LaLiga: Thrid-placed Sevilla drop points in title race as an own goal helps them secure 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao

Sevilla needed an own-goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao on Friday as the Spanish league resumed after the winter break.

Reuters January 04, 2020 08:59:46 IST
LaLiga: Thrid-placed Sevilla drop points in title race as an own goal helps them secure 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao
  • Sevilla needed an own-goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao on Friday as the Spanish league resumed after the winter break.

  • Third-place Sevilla are four points behind leader Barcelona and two points behind second-place Real Madrid.

  • Barcelona visit last-place Espanyol on Saturday, while Madrid are at Getafe. Atlético Madrid can pull level with Sevilla if they beats Levante, also on Saturday.

Sevilla needed an own-goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao on Friday as the Spanish league resumed after the winter break.

LaLiga Thridplaced Sevilla drop points in title race as an own goal helps them secure 11 draw against Athletic Bilbao

Sevilla are four points behind leader Barcelona and two points behind second-place Real Madrid. Image Courtesy: Twitter @SevillaFC_ENG

Third-place Sevilla are four points behind leader Barcelona and two points behind second-place Real Madrid.

Barcelona visit last-place Espanyol on Saturday, while Madrid are at Getafe. Atlético Madrid can pull level with Sevilla if they beats Levante, also on Saturday.

Bilbao controlled the match in Seville in the first half and went ahead in the 15th minute when right back Ander Capa received the ball on the side of the area and fired a shot under goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

Sevilla increased the pace after halftime and got their reward when Bilbao defender Unai Nuñez deflected a low cross by Lucas Ocampos into his own net with half an hour left.

“They had one scoring chance and put it in,” Ocampos said. “We found our pace in the second half and got the draw. But we leave with a bittersweet taste since we couldn’t get the victory.”

Sevilla will not have Ocampos, their top scorer in the league with five goals, for next round’s match at Madrid after he picked up a fifth booking of the season for a foul in the second half.

Bilbao striker Iñaki Williams had to be substituted for what appeared to be a leg injury late in the match. He walked off the field.

Bilbao, who stayed in seventh place, also earned a 0-0 draw at Madrid in the previous round.

“We are playing well at the back. That is our strength and we need to keep that up,” Capa said. “The own-goal is just too bad.”

Also, Valladolid striker Enes Unal scored his second goal of a brace with 11 minutes left to earn a 2-2 draw at home against Leganés.

Friday’s two games were the first in the Spanish league since it stopped for a winter break in late December.

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