2021-22 LaLiga

Faltering Sevilla held to third consecutive draw

Second-placed Sevilla stumbled once again as they drew 0-0 at home against Real Sociedad in LaLiga on Sunday, a remarkable seventh draw in their last nine league matches.

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After being knocked out of the Europa League with an extra-time defeat to West Ham United on Thursday, Sevilla's domestic title ambitions suffered another blow in a game that Real Sociedad dominated from the start and deserved much more than a point.

Julen Lopetegui's Sevilla side have 57 points from 29 games, nine points behind leaders Real Madrid who have a game in hand and will host fourth-placed Barcelona later on Sunday.

Fifth-placed Real Sociedad are still in contention for a top-four finish with 48 points.

"We gave everything, but we must give more," Sevilla defender Jules Kounde told reporters.

"I'm very angry because we wanted to show more for our fans who deserve better. We keep dropping points and have less and less advantage in the standings."

In heavy rain, the visitors had several opportunities to secure the win while Sevilla ended the match having had no shots on target.

Real Sociedad's Alexander Sorloth had the best opportunity of the first half but his effort deflected off team mate Cristian Porto, who was on the floor in the six-yard box and made an involuntary goal-line stop.

In the second half, Real Sociedad were even more aggressive.

Sevilla keeper Marko Dmitrovic, a late replacement for first-choice Bono who was injured during the warmup, made a close-range reflex save from a deflection and Portu hit the post with a header.

Minutes after that, David Silva hit the bar with another header.

Thomas Delaney deflected a goalbound Adnan Januzaj shot from the edge of the box.

In the end, it was another disappointing draw for Sevilla and a frustrating stalemate for Real Sociedad.