Late penalty drama as Sevilla beat Alaves

Suso of Sevilla is challenged by Rodrigo Battaglia of Deportivo Alaves during the La Liga Santander match between Deportivo Alavés and Sevilla FC at Estadio de Mendizorroza on January 19, 2021 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Sevilla have edged past hosts Alaves 2-1 in La Liga with goalkeeper Bono saving a 90th-minute penalty to seal the victory.

The visitors took the lead after just three minutes when Jesus Navas crossed from the right and Youssef En-Nesyri had time and space to bundle the ball over the line from close-range.

Alaves responded only nine minutes later when Edgar Mendez' header looped over the advanced Bono and crossed the line.

Suso scored from long-range on 30 minutes to put Sevilla back in front, for his third spectacular goal in the past six games.

Sevilla had the ball in the net again on 84 minutes but it was ruled off for handball by En-Nesyri in the build-up.

A hand-ball decision at the other end of the pitch in the next Alaves attack looked to have given the strugglers a lifeline.

Jules Kounde stretched to clear the ball and it cannoned on to his arm.

Alaves were awarded the spot-kick but Bono dived to his left and saved the shot from Joselu.

"We want to stay in contention at the top and we have done that with this win," Suso said.

Valladolid salvaged a 2-2 draw in the last minute of their home game with Elche.

Josan scored twice for the visitors in the first half and although Michel pulled a goal back on 71 minutes it seemed Valladolid were heading for defeat.

But Joaquin Fernandez levelled on 90 minutes, sparking such joy on the home bench that substituted Roque Mesa celebrated on the pitch and was shown a red card.

Elche remain in the last of three relegation spots with Valladolid two points and two places above them.

Cadiz and Levante also played out a 2-2 draw in a mid-table encounter with all the goals coming in the first 27 minutes.

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