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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Roque Mesa (41')
  • Pablo Sarabia (80')

Sevilla boost top four hopes with win over Alaves on Mesa, Sarabia goals

Sevilla improved their chances of qualifying for the Champions League by beating fellow top-four chasers Alaves 2-0 at home on Thursday with goals from Roque Mesa and Pablo Sarabia to move within one point of fourth-placed Getafe.

Sevilla last week lost a crucial game 1-0 at home to Valencia, who are fifth, but fared better this time as Mesa gave them the lead with an exquisite first-time finish into the far top corner in the 41st minute.

Joaquin Caparros' side were not content with their lead and spent most of the second half looking for another goal, finally getting it through midfielder Sarabia's cool low finish after being picked out by striker Wissam Ben Yedder.

The win took Sevilla up to sixth on 46 points, level with Valencia and one point behind Getafe who occupy the final Champions League spot with eight games left.

Alaves would have gone level on points with Getafe with a victory but instead slid to seventh and remain on 44.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Real Madrid 34 +41 77
2 Barcelona 33 +39 70
3 Atletico Madrid 34 +21 62
4 Sevilla FC 33 +15 57
5 Villarreal 33 +13 54
6 Getafe 34 +11 53
7 Real Sociedad 33 +8 50
8 Athletic Bilbao 34 +9 48
9 Valencia 34 -7 47
10 Granada 34 +2 47
11 Osasuna 34 -7 45
12 Levante 33 -5 42
13 Real Valladolid 34 -9 39
14 Real Betis 34 -11 38
15 Alavés 34 -19 35
16 Celta Vigo 34 -10 35
17 Eibar 33 -16 35
18 Mallorca 34 -24 29
19 Leganes 34 -24 28
20 Espanyol 34 -27 24