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2016/2017 Spanish Primera División

Sevilla frustrated in Sporting Gijon stalemate

Sevilla suffered a fourth La Liga game without a win when they were held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Jorge Sampaoli's men remain in fourth place after a dismal run that also saw them exit the Champions League against Leicester.

It could have been even worse for the home side after referee Inaki Bikandi reversed a decision to award the visitors a penalty after a trip in the box after half an hour.

Bikandi initially pointed to the spot but then realised that one of his assistants had raised his flag for offside against a Gijon player.

Sevilla had the better of a low-key first period but failed to get past Sporting keeper Pichu Cuellar, who produced a fine performance to keep his side level at the break.

Cuellar stopped a low shot from Samir Nasri and a long-range effort from Joaquin Correa before denying Wissam Ben Yedder.

The in-form keeper produced his best stop four minutes into the second half when he got down low to deny Vitolo.

Steven N'Zonzi had Sevilla's best chance to grab a winner nine minutes from time when he created space for himself in the box but flashed his shot wide from a tight angle.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 33 +51 77
2 Atletico Madrid 33 +27 68
3 Real Madrid 33 +21 64
4 Getafe 33 +14 54
5 Valencia 33 +10 52
6 Sevilla FC 33 +12 52
7 Athletic Bilbao 33 -4 46
8 Alavés 33 -7 46
9 Real Betis 33 -6 43
10 Espanyol 33 -9 42
11 Real Sociedad 33 -2 41
12 Leganes 33 -5 41
13 Eibar 33 -3 40
14 Villarreal 33 -4 36
15 Celta Vigo 33 -9 35
16 Girona 33 -12 34
17 Levante 33 -14 34
18 Real Valladolid 33 -19 32
19 Rayo Vallecano 33 -21 28
20 Huesca 33 -20 26