Atletico Madrid failed to reclaim top spot in La Liga on Sunday as they were held at home by 10-man Sevilla, with Real Madrid and Valencia also drawing.
Atletico could have reclaimed first place from Barcelona after the champions’ 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday took them a point clear, but Diego Simeone’s side came no closer to scoring than when Antoine Griezmann headed against the post in the 53rd minute, even after Sevilla’s Vitolo was dismissed via a second yellow card with around 30 minutes remaining.
Sevilla coach Unai Emery was also sent from the bench for protesting at the decision, but after goalkeeper Sergio Rico saved from Gabi with eight minutes remaining, his team held out for a valuable point.
While Barca and Atletico both have 48 points, the former have a game in hand on their rivals and a vastly superior goal difference.
Real also fail to win
Their title rivals Real wasted a fine opportunity to narrow the gap between them by drawing the third match of Zinedine Zidane’s reign as manager 1-1 at Real Betis.
In only the seventh minute, Alvaro Cejudo became the first Betis player to score in 638 minutes of competitive football when he volleyed into the top left corner from the edge of the area.
As the first half progressed, Real’s Pepe somehow headed wide from three yards, and Karim Benzema was denied what appeared a clear penalty when Petros brought him down inside the area.
They eventually equalised in the 71st minute, when Benzema tapped in from five yards.
Real remain in third place with 44 points, while Betis are 14th.
Neville still chasing first La Liga win
Gary Neville’s pursuit of a first league victory as Valencia manager continues after his team drew 1-1 at Deportivo La Coruna.
Poor defending allowed Lucas Perez to give the hosts a 27th-minute lead, which he was unfortunate not to extend when another effort was wrongly ruled offside in the second half.
In the third minute of stoppage time, Dani Parejo crossed to Alvaro Negredo, and the striker headed in the crucial equalising goal to take Valencia up to 11th and Depor down to ninth.
Bilbao put five past Eibar
Athletic Bilbao had earlier recovered from conceding the opening goal to defeat Eibar 5-2.
The visitors took the lead in the fourth minute when Borja Baston scored the first of his two goals by finishing a counter attack.
Bilbao equalised through the reliable Aritz Aduriz just eight minutes later from Oscar de Marcos’ cross.
Sabin then headed them in front in the 27th minute, before Aymeric Laporte extended their lead in the 40th.
Baston scored his and Eibar’s second with a penalty five minutes into the second half, before Aduriz tapped in his second from close range after Mikel Balenziaga’s cross, and Mauro dos Santos scored an own goal with 10 minutes to play.
Eibar are in sixth place with 33 points, with Bilbao two places and two points behind them.