Sevilla wasted a golden opportunity to get closer to league leaders Real Madrid by drawing in a match they dominated. In La Liga football results, Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia on Wednesday.
Sevilla climbed up to 45 points from 21 games, which is 8 points ahead of Betis in third place. But the current runners-up are still four points behind Real Madrid, while defending champions Atletico Madrid are fourth (33 points).
“We knew that it wasn’t going to be easy play here, we had many opportunities and didn’t take advantage. We will have to accept this result and go back home with one point,” Sevilla defender Karim Rekik informed reporters.
La Liga Football Results – Sevilla Were Held to a 1-1 Draw at Valencia
Sevilla, who were dominating possession, went ahead early in the first half with an own-goal from Mouctar Diakhaby.
The French defender tried to clear a cross from Gonzalo Montiel that the latter had directed to Lucas Ocampos. Diakhaby instead diverted the ball into Jasper Cillessen’s net.
Valencia equalised just before halftime via an opportunist header by Goncalo Guedes from the edge of the six-yard box.
Meanwhile, Valencia defender Jose Gaya, who scored a goal but it did not count for offside, somewhat aggressively challenged Ocampos. And for this foul, he had to quit the pitch in the 88th minute.
Also, in a high-paced first half, Valencia keeper Cillessen went off on account of picking up an injury. Then, the game dropped in intensity.
New signing Jesus Corona entered the game as a substitute, midway through the second half, and sparked life into Sevilla. He created a couple of good attempts on goal but Valencia held on for the draw with second-placed Sevilla.