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La Liga Wrap

Real Betis-Rayo Vallecano (2-2)

Alberto Bueno came off the bench to help Rayo Vallecano secure a 2-2 draw against Real Betis in the first La Liga match on Sunday afternoon.

The result leaves the hosts struggling in last place on the log while Rayo moved out of the relegation zone and into 17th place.

Defender Antonio Amaya headed Betis ahead in the 27th minute before Ruben Castro struck the ball off the crossbar in the 51st minute as the hosts dominated early on in Seville.

Bueno, who was introduced off the bench in the first half, needed just six minutes after the restart to cancel out the deficit with his strike which made it 1-1.

Joan Verdu thought he had wrapped it up with just ten minutes from time, only to see Bueno hit again with a stoppage time euqliser to secure a dramatic four-goal thriller.

Granada-Sevilla (1-2)

Ten-man Sevilla managed to claim a last gasp winner over Granada to record a 2-1 victory in their La Liga fixture on Sunday evening.

Carlos Bacca inspired the Andulsian outfit to the victory after he scored the first and set-up the match winning strike for his team.

The away side dominated the display and they found themselves a goal up after 23 minutes. The striker unleashed a shot from just outside the box which sailed into the bottom left hand corner following a brilliant solo run.

Their mission to secure the three points was then handed a bitter blow when Daniel Carriço received a second yellow card for a foul inside the box, conceding a penalty at the same time. Yacine Brahimi finally cancelled out the deficit for Granada with his penalty on the stroke of the hour.

But Bacca was having none of it when he supplied Kevin Gameiro with a crucial ball just two minutes from time. The Sevilla man fired a brilliant volley straight into the back of the net, leaving the goalkeeper helpless and wrapping up a victory the visitors could be proud of.

Valencia-Osasuna (3-0)

Jonas scored a hat-trick as Valencia recorded an emphatic 3-0 victory over a ten man Osasuna side in their league encounter on Sunday evening.

The victory was crucial for the home side’s position on the table as they look to edge their way close to a European berth, but they were aided after Francisco Puńal was shown red after just 16 minutes of player.

The referee had no choice but to deal the Osasuna man his marching orders and it opened the floodgates for late onslaught by the Valencia.

The first of the trio of strikes arrived inside the first hald stoppaged when Jonas received a delightful pass inside the box to smash a low drive into the bottom right corner. Clinical finish!

That strike only spurred him one for another four minutes into the second 45 when he connected onto the beautiful cross and fired the ball inside the right post. 

Both of his strikes were two beautiful and flawless efforts but his third, in the 54th minute, was aided by the woodwork.  He made a yard for himself and sent a wonderful strike which rebounded under the crossbar only to see it deflect into the back of the net to make it 3-0.

The defeat leaves Osasuna lingering dangerously above the relegation zone by a mere point.


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