Sevilla wins late to move even with Atletico in 3rd place

Wissam Ben Yedder scored three minutes after entering the game to give Sevilla a late 2-1 win over 10-man Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Thursday.

Sevilla's French forward Wissam Ben Yedder scored the winner.   -  AFP

Wissam Ben Yedder scored three minutes after entering the game to give Sevilla a late 2-1 win over 10-man Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Thursday.

The victory moved Sevilla even on points with third-place Atletico Madrid with four matches left. Third place guarantees an automatic spot in the Champions League next season, while the fourth-placed team has to go through a playoff.

Ben Yedder netted the winner from close range after a low cross by Samir Nasri in the 79th minute, beating a defender to the ball and hitting the top of the net with a right-footed shot.

Joaquin Correa put the host ahead after halftime, and Iago Aspas equalized by converting a penalty kick just four minutes later.

Sevilla dominated from the start and was pressuring vigorously in search of the winner, especially after Celta went a man down when midfielder Pablo Hernandez was sent off with a second yellow card in the 56th.

Sergio Escudero and Nasri each struck the crossbar a few minutes apart late in the second half, and Vicente Iborra also had hit the woodwork earlier in the game played under steady rain in Seville.

It was the third win in four matches for Sevilla after a streak of five games without a win.

Sevilla and Atletico are level on points, but the Madrid club is ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker.

ALAVES 0, EIBAR 0

Alaves drew its second consecutive game after being unable to defeat Eibar despite playing with an extra man from the 26th minute.

Eibar goalkeeper Asier Riesgo was sent off with a straight red card after touching the ball with his hand outside the area while trying to contain a breakaway.

The scoreless draw left the teams near the middle of the table. Eibar was eighth and promoted Alaves is 10th.

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