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Sevilla moved level on points with Real Madrid at the top of the table, after coming from behind to beat Real Betis 2-1. Real Betis who had not won in the last five games took the lead towards the end of the first half. Betis took full advantage after Sevilla conceded a free-kick. Durmisi, from around 25 yards out whipped the ball over the wall and into the bottom right-hand corner.

Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli made two changes at half-time, bringing on Wissam Ben Yedder for Pablo Sarabia and Vicente Iborra to replace Franco Vazquez, which helped make the breakthrough. Iborra was at the far post to plant a close-range header goalwards, which Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan beat away but Gabriel Mercado was on hand to knock the rebound into the net with the Betis defence appealing for offside.

Sevilla continued to pile on the pressure and eventually got the winning goal with 14 minutes remaining. This time N’Zonzi got the knockdown, which left Iborra clear in the six-yard box to slot past the keeper. Real Madrid who play later today, have two games in hand over Sevilla.

In yesterday’s early kick-off Alaves beat Valencia 2-1 at home thanks to a late goal from substitute Aleksandar Katai. Carlos Soler had put Valencia ahead on 70 minutes when he finished from a tight angle after Daniel Parejo’s free-kick was saved. The Copa del Rey finalists, rallied and were level within eight minutes when Ibai Gomez drilled in from the edge of the penalty area.

Serbian Katai made an immediate impact, not long after coming on, he was played into the right side of the penalty area by Ruben Sobrino and coolly rounded Diego Alves to secure all three points.

In yesterday’s other games, Leganes ran out 4-0 winners over Deportivo thanks to goals from Alexander Szymanowski, Martin Mantovani, Unai Lopez and Alberto Bueno.

In yesterday’s late kick-off, Eibar returned to winning games with a 3-0 victory over Malaga at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium. Adrian Gonzalez’s scored twice and Sergi Enrich’s scored a second-half penalty which was enough for Jose Luis Mendilibar’s men, who bounced by from last week’s defeat at Sevilla to climb up to seventh in the Primera Division.

Today sees a busy day of football in La Liga, with five matches to be played:

Espanyol vs Osasuna

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona

Athletic Bilbao vs Granada

Sporting Gijon vs Celta Vigo

Villarreal vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid will be hoping to pull clear of chasers Sevilla and Barcelona, with the La Liga title seemingly looking like a three horse race. However, Atletico Madrid can close to within 3 points of third placed Barcelona with a win.