La Liga: Sevilla take top spot with 1-0 win over Valladolid
Both teams played aggressively from the beginning of the match at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Real Valladolid had better attacking plays; however, it could not reach keeper Tomas Vaclik's net too many times.
The Portuguese striker, who has been shining this season, got the home side on the scoreboard on a remarkable header from inside the area, off a cross from teammate Pablo Sarabia.
Valladolid showed no reaction to the host's advantage, while its goalkeeper, Jordi Masip, had to make a couple of saves.
After the break, the visitors tried to respond to the 1-0 deficit.
Valladolid's coach, Sergio Gonzalez Soriano, gave a break to his side's offense, inserting Enes Unal, Daniele Verde and later Leonardo Suarez, a move that caused trouble for the hosts.
The visitors were faster and Turkey's Unal scored for Valladolid off a corner kick. The goal, however, was annulled by the referee after consulting the VAR system, as one of his teammates was offside.
Valladolid did not throw in the towel, but another goal by Unal was annulled due to an offside and Sevilla managed to get the three points.
With its eighth victory of the 2018-19 season, Sevilla is currently atop the La Liga standings with 26 points, with a one-point lead on defending champion Barcelona and a two-point advantage on third-place Atletico.
Valladolid, for its part, was handed its fourth defeat of the season, in addition to four wins and five draws, to provisionally hold 12th place, with 17 points.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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