Sevilla rally to maneuver nearer to Champions League spot

Madrid, July 10

Sevilla rallied within the second half to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 within the Spanish league, transferring nearer to a Champions League berth.

The come-from-behind victory in Bilbao on Thursday left Sevilla tied on factors with third-place Atlético Madrid and elevated its hole to fifth-place Villarreal to 6 factors with three rounds to go. Only the highest 4 qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League.

It was the third league win in a row for Sevilla. It had drawn 4 straight earlier than that.

Ninth-place Athletic, which misplaced floor within the battle for a Europa League spot, opened the scoring via Ander Capa within the 29th however the guests bounced again with targets by Éver Banega from a free kick within the 69th and Munir El Haddadi from a header within the 74th.

League chief Real Madrid hosts relegation-threatened Alavés needing a win to regain a four-point benefit over second-place Barcelona, which on Wednesday obtained to inside some extent of the highest after defeating last-place Espanyol 1-0.

Kubo thrives

Japanese teenager Takefusa Kubo scored late to assist Mallorca beat Levante 2-Zero at dwelling, preserving alive the workforce’s hopes of escaping relegation.

The 19-year-old Kubo, who’s enjoying on a mortgage from Real Madrid, hadn’t scored since a league match in November. Colombian ahead Cucho Hernández additionally scored for Mallorca.

The victory moved Mallorca inside three factors of Alavés, which has misplaced 5 straight forward of its journey to face chief Real Madrid on Friday.

Mallorca has gained two of its final three matches. It subsequent visits Sevilla.

Levante stayed in 12th place.

Relegation battle

Eibar stayed 4 factors from security after being held to a 0-Zero draw at dwelling by second-to-last-place Leganés.

Leganés stayed six factors from security with three rounds to go.

Last-place Espanyol was relegated for the primary time after 26 straight seasons within the prime flight after the loss at metropolis rival Barcelona on Wednesday. AP

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