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First division – day 13

Real Sociedad are up to eighth in the table, just a point outside of the European spots and only seven below leaders Sevilla, after a 2-1 victory over Celta in the Monday night game. Goals either side of the break by Oyarzabal and Zurutuza put them two up, but Maxi Gómez headed one back with eight minutes to go to set up a nail-biting finish. It was Real’s first home win of the season, and a first defeat for Celta’s new coach Miguel Cardoso, who took over from Antonio Mohamed a few days ago. (26.11.18)

Sevilla are the new leaders of the first division after a 1-0 victory over Valladolid on Sunday afternoon. André Silva headed the only goal on the half hour mark from Sarabia’s cross to take the Andalusians above Barcelona and Atlético in the table. Espanyol stay fifth though after they lost 1-3 to neighbours Girona, Eusebio’s team now level on points with sixth placed Real Madrid. Stuani put the visitors two up with only six minutes gone, and although Borja Iglesias got one back after the break, substitute Doumbia put the result beyond doubt in the last minute. Some five teams are within three points of the European spots though, including Getafe, who drew 1-1 at Athletic Bilbao in the mid-day kick-off. Nolaskoain headed the Basques in front midway through the second half, but Mata levelled it soon afterwards. Athletic drop into the bottom three after Villarreal beat Betis 2-1 in the last match on Sunday, Gerard Moreno and Samu Chukwueze scoring two in as many minutes early on in the second half, and Lo Celso getting a late consolation for the visitors. (25.11.18)

Barcelona stay top of the table pending Sevilla’s game on Sunday after a 1-1 draw at Atlético Madrid on Saturday evening. It was a physical game, with few chances until Diego Costa headed in Griezmann’s corner with a quarter of an hour to go. That took Simeone’s side momentarily two points above their rivals, but with the game in the last minute Messi set up Dembélé for the equaliser. Real Madrid lose ground on the leaders though after a surprise 3-0 defeat at Eibar in the early kick-off. Escalante started things off early on, and Sergi Enrich and Kike García added two more at the start of the second half to hand coach Santiago Solari his first defeat. With teams bunched together closely in mid-table, Eibar jump right up to eighth, just below Levante, who drew 2-2 at bottom club Huesca. Rivera and Etxeita twice gave the locals the lead, but Roger and then Boateng pegged them back both times to frustrate what would have been a first home win in the top flight. Levante’s city neighbours Valencia are now just a point below them as well after a 3-0 win over Rayo Vallecano, who themselves stay in next to bottom spot. The on-form Santi Mina scored twice either side of half time, and Gameiro rounded things off with a quarter of an hour to go. (24.11.18)

Alavés missed out on a chance to go top of the table after they lost 1-0 at Leganés on Friday night. En-Nesyri got the only goal after Jonathan Silva set him up shortly before the break to take his side out of the bottom three. (23.11.18)