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2015/2016 Spanish Primera División
  • Ciro Immobile (16')
  • Éver Banega (41')

Ciro Immobile and Ever Banega on target as Sevilla see off Espanyol

Sevilla continue on their prolific run of form at home after downing Espanyol 2-0 at the Sanchez Pizjuan.
Ciro Immobile slid in to meet a cross from Vitolo to open the scoring after 16 minutes and then Ever Banega added a second shortly before the break to put Unai Emery's men on their way to a seventh consecutive league win.
The Andalusian side temporarily move ahead of Athletic Bilbao and up to seventh place in the Primera Division, while Espanyol remain 13th in the table, with new coach Constantin Galca tasting defeat in his second game in charge following a 1-0 success over Las Palmas before the Christmas break.
Immobile was the liveliest player on the pitch in the early stages and looked on a mission to add to his tally of one goal since joining Sevilla on loan from Borussia Dortmund in the summer, firing over the bar within minutes of kick off and then forcing Pau Lopez into a save.
It was not long before he was rewarded for his industry, racing to the far post to slide on the ground and poke home Vitolo's cross, a move made possible by a clever through ball from Banega.
The Argentine was then rewarded for his earlier vision, collecting the ball from Danilo and shuffling his way into the box before calmly sliding the ball through the legs of Lopez.
Inspired by the energy of Immobile, Sevilla also dominated the second half but were unable to find more goals, with Lopez forced to make further saves to prevent a drubbing.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 24 +38 54
2 Atletico Madrid 24 +17 47
3 Real Madrid 24 +12 45
4 Sevilla FC 24 +10 37
5 Getafe 24 +9 36
6 Alavés 24 -3 36
7 Real Sociedad 24 +5 34
8 Real Betis 24 -3 33
9 Valencia 24 +4 32
10 Eibar 24 -1 31
11 Athletic Bilbao 24 -4 30
12 Levante 24 -7 30
13 Leganes 24 -5 29
14 Espanyol 24 -10 29
15 Girona 24 -9 27
16 Real Valladolid 24 -10 26
17 Celta Vigo 24 -7 24
18 Villarreal 24 -5 23
19 Rayo Vallecano 24 -14 23
20 Huesca 24 -17 18