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2016/2017 Spanish Primera División

Sevilla frustrated in Sporting Gijon stalemate

Sevilla suffered a fourth La Liga game without a win when they were held to a goalless draw at home by lowly Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Jorge Sampaoli's men remain in fourth place after a dismal run that also saw them exit the Champions League against Leicester.

It could have been even worse for the home side after referee Inaki Bikandi reversed a decision to award the visitors a penalty after a trip in the box after half an hour.

Bikandi initially pointed to the spot but then realised that one of his assistants had raised his flag for offside against a Gijon player.

Sevilla had the better of a low-key first period but failed to get past Sporting keeper Pichu Cuellar, who produced a fine performance to keep his side level at the break.

Cuellar stopped a low shot from Samir Nasri and a long-range effort from Joaquin Correa before denying Wissam Ben Yedder.

The in-form keeper produced his best stop four minutes into the second half when he got down low to deny Vitolo.

Steven N'Zonzi had Sevilla's best chance to grab a winner nine minutes from time when he created space for himself in the box but flashed his shot wide from a tight angle.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 14 +20 31
2 Real Madrid 14 +19 31
3 Sevilla FC 15 +5 30
4 Real Sociedad 15 +8 26
5 Athletic Bilbao 15 +8 26
6 Atletico Madrid 15 +6 25
7 Getafe 15 +7 24
8 Valencia 15 +1 23
9 Osasuna 15 +4 22
10 Granada 15 0 21
11 Levante 15 -3 20
12 Real Betis 15 -6 19
13 Villarreal 15 +4 18
14 Alavés 15 -3 18
15 Real Valladolid 15 -4 18
16 Eibar 15 -12 15
17 Mallorca 15 -9 14
18 Celta Vigo 15 -10 13
19 Espanyol 15 -18 9
20 Leganes 15 -17 6