Sevilla equalized on Sampaoli's return.  Madrid won

Sevilla equalized on Sampaoli’s return. Madrid won

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Dressed in black jeans and a black T-shirt that didn’t cover his muscular, tattooed arms, Jorge Sampaoli feverishly paced the sidelines at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium as if he wanted to play. .

But although Sevilla’s players appeared to have worn out the intensity of their 62-year-old new coach and took an early lead, they were held to a 1-1 draw by Athletic Bilbao in Sampaoli’s first game.

Sevilla fans were left hoping for their first home win in any competition this season on Saturday. Sevilla, who finished fourth last season to secure a Champions League spot, have just one win in 11 games overall and remain in 17th place in the Spanish league.

Real Madrid had no such problems at Getafe and, despite their usual crosstown rival’s dominance, settled for a 1-0 win. The result lifted Madrid to the top of the league ahead of Barcelona’s game against Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Beginning of SAMPAOLI

Sampaoli, who coached Sevilla in 2016-17, took charge of the team on Thursday, a day after Julian Lopetegui was fired.

“It was a tough game because they are playing very well and we had a lot of possessions,” Sampaoli said. “We suffered in the second half. We have to see how we can maintain (the intensity) in the full match. We only had one day to practice. Today we saw positive things but others have to improve.”

Oliver Torres scored Sevilla’s first goal in the fourth minute. But Bilbao took charge after half an hour and equalized when Michael Vesga fired a poor clincher from outside the area by Nemanja Gudelj in the 73rd.

Bilbao’s Iñaki Williams came close to the winner with a header over the bar in the 88th.

Bilbao finished with 10 men after Ander Herrera saw straight red for a foul on Erik Lamela in stoppage time that only beat Spain goalkeeper Unai Simeone.

Bilbao remain in third place, two points behind Barcelona as it continues to improve since coach Ernesto Valverde’s return for a third spell with the Basque club in the summer.

Sampaoli’s next assignment is the visit of Borussia Dortmund, whose 4-1 defeat to the German side in the Champions League last week cost Lopetegui his job.

Madrid won

An early header from centre-back Eder Milito was all Madrid needed to ease to victory at Getafe and move three points clear of Barcelona.

With Karim Benzema resting, Milito took over the scoring duties. He charged in at the near post to head home Luka Modric’s kick in the third.

Getafe were never close as Carlisle Alain’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Andre Lunin, who was playing for the injured Thibaut Courtois for the third consecutive game.

Video review led to a goal by Rodrigo and a penalty against Vincenzo Jr., both Madrid forwards, being disallowed.

Barrier to rescue

Angel Correa scored twice and Jan Oblak made a pair of big saves to lead Atletico Madrid to a 2-1 home win over Girona.

Correa finished Antoine Griezmann’s well-placed cross to the far post to give Atletico the lead in the fifth minute.

Three minutes after half-time, Correa pressured and intercepted a weak pass from goalkeeper Juan Carlos before firing the ball past him to make it double.

Rodrigo Riquelme, who plays for Girona on loan from Atletico, pulled one back in the 66th with a strike that eluded a defender to fool Oblak.

But Oblak dove twice and extended an arm to keep out two long-range shots by Alex Garcia to secure the three points.

“You can’t do better than Alex on those two shots. Atletico have a goalkeeper who gets them points,” said Girona assistant coach Salvador Foz, who took over for the suspended Michel Sanchez. .

Atletico climbed to fourth place, and next face a Champions League rematch with Club Brugge, who stunned the Spanish side 2-0 this week.

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Almeria beat Rio Vallecano 3-1 at home to end a four-game losing streak.

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