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Sevilla thrash Real Madrid, Leganes stun Barca

MADRID-Real Madrid were thrashed by Sevilla as they and Barcelona lost a La Liga game on the same day for the first time since 4 January 2015.

Andre Silva scored twice in the first 21 minutes – converting a Jesus Navas cross and then firing home a rebound after Navas’ shot was saved.

Gareth Bale hit the post and Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez struck the bar at 2-0.

Wissam Ben Yedder volleyed home a third to wrap up the game before half-time – his sixth goal in three games.

It was Real’s first league defeat this season under Julen Lopetegui and they were deservedly beaten – and never looked like threatening a comeback.

They had 21 shots, but it was quantity over quality, with Bale their only impressive attacking player – although he squandered several good chances to score.

Luka Modric, who was named the world’s best male player at the Best Fifa Football Awards on Monday, also had a goal disallowed by VAR for offside in the second half.

Sevilla, who beat Real 3-2 in their last meeting in May, looked very sharp and could have had more goals on the counter-attack as Real pressed forward.

Real had hoped to take advantage of Barcelona’s shock 2-1 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Leganes earlier on. Surprise package Alaves have the opportunity to join the two rivals on 13 points at the top of the table if they beat Getafe on Thursday. BBC

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