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2021-22 LaLiga
  • Sergi Darder (50')
  • Rafa Mir (36')
  • Jules Koundé (76')

Second-placed Sevilla drop more points in draw at Espanyol

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Sevilla FC miss out on 3 points after Espanyol draw (3:03)

Sevilla FC settles for 1 point after drawing 1-1 with Espanyol at RCDE Stadium. (3:03)

Second-placed Sevilla's LaLiga title ambitions suffered another blow on Sunday after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Espanyol, a fourth draw in their last five league matches.

Julen Lopetegui's side have 51 points from 25 games, six points behind leaders Real Madrid and eight ahead of Real Betis in third, who host Mallorca later on Sunday.

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Sevilla went ahead in the 36th minute after Rafa Mir volleyed in from a Papu Gomez cross, but the locals found the equaliser when Sergi Darder headed in from close range five minutes after the break.

Sevilla ended the game with 10 men after defender Jules Kounde was sent off in the 76th minute when he lost his cool and hit Javi Puado while trying to break free from the Espanyol winger's grip.

To add to Sevilla's woes, forward Anthony Martial had to be substituted early in the first half with a left leg injury.

"We were not ourselves against Espanyol," Sevilla midfielder Fernando told reporters.

"It was a complicated game, it was strange. We are struggling with injuries and inconsistency. The best thing right now is to not think about how far we are from the lead. We need to focus game by game."

Spanish LaLiga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 38 +49 86
2 Barcelona 38 +30 73
3 Atletico Madrid 38 +22 71
4 Sevilla 38 +23 70
5 Real Betis 38 +22 65
6 Real Sociedad 38 +3 62
7 Villarreal 38 +26 59
8 Athletic Club 38 +7 55
9 Valencia 38 -5 48
10 Osasuna 38 -14 47
11 Celta Vigo 38 0 46
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 -11 42
13 Elche 38 -12 42
14 Espanyol 38 -13 42
15 Getafe 38 -8 39
16 Mallorca 38 -27 39
17 Cádiz 38 -16 39
18 Granada 38 -17 38
19 Levante 38 -25 35
20 Alavés 38 -34 31