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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Munir El Haddadi (26')
  • Pablo Sarabia (59')
  • Franco Vázquez (63')
  • Giovani Lo Celso (55')
  • Cristian Tello (82')

Sevilla edge out Betis in dramatic derby to go fourth in La Liga

Sevilla lifted their hopes of returning to the Champions League after they beat Real Betis 3-2 in a pulsating derby on Saturday to climb into fourth place in La Liga.

Munir El Haddadi headed the home side in front midway through the first half in a typically raucous atmosphere at the Sanchez Pizjuan but Betis levelled early in the second period through Argentina international Giovani Lo Celso.

Sevilla hit back soon after to re-take the lead in the 59th minute with a flying volley from midfielder Pablo Sarabia and Franco Vazquez promptly extended their advantage with a thumping drive from outside the area.

Cristian Tello set up a tense finale to the game by striking back for Betis in the 82nd minute with a sizzling free kick but Sevilla held on to record their first victory over their rivals in over two years.

The win took Sevilla up to fourth in the standings on 52 points, two above fifth-placed Getafe who are in action on Sunday at Real Valladolid. Betis were left ninth on 43 points.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Atletico Madrid 17 +26 44
2 Real Madrid 19 +18 40
3 Sevilla FC 19 +10 36
4 Barcelona 18 +20 34
5 Villarreal 20 +9 34
6 Real Sociedad 20 +13 31
7 Granada 19 -8 28
8 Real Betis 20 -8 27
9 Cádiz 20 -10 24
10 Levante 19 -1 23
11 Getafe 18 -2 23
12 Celta Vigo 19 -7 23
13 Athletic Bilbao 18 -1 21
14 Valencia 19 -1 20
15 Real Valladolid 20 -9 20
16 Eibar 19 -4 19
17 Alavés 20 -11 18
18 Elche 17 -7 17
19 Osasuna 19 -12 16
20 Huesca 20 -15 13