Sevilla takes advantage of the bad moment of Barcelona and Real Madrid and is new leader in La Liga

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Sevilla defeated Celta de Vigo 2-1, with goals by Pablo Sarabia and Wissam Ben Yedder, and took over the leadership of the Spanish soccer league, taking advantage of the bad moment that Barcelona and Real Madrid are going through.

The Sevilla team jumped into the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán stadium pitch aware that Real Madrid had failed the previous day in his visit to Mendizorroza, where they fell 1-0 in the last breath against Alavés, but faced an anxious Celta return to the winning route.

Despite not enjoying their best minutes, in minute 39 a cross from Jesús Navas from the right was headed in the center of the penalty area by Sarabia to put numbers on the scoreboard and give his team the advantage with which they would go to half-time.

The Celta tried to return, but their action was conditioned by the expulsion of Mexican Néstor Araujo in the 58th minute after receiving two yellow cards in two minutes.

Three minutes later, Ben Yedder would be responsible for putting the 2-0 on the scoreboard in an action that was reviewed via video arbitration (VAR).

The Celta did not get discouraged and kept pressing, to manage to cut the differences in minute 85, when Sofiane Boufal scored, although then there was no time for more.

Meanwhile, in the last match of the day, Barcelona did not manage to go avoid a 1-1 draw in their visit to Mestalla, where Valencia prepared a quite defensive scheme to play against and prevent the Catalans from consolidating in the first place.

The Argentine Ezequiel Garay took advantage of a bad clearance by
defender Gerard Piqué to scoring in just two minutes of play and give
the home advantage.

Barcelona did not change their tactics and kept control of the ball, but crashed again and again on the edge of the big area until minute 23, when Lionel Messi found a hole and put the ball out of goalkeeper Neto’s reach to equalize the score.

The rest of the game passed with absolute dominance of the Catalans, while the Valencian generated situations of danger to the contrary, but without taking the prize of victory.

Now the League has a new leader, Sevilla, with 16 points; followed by Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid with 15 points, and Real Madrid, sunk in a very serious crisis of results, is fourth with 14 points.

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