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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Dani Parejo (45'+1' PEN)

Valencia scrap their way to crucial win over Sevilla with Parejo goal

Valencia withstood a second-half onslaught to beat Sevilla 1-0 away in La Liga on Sunday, striking a crucial blow in their bid to qualify for next season's Champions League, while harming Sevilla's chances of securing a top-four place.

Valencia captain Dani Parejo gave his side the lead against the run of play from the penalty spot right at the end of the first half after a clumsy foul from former Valencia midfielder Ever Banega.

Although Valencia forward Kevin Gameiro struck the underside of the bar in the second half, Sevilla utterly dominated the game, firing 17 shots at goal to Valencia's four but repeatedly missed the target and were thwarted by visiting goalkeeper Neto.

They also had a penalty appeal deep in stoppage time turned down and had a goal correctly ruled out for offside in the final incident of the game.

The victory took Valencia up to sixth in the La Liga on 43 points after 29 games, level with Sevilla who slipped to seventh.

Both sides are three points behind Getafe, who lost 2-0 to Leganes on Saturday but still occupy fourth place.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 38 +54 87
2 Atletico Madrid 38 +26 76
3 Real Madrid 38 +17 68
4 Valencia 38 +16 61
5 Getafe 38 +13 59
6 Sevilla FC 38 +15 59
7 Espanyol 38 -2 53
8 Athletic Bilbao 38 -4 53
9 Real Sociedad 38 -1 50
10 Real Betis 38 -8 50
11 Alavés 38 -11 50
12 Eibar 38 -4 47
13 Leganes 38 -6 45
14 Villarreal 38 -3 44
15 Levante 38 -7 44
16 Real Valladolid 38 -19 41
17 Celta Vigo 38 -9 41
18 Girona 38 -16 37
19 Huesca 38 -22 33
20 Rayo Vallecano 38 -29 32