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  • Updated: February 12, 2022

La Liga: Papu Gomez's Goal Returns Sevilla On Track In Title Race, Elche Defeated

Argentine playmaker Papu Gomez spurred Sevilla back to winning ways with a second-half goal on Friday leading to a 2-0 success against Elche to keep the pressure on Spanish league leaders Real Madrid.

Gomez found the space to blast in after an impressive solo run with 20 minutes to go with new arrival Anthony Martial teeing up Rafa Mir to head in a second five minutes later.

Second-placed Sevilla ended a series of three consecutive draws to move three points behind Real Madrid who play at Villarreal, sitting sixth, on Saturday.

Sevilla's run of draws had allowed Real to preserve a healthy lead at the top of the table, despite Carlo Ancelotti's side only winning two of their last four games.

Injuries had played a part in Sevilla's dip while Ivan Rakitic missing an injury-time penalty in the goalless draw with Osasuna last weekend was particularly hard to take.

Martial, who joined on loan from Manchester United in January, was supposed to provide some freshness.

He made his debut against Osasuna but was rusty after barely featuring for United in the first half of the season.

"We clearly need more from him," coach Julen Lopetegui said afterwards.

And the French player stepped against Elche even though the side from Alicante pegged back Sevilla in the first half.

Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri proved wasteful, missing three scoring opportunities in the first 20 minutes of a scrappy game with little attacking football.

The striker was replaced by fellow Moroccan international Munir El Haddadi after the break.

Gomez provided the spark with his eighth goal for the Spaniards since joining from Italian club Atalanta last year.

Substitute Mir came off the bench after an hour and sealed the three points, latching on to Martial's cross to beat Edgar Badia in the Elche goal.

For Elche, it was their first defeat of the year after arriving in Seville buoyed by an upturn in form after winning three of their last four matches.

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La Liga Santander 2021/2022 TABLE

La Liga Santander
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 38 86
2 Barcelona 38 73
3 Atletico Madrid 38 71
4 Sevilla 38 70
5 Real Betis 38 65
Full Table



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