albanian Kaydi Bari scored Espanyol’s only goal in the 65th minute.
Frenchman Boulaye Dia concluded the Villarreal goal celebration, scoring the fifth goal in the 86th minute.
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