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First Division - Day 17

Sevilla 1 - Celta 0

Sevilla: Beto; Aleix Vidal, Nico Pareja, Carriço, Fernando Navarro; Krychowiak, M’bia (Trémoulinas 22‘); Reyes, Denis Suárez (Banega 54‘), Vitolo; Bacca (Gameiro 70‘). 4-2-3-1.
Celta: Sergio Alvarez; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Fontàs, Planas; Krohn-Dehli (Madinda 84‘), Radoja, Pablo Hernández; Santi Mina (Borja Iglesias 79‘), Charles (Jonny Castro 28‘), Orellana. 4-3-3.

1-0. 32. Nico Pareja. Curled free kick over defensive wall wide of Sergio Alvarez.

Yellow cards: Vitolo 20’, Cabral 21’, Hugo Mallo 31’, Reyes 45’, Carriço 45’, Krychowiak 52’, Santi Mina 58’, Krohn-Dehli 75’, Orellana 79’ / red cards: Planas 21’.

Sevilla are back up to fourth with a game still in hand after a 1-0 victory over Celta on Saturday evening. The visitors had lost their last five league games and had not scored in six, but they had the better of the opening minutes, Santi Mina bringing an early save out of Beto and Charles wasting a couple of good chances. Denis Suárez had tested Sergio Alvarez at the other end though, and with twenty minutes gone Planas was shown a rigorous red card when he brought down the on-loan Barcelona midfielder as he broke free following a Celta attack. Some ten minutes later the locals took the lead, Nico Pareja curling a free kick into the far top corner of the net, but after the interval the Galicians continued to dominate, Santi Mina lobbing a shot onto the crossbar, Beto turning a Pablo Hernández free kick round the post and Hugo Mallo firing a shot wide. Gradually though they ran out of steam, and Reyes came close to a second when he hit the bar late on. Sevilla are still the only top flight side not to lose at home in the league this season, but neither Emery nor the home fans were too happy with their performance.