Sevilla frustrated by La Liga debutants Eibar

MADRID, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Sevilla's grip on Spain's fourth Champions League berth weakened when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to top-flight debutants Eibar in La Liga on Sunday.

The stalemate in a poor-quality match at the Sanchez Pizjuan means Valencia are only two points behind Sevilla in fifth after they thumped visiting Rayo Vallecano 3-0 on Saturday.

Eibar, who have outperformed on their first appearance in La Liga despite a tiny budget, are ninth on 20 points. They could be overtaken by Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday if Bilbao win the Basque derby at Real Sociedad.

Barcelona's 0-0 draw at Getafe on Saturday left them four points behind leaders Real Madrid after 15 matches.

Real won 4-1 at Almeria on Friday, extending their Spanish-record winning streak to 20 matches in all competitions, and have 39 points.

Champions Atletico Madrid, in third, can draw level with Barca on 35 points with a win at home to Villarreal later on Sunday.

Espanyol moved up to 11th on 17 points when Christian Stuani's 90th-minute strike secured a 2-1 win at home to Granada, who had midfielder Juan Carlos sent off eight minutes from time and are 16th. (Reporting by Iain Rogers, editing by Alan Baldwin)


Sevilla frustrated by La Liga debutants Eibar

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