Sevilla lays an egg against Celta Vigo
LA LIGA RESULTS
|Saturday, October 20|
|Real Madrid||2-0||Celta Vigo|
|Sunday, October 21|
|Real Sociedad||0-1||Atletico Madrid|
|Monday, October 22|
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After having Celta's best chances early on, Iago Aspas scored a 60th minute penalty after Sevilla midfielder Hedwiges Maduro blocked the striker's free kick with his arm inside the box. It was Aspas' third goal in seven league games.
Celta's second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez tipped Alvaro Negredo's header over the bar in the 76th to protect the lead before Enrique de Lucas scored with a header five minutes from time.
Sevilla forward Juan Antonio Reyes saw his first action as a second-half substitute after missing four games with a shoulder injury, but he could do nothing to prevent his team's second straight loss.
''We needed the win,'' said De Lucas. ''We are playing poorly away but well at home. We hope that this victory can give us some momentum to carry forward.''
Paco Herrera's side move into the top half as a result of the win, and few could take issue with their performance as they dominated throughout.
The goals of Alvaro Negredo have been crucial to Sevilla's start to the season, and Celta did well to keep him away from the action for most of the night.
He did serve early warning with a sixth-minute riser, but Celta came into the game after that and Gustavo Cabral should have done better with a close-range header.
Baba Diawara and Park Chu-young then traded efforts, with Park drawing a save out of Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop, before Alex Gomez whistled a 25-yarder just wide of his goal.
The same player then had an effort blocked by Alberto Botia, and the home side's pressure continued after the break as Aspa worked Palop from outside the area.
Their dominance paid off on the hour, too, as Aspas put them ahead from 12 yards after Hedwiges Maduro handled the same player's edge-of-the-box free-kick.
Sevilla realized a response was necessary and Jose Antonio Reyes took aim from 30 yards, while Negredo did the same to no effect.
Manu then forced Sergio Alvarez into his first save of the night with a header and, having rode the storm, Celta killed their opponents off as De Lucas broke on to Augusto Fernandez's pass to finish things off from just inside the area.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.