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2015/2016 Spanish Primera División
  • Mario (25')
  • Cédric Bakambu (61')
  • Fernando Llorente (76')

Villarreal end recent barren spell with win over Primera Division rivals Sevilla

Villarreal got back to winning ways with a morale-boosting 2-1 win at home to Primera Division rivals Sevilla.
Spain international Mario Gaspar's scrappy finish gave the hosts the lead and top scorer Cedric Bakambu doubled the lead, before on-loan Fernando Llorente's header made for an exciting final 15 minutes.
Marcelino's side were looking for their first win in four league outings, while Sevilla were fresh from a thumping 5-0 win over Getafe and were unbeaten in four.
Former Sevilla man Denis Suarez was Villarreal's most influential player early in the game and it was he who created the first chance, teeing up Bruno for a half-volley which forced Sergio Rico to dive to his left and punch clear.
Sevilla frontman Kevin Gameiro had a penalty appeal turned down following a clash in the area with Victor Ruiz, before Mario headed a Suarez cross wide.
The hosts took the lead on 25 minutes when Mario fought off four Sevilla players in the box following a corner and poked the ball into the far corner.
The full-back helped create his side's second goal, bursting down the right wing after Robero Soldado had won the ball back to cross for Suarez, whose short pass allowed Bakambu to tap in with ease.
Gameiro was forced off injured after Unai Emery had made his three substitutions, leaving Sevilla with just 10 men for the remaining minutes - although Llorente gave them hope with a close-range header in the 76th minute.

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 Levante 24 -7 30
12 Leganes 24 -5 29
13 Espanyol 24 -10 29
14 Athletic Bilbao 23 -5 27
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 23 -16 18