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2016/2017 Spanish Primera División

Sevilla frustrated in Sporting Gijon stalemate

Sevilla suffered a fourth La Liga game without a win when they were held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Jorge Sampaoli's men remain in fourth place after a dismal run that also saw them exit the Champions League against Leicester.

It could have been even worse for the home side after referee Inaki Bikandi reversed a decision to award the visitors a penalty after a trip in the box after half an hour.

Bikandi initially pointed to the spot but then realised that one of his assistants had raised his flag for offside against a Gijon player.

Sevilla had the better of a low-key first period but failed to get past Sporting keeper Pichu Cuellar, who produced a fine performance to keep his side level at the break.

Cuellar stopped a low shot from Samir Nasri and a long-range effort from Joaquin Correa before denying Wissam Ben Yedder.

The in-form keeper produced his best stop four minutes into the second half when he got down low to deny Vitolo.

Steven N'Zonzi had Sevilla's best chance to grab a winner nine minutes from time when he created space for himself in the box but flashed his shot wide from a tight angle.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 24 +30 53
2 Barcelona 24 +28 52
3 Getafe 24 +14 42
4 Atletico Madrid 24 +8 40
5 Sevilla FC 24 +6 40
6 Villarreal 24 +10 38
7 Valencia 24 +1 38
8 Real Sociedad 23 +8 37
9 Granada 24 -2 33
10 Athletic Bilbao 24 +3 31
11 Osasuna 24 -1 31
12 Real Betis 24 -5 29
13 Levante 24 -6 29
14 Alavés 24 -9 27
15 Real Valladolid 24 -7 26
16 Eibar 23 -10 24
17 Celta Vigo 24 -13 21
18 Mallorca 24 -16 21
19 Leganes 24 -18 19
20 Espanyol 24 -21 19