Celta draws at Pizjuán and serves the escape to Real Madrid

Villarreal signs up for the ‘Champions’ fight and Cádiz sinks Levante


Sevilla reacted late and drew (2-2) against RC Celta this Saturday on matchday 22 of LaLiga Santander, which gives Real Madrid the chance to escape from the lead, while Villarreal easily beat (3-0) Mallorca to bring the ‘Top 4’ closer and Cádiz won and sank (0-2) Levante.

Julen Lopetegui’s team, absent due to illness, responded with the same medicine they suffered in the first half. Coudet’s men hit in a row before the break, with the collaboration of two bad actions in the local exit of the ball. Cervi and Aspas put up a promising 0-2 but Pijuán was too long to take another step towards the still distant European zone.

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Sevilla pressed in the second half and, although Celta seemed to demonstrate the solidity gained in recent games, the changes ended up tilting the field. Papu Gómez and Oliver Torres, who tried hard and also had the winning goal with a header against the post, made it 2-2. The point keeps the locals unchallenged second (46), although Madrid can take advantage of it against Elche to escape in the fight for the title (49).

For its part, Villarreal resumed its objective of aspiring to the Champions League zone with a comfortable victory against Mallorca, which, with four straight defeats, sees the danger of relegation very close. Unai Emery’s men, with Gerard Moreno out at the last minute, put the match on track with goals from Russo, an own goal, and Trigueros in the first half.

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Mallorca did not appear at La Cerámica and had no reaction in the second half, a placid afternoon for the yellows with Parejo’s 3-0 already at the end. The Balearic team remains pending a relegation zone that left the triumph of Cádiz over bottom Levante, a direct duel that leaves the ‘granotas’ very touched.

The Andalusian team, who had not won in the league since November 5, took off some of the pressure of their delicate situation. For Lisci’s men, victory was a must and they showed it from the start, but after half an hour, Negredo cooled down Ciudad de Valencia. In the second half, nerves gripped the locals and Salvi confirmed the victory for Sergio González’s men.

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