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Spanish Primera BBVA

El Madrigal (ATT 16,000) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: Jesus Gil Manzano

Villarreal Villarreal vs Sevilla Sevilla

Villarreal 1

J Perbet (pen 88)


Sevilla 2

J Cala (24, S/O 87)
C Bacca (71)

No stopping Sevilla

Last Updated: 21/12/13 5:47pm

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Juan Cala headed Sevilla in front

Juan Cala headed Sevilla in front

Sevilla continued their excellent recent run of form by beating Villarreal away from home to move up to seventh place in the Primera Division table.

Unai Emery's side's plan was to frustrate their hosts and it worked perfectly. Juan Cala headed the visitors into the lead in the 24th minute from a set piece, and with 19 minutes remaining Carlos Bacca made sure of the points by taking advantage of a defensive error.

Villarreal had been far from their best but were awarded a penalty late on when Jaume Costa was fouled by Cala, and the defender was shown a straight card.

But Marcelino's side were unable to make the most of the six minutes in which they had an extra man and Sevilla held on for the win, recording their fourth victory in five games, and becoming only the second team this season to leave El Madrigal with the three points.

The Yellow Submarine dominated possession and tried to take the initiative early on in the game, but were thwarted by an organised Sevilla side, who took the lead midway through the first half.

Ivan Rakitic launched a free-kick from 40 plus yards into the box and Cala aimed a looping header at goal which sailed over the head of a stranded Sergio Asenjo and into the top corner.

Manu Trigueros tried to respond not long afterwards, shooting towards the bottom corner from just outside the area, but Sevilla goalkeeper Beto was able to get down low and send the ball out for a corner.

Javier Aquino was later presented with a better chance, glancing a free header wide of the near post, failing to take advantage of smart play and a decent cross by Hernan Perez on the left wing.

Sevilla grew in confidence in the second half, while Villarreal wilted.

Bacca hit the crossbar 14 minutes after the restart, and then Rakitic's long rang effort forced a save from Asenjo.

At the other end Trigueros again tested Beto from a free-kick but the goalkeeper was equal to the shot.

Ten minutes later Villarreal appealed for a penalty when the ball appeared to strike the hand of Federico Fazio, although the defender knew little about it.

But only a minute later an error from Mateo Musacchio gifted Sevilla the second goal of the game.

The defender slid to the ground in an attempt to clear a through ball from Rakitic but made a terrible mess of the move and the ball fell behind him and towards Bacca, who pounced on the loose ball and buried it in the net.

Rakitic then could have put the game to bed, but his shot went narrowly over the bar.

Villarreal were handed a lifeline in the 86th minute when Jaume Costa was tripped in the box by Cala and the defender was sent off.

Substitute Jeremy Perbet sent Beto the wrong way from the spot and the hosts had a total of six minutes including stoppage time to find an equaliser, but the closest they came was when Giovani dos Santos tangled with a teammate in the box and failed to get on the end of a cross from Perbet.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 32 78
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 32 69
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 32 52
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 32 43
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 32 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 32 38
13 Getafe 32 36
14 Elche 32 34
15 Eibar 32 31
16 Levante 32 29
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 32 20