Sevilla couldn’t take advantage of Real Madrid’s loss to Barcelona to boost title race

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Second-placed Sevilla fell once more in La Liga on Sunday, drawing 0-0 at home against Real Sociedad, their seventh tie in their previous nine league games.

Sevilla couldn't take advantage of Real Madrid's loss to Barcelona to boost title race

After losing in extra time to West Ham in the Europa League on Thursday, Sevilla’s domestic title hopes were dealt another blow in a game that Real Sociedad dominated from the start and from which they deserved much more than a point.

Alexander Sorloth of Sociedad had the finest chance of the first half, but his effort deflected off teammate Cristian Porto, who was on the ground in the six-yard box and made an unintentional goal-line save.

Real Sociedad became considerably more active in the second half. Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic made a close-range reflex save from a deflection after first-choice Bono was hurt during the warm-up, and Portu hit the post with a header.

David Silva then hit the crossbar with a header a few minutes later. Adnan Januzaj’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected by Thomas Delaney.

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In the end, it was another unpleasant stalemate for Real Sociedad and another dismal tie for Sevilla.

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Meanwhile, Barcelona boosted their recovery under Xavi by hammering rivals and La Liga leaders Real Madrid 4-0 at the Bernabeu in El Clasico.

Sevilla couldn't take advantage of Real Madrid's loss to Barcelona to boost title race

Barcelona will now move up to third position in the standings with three points in Madrid, as they have a game in hand on their opponents.

While Carlo Ancelotti’s side started well, Aubameyang beat Eder Militao to a cross into the area from Ousmane Dembele shortly before the half-hour mark.

Ronald Araujo doubled Barcelona’s advantage less than 10 minutes later, leaping highest from a corner kick to smash a header past Thibaut Courtois.

Ferran Torres added his name to the score sheet three minutes into the second half, striking high into the roof of the net after Aubameyang set up his colleague with a superb back-heel pass.

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Aubameyang scored his second and Barcelona’s fifth goal after his chipped finish was disallowed for offside after 51 minutes. The goal was upheld when VAR confirmed that the Gabonese international was onside when the ball was sent through.

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