Sevilla held 1-1 by Bilbao on the return of Sampaoli; Madrid win
Sevilla fans waited for their first home win in any competition this season on Saturday. Sevilla, who finished fourth last season to earn a Champions League spot, have just one win from 11 total games and remain in 17th place in the Spanish league.
Real Madrid had no such problems at Getafe and, despite dominating lowly rivals Crosstown, settled for a 1-0 victory. The result propelled Madrid top of the league ahead of Barcelona’s game against Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Sampaoli, who coached Sevilla in 2016-17, took over the team on Thursday, a day after Julen Lopetegui was sacked.
“It was a tough match because they are playing very well and we had a lot of baggage,” Sampaoli said. “We suffered in the second half. We will have to see how we can maintain (the intensity) throughout the match. We only had one day to practice. Today we saw some positive things, but others need to be improved.
Óliver Torres capped Sevilla’s initial push with a fourth-minute goal. But Bilbao took charge after half-time and equalized when Mikel Vesga fired a poor clearance from Nemanja Gudelj from outside the box in the 73rd minute.
Bilbao’s Iñaki Williams went close to a winner with a header over the bar in the 88th.
Bilbao finished with 10 men after Ander Herrera saw deep red in stoppage time for fouling Erik Lamela with only Spain keeper Unai Simón to beat.
Bilbao remained in third place two points behind Barcelona as they continued to excel since coach Ernesto Valverde returned for a third stint with the Basque club this summer.
Sampaoli’s next mission is a move to Borussia Dortmund after last week’s 4-1 loss to the German side in the Champions League cost Lopetegui his job.
An early header from centre-back Éder Militão was all Madrid needed to claim victory at Getafe and move three points clear of Barcelona.
With Karim Benzema rested, Militão took over the goalscoring duties. He charged at the near post to hammer home a corner from Luka Modric in the third.
Getafe never went closer than Carles Aleña’s shot saved by goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, who was playing a third game in a row for injured Thibaut Courtois.
The video reviews led to a Rodrygo goal and a penalty against Vinícius Júnior, both Madrid strikers, being canceled.
Ángel Correa scored twice and Jan Oblak made two important saves to lead Atlético Madrid’s 2-1 home win against Girona.
Correa finished off a perfectly placed cross at the far post from Antoine Griezmann to give Atlético the lead in the fifth minute.
Three minutes after half-time, Correa pressured and intercepted a poor pass from goalkeeper Juan Carlos before returning the ball just past him to make it a brace.
Rodrigo Riquelme, who plays for Girona on loan from Atlético, pulled one back in the 66th with a strike that deflected a defender past Oblak.
But Oblak dived twice and extended an arm to prevent two long shots from Aleix García and secure the three points.
“You can’t hit the ball better than Aleix did on those two shots. Atlético have a goalkeeper who brings them points,” said Girona assistant coach Salvador Fúnez, who replaced Míchel Sánchez, suspended.
Atlético moved up to fourth place and will next face a Champions League rematch with Club Brugge, who stunned the Spanish side 2-0 this week.
Almería beat Rayo Vallecano 3-1 at home and ended a four-game losing streak.
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