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First division – day 13

Bragging rights for Sevilla after they beat city rivals Betis 1-2 in the last match on Sunday. Ocampos fired the visitors into an early lead, and although Loren poked one back after Emerson headed back a long cross on the stroke of half time, De Jong latched on to Banega’s pass to score the winner some ten minutes in to the second half. Lopetegui’s side are now a point below the joint leaders in fourth, level on points with Atlético Madrid, who beat Espanyol 3-1 earlier in the afternoon. Darder put the Catalans in front before the break, but Morata set up Correa to level it on the stroke of half time, and then scored a second himself from Vitolo’s pass before Koke completed the scoring in injury time. Real Sociedad are down to fifth, and four teams are tied on twenty points below them, including Athletic Bilbao, who came from a goal down to beat Levante 2-1, second half strikes by Muniain and Capa overturning Postigo’s opener. Muniain. Getafe are just behind Athletic on goal difference after drawing 0-0 with Osasuna, but Villarreal drop to eleventh after they lost 3-1 at Mallorca in the mid-day kick-off. The first three goals all came from the penalty spot, Lago Junior, Dani Rodríguez and Cazorla the scorers before Japan’s Take Kubo made sure of the three points with an impressive shot from outside of area. (10.11.19)

Back to normal this weekend, with Barcelona and Real Madrid leading the rankings going into the international break after both recorded comfortable wins on Saturday. Barcelona stay top on goal difference after they beat Celta 4-1 in the last match of the evening, Messi notching up his 34 th Liga hat-trick, starting with a penalty after Aidoo handled in the area. Olaza levelled it with a free kick, but Messi responded with two of his own either side of the interval, and Busquets wrapped things up after good work by Dembélé late on. The Galicians, who named Oscar García as their new coach this week, stay down in the bottom three as a result. Earlier in the day Real Madrid won 0-4 at a rainy Eibar to take their tally over the last four days to ten goals. Zidane’s side went three up with only half an hour on the clock, Benzema opening the scoring with an angled shot, and Ramos and Benzema converting penalties after Hazard and Lucas Vázquez were fouled in the area. Valverde made it four on the hour mark after Modric set him up, and Courtois made a couple of good saves after that for his fifth clean sheet in a row. Elsewhere Valencia beat Granada 2-0, Daniel Wass and Ferran getting the goals in the second half to take the Ches up to seventh, level on points with the Andalusians, who suffered their third defeat in a row. And Alavés beat Valladolid 3-0 in the early kick-off, Joselu and Tomás Piña netting in the first half, and Lucas Pérez scoring for a record seventh game in a row after he converted a second half penalty following a foul by Raúl Alcaraz on Rubén Duarte. (09.11.19)

Real Sociedad are the overnight leaders of La Liga after they drew 1-1 against bottom club Leganés in the Friday night game. The Basque side had not topped the first division for 16 years, but a header by Merino from a corner put them in front midway through the second half. En-Nesyri headed in Roque’s cross a few minutes later though to get new coach Javier Aguirre off to a good start. (08.11.19)