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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Youssef En-Nesyri (8')
  • Martin Braithwaite (20')
  • Óscar Rodríguez (82')

Leganes dent Sevilla's Champions League dream, bolster survival hopes

Leganes players celebrate after scoring a goal against Sevilla in La Liga. Getty Images

Leganes dented Sevilla's bid to qualify for next season's Champions League with an emphatic 3-0 away win on Friday in La Liga.

Victory at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan ensured the visitors are safe from relegation while helping Getafe, fourth, and Valencia, sixth, in their bid to finish in the top four ahead of fifth-place Sevilla.

Leganes broke the deadlock after eight minutes when Youssef En-Nesyri scooped an effort into the top corner from just inside the box.

Denmark international Martin Braithwaite doubled the visitors' lead after Sevilla failed to clear a long throw in the box.

Leganes nearly scored again straight after half-time, with goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik making a good save to deny Juanfran.

With Sevilla struggling badly, Leganes wrapped up their impressive triumph when Braithwaite teed up Oscar Rodriguez for the third.

Getafe can move three points clear of Sevilla, who have 55 points from 36 games, if they beat Girona on Sunday, while Valencia can pull level with Joaquin Caparros' side with a win at Huesca.

"In the second half, without improving much, it is true that we tried to score but we were against the clock," said Caparros.

"They were comfortable, they do what they do very well and it's a pity because we lost a good opportunity.

"A defeat is never good but with how little there is to go, it's hard, (but) we'll fight for the six points and compete until the end."

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 32 +39 71
2 Barcelona 32 +39 69
3 Atletico Madrid 32 +18 58
4 Sevilla FC 32 +12 54
5 Getafe 32 +12 52
6 Villarreal 32 +11 51
7 Real Sociedad 32 +7 47
8 Valencia 32 -5 46
9 Athletic Bilbao 32 +8 45
10 Granada 32 0 43
11 Osasuna 32 -9 41
12 Levante 32 -5 41
13 Real Betis 32 -9 37
14 Real Valladolid 32 -10 35
15 Eibar 32 -14 35
16 Alavés 32 -16 35
17 Celta Vigo 32 -6 34
18 Mallorca 32 -25 26
19 Leganes 32 -22 25
20 Espanyol 32 -25 24