Sevilla chains another draw, Real Madrid could escape

Sevilla, second classified, ran out of gunpowder and could not pass the goalless draw (0-0) in their visit to Osasuna (12th), this Saturday in the most outstanding match of the day in the 23rd day of the Spanish LaLiga.

The Croatian Ivan Rakitic had a penalty to decide the match for Sevilla in the final discount (90+3), but Sergio Herrera guessed his shot.

In this way, the Andalusian team is provisionally approaching three points behind the leader, Real Madrid, who have a good chance to extend their lead to six units, if they beat Granada (16th) at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

It would be the best way for Real Madrid to heal its wounds after Thursday’s elimination by Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals.

Sevilla chained a fourth game in a row without winning.

Since their 2-1 loss and elimination to Betis in mid-January in the Copa del Rey round of 16, Sevilla have recorded three straight draws in LaLiga. Still second in the table, but loses strength in pursuit of Real Madrid.

In this Saturday’s game in Pamplona, ​​Sevilla tried several times, without success.

The Moroccan Youssef En Nesyri (64) and the Mexican Jesús Corona (70) had two of the clearest in the second half.

‘Tecatito’ Corona had started as a substitute but entered the game early, in the 6th minute, in place of the injured Argentine Gonzalo Montiel.

Frenchman Anthony Martial, recently arrived from Manchester United, started and made his debut in his new Sevilla colours. He played 77 minutes, without being able to score either.

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"We deserved all three points. We remade ourselves in the face of adversity and we leave sad from a complicated field"lamented the coach of Sevilla, Julen Lopetegui.

Cádiz and Alavés, in serious trouble
In the rest of the matches on Saturday, the victory of Celta de Vigo (10th) by 2-0 over Rayo Vallecano (9th) stood out, thus seeing their European aspirations curbed.

The two Celtiñas goals were achieved by Brais Méndez (12, 80).

Elche (14th) and Mallorca (17th) for their part achieved two important victories in their fight for permanence, against two teams that occupy relegation positions.

Elche beat Alavés (19th) 3-1, led by a brace from Pere Milla, and Mallorca defeated Cádiz (18th) 2-1, scoring both of their penalty goals.

"It was an important game and against a direct rival. We came from a bad streak and we needed the three points"celebrated Salva Sevilla, one of Mallorca’s top scorers of the day.

Between Cádiz’s eighteenth place and Mallorca’s seventeenth there are now five points away.

On Sunday, Real Madrid’s match against Granada will close the day’s round of matches, but the main course, due to the prestige of the contenders, will be served at the Camp Nou, where FC Barcelona will face Atlético de Madrid.

This is a key duel for Champions League positions.

Before the game, Atlético (4th) occupies the last place in that ‘Champions zone’, with just one point ahead of Barça (5th).

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