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Sevilla rout Espanyol, boost bid for Champions League

AFP AND Reuters, MADRID and BERLIN

Sevilla kept up the pressure on Athletic Bilbao for the fourth and final Champions League place in La Liga with a 4-1 thrashing of RCD Espanyol at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday.

Goals from Stephane Mbia and Kevin Gameiro had given the hosts a comfortable 2-0 lead at halftime, but Sergio Garcia then halved the deficit from the penalty spot a minute into the second half.

Gameiro struck once more six minutes from time to make the points safe before Ivan Rakitic rounded off the scoring.

A seventh league victory in eight games moved Sevilla to within three points of Bilbao, although the Basque side had a game in hand when they travelled to Levante UD yesterday.

At the bottom of the table, Malaga and Elche eased their relegation fears with home victories over fellow strugglers Granada and Getafe respectively.

Malaga beat their Andalusian neighbors 4-1 in the early kick-off to move up eight points clear of the relegation zone in 11th.

It was a closer contest at the Estadio Martinez Valero, as substitute Richmond Boakye stole all three points for the hosts deep into stoppage-time to seal Elche’s first win in six games.

In other Liga news, Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit to terrorize Borussia Dortmund today, despite a niggle in his knee, as Real seek to build on a 3-0 first-leg lead to make the Champions League semi-finals..

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