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First Division - Day 21

Sevilla 3 - Espanyol 2

Sevilla: Beto (Sergio Rico 46’); Diogo Figueiras, Arribas, Kolodziejczak, Fernando Navarro; Iborra, Carriço; Aleix Vidal, Banega (Bacca 79‘), Vitolo (Denis Suárez 78’); Iago Aspas. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Héctor Moreno (Alvaro 34‘), Fuentes; Cañas, Abraham; Paco Montañés (Sergio García 46’), Víctor Sánchez, Salva Sevilla (Pau López 42‘); Stuani. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 15. Stuani (penalty). After Beto brought down Salva Sevilla inside the area.
1-1. 26. Figueiras. First time shot from wide on the right which flew over Casilla.
2-1. 35. Vitolo. Got on the end of low Aleix Vidal cross to turn shot past keeper.
2-2. 77. Víctor Sánchez. Curled shot past Sergio Rico after previous pass blocked.
3-2. 89. Iago Aspas. Picked up Bacca pass and beat Pau López with angled shot.

Yellow cards: Aleix Vidal 12’, Cañas 13’, Beto 14’, Víctor Sánchez 21’, Iborra 37’, Arribas 44’, Lucas Vázquez 45’, Diogo Figueiras 56’, Banega 66’, Bacca 81’, Iago Aspas 90’ / red cards: Casilla 40’.

With fourth placed Valencia not playing until Monday, Sevilla took advantage to move above them in the table after a last minute 3-2 victory over Espanyol. Stuani put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after Beto brought down Salva Sevilla on the quarter hour mark, the keeper lucky to be let off with a yellow card. But ten minutes later Diogo Figueiras caught out Kiko Casilla with a speculative shot from way out on the right of midfield, and a few minutes later Vitolo got on the end of an Aleix Vidal cross to make it two. With five minutes to go to the break the Catalans were left with ten men when Casilla was sent off for handling outside of the area, and Iborra and Iago Aspas hit the post in quick succession as Emery pushed his men forward after the break. However Víctor Sánchez curled a shot past Sergio Rico (who had replaced the injured Beto at half time) to make it all square again with a quarter of an hour to go, and a draw seemed on the cards until Iago Aspas picked up a Bacca assist to fire the winner past Pau López right at the end. It was a small revenge at least for the Andalusians after they were knocked out of the cup by their opponents on Thursday.