Guests unable to reclaim high spot

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03 Dec 2018, 03:40 IST
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Sevilla coach Pablo Machin

Sevilla couldn’t reclaim high spot in LaLiga regardless of a second-half rally to earn a 1-1 draw at high-flying Alaves.

Pablo Machin’s males started Sunday on the summit, however they had been knocked off their perch by Barcelona’s win in opposition to Villarreal and appeared destined for an extra setback as Jony fired Alaves in entrance at Mendizorroza.

Alaves, who might themselves have climbed to 3rd with victory, retreated into their shells within the second half and Wissam Ben Yedder pounced to assert a share of the spoils, leaving Sevilla a degree behind final season’s champions Barca.

A quiet opening half-hour was adopted by a flurry of motion as Ruben Duarte’s dipping shot nearly crept past Tomas Vaclik at one finish, earlier than Ben Yedder prodded agonisingly extensive on the different.

And Alaves led within the 37th minute when Sergi Gomez’s clumsy header performed Jonathan Calleri onside to drill in a low cross from which Jony smashed excessive into the web.

The shaky Vaclik continued to ask Alaves strain, however Quincy Promes might have levelled for Sevilla when a poor contact pressured him extensive earlier than he clipped a right-footed end previous the put up.

Fernando Pacheco bravely blocked from Franco Vazquez, but he was caught out by Ben Yedder with 12 minutes remaining because the ahead decisively touched Pablo Sarabia’s cross previous the goalkeeper.

Alaves went again on the offensive seeking a late winner and got here agonisingly shut, however Darko Brasanac nodded in opposition to the upright with Vaclik stranded.

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