Madrid: Sharp capturing allowed Sevilla to twice come from behind and take a useful away level in a 2-2 draw at in-form Villarreal on Monday to move up to third place in La Liga.
The outcome took Sevilla to 53 factors from 31 video games and boosted their bid for a Champions League berth whereas inflicting a blow to related ambitions held by the hosts, who moved up to sixth however are on 48 factors, 4 factors off the highest 4.
Sevilla captain Sergio Escudero hammered residence a stinging shot from outdoors the penalty space for the primary equaliser simply earlier than the break and Munir El Haddadi`s left-foot volley from an acute angle secured a draw at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
Paco Alcacer and Pau Torres each scored to put Villarreal 2-1 forward at halftime as their aspect regarded for a fourth straight win since La Liga returned after the three-month COVID-19 lockdown.
Alcacer reacted quickest to open the scoring within the 18th minute, stabbing residence the rebound from shut vary after the preliminary effort from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa had pressured a point-blank save out of Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
Escudero equalised within the 39th minute as he took benefit of area supplied by a defence that was backing off him.
But the lead didn’t final lengthy as poor marking on the stroke of halftime allowed lanky defender Torres to head residence from a nook and put Villarreal back in entrance.
Munir was one in every of three modifications that Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui made at halftime in a raffle that paid off when one other of the modifications, veteran Jesus Navas, swept a go from one aspect of the sector to the opposite to discover the unmarked Munir.
The 24-year-old former Barcelona participant fired a volley into the online, the candy connection providing a reminder of his potential.
Villarreal introduced on 36-year-old midfielder Bruno Soriano for the ultimate 5 minutes as he made his first look in additional than three years after being persistently troubled by knee issues. He had final performed in May 2017.
Miguel Angel Guerrero missed a golden probability to mood Leganes` relegation considerations when he had his penalty saved in Monday`s late recreation at residence to Granada, whose goalkeeper Rui Silva pushed the 64th minute effort onto the crossbar.
The goalless draw left Leganes second from backside whereas Granada moved up to ninth place.