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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Munir El Haddadi (26')
  • Pablo Sarabia (59')
  • Franco Vázquez (63')
  • Giovani Lo Celso (55')
  • Cristian Tello (82')

Sevilla edge out Betis in dramatic derby to go fourth in La Liga

Sevilla lifted their hopes of returning to the Champions League after they beat Real Betis 3-2 in a pulsating derby on Saturday to climb into fourth place in La Liga.

Munir El Haddadi headed the home side in front midway through the first half in a typically raucous atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan but Betis levelled early in the second period through Argentina international Giovani Lo Celso.

Sevilla hit back soon after to re-take the lead in the 59th minute with a flying volley from midfielder Pablo Sarabia and Franco Vazquez promptly extended their advantage with a thumping drive from outside the area.

Cristian Tello set up a tense finale to the game by striking back for Betis in the 82nd minute with a sizzling free kick but Sevilla held on to record their first victory over their rivals in over two years.

The win took Sevilla up to fourth in the standings on 52 points, two above fifth-placed Getafe who are in action on Sunday at Real Valladolid. Betis were left ninth on 43 points.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 34 +53 80
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 34 -9 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 34 -5 40
14 Villarreal 33 -4 36
15 Real Valladolid 34 -18 35
16 Celta Vigo 33 -9 35
17 Girona 34 -13 34
18 Levante 33 -14 34
19 Huesca 34 -18 29
20 Rayo Vallecano 33 -21 28