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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 12 +18 25
2 Real Madrid 12 +16 25
3 Atletico Madrid 13 +7 24
4 Sevilla FC 13 +3 24
5 Real Sociedad 13 +7 23
6 Athletic Bilbao 13 +5 20
7 Getafe 13 +3 20
8 Granada 13 +2 20
9 Valencia 13 +1 20
10 Osasuna 13 +3 19
11 Villarreal 13 +7 18
12 Levante 13 0 17
13 Real Valladolid 13 -3 17
14 Alavés 13 -4 15
15 Eibar 13 -7 15
16 Mallorca 13 -7 14
17 Real Betis 13 -8 13
18 Celta Vigo 13 -12 9
19 Espanyol 13 -16 8
20 Leganes 13 -15 6