Thursday’s La Liga round-up

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Sevilla strengthened their bid for Champions League football, although Eibar's own European hopes took a knock on Thursday.

Jorge Sampaoli's Sevilla maintained their pursuit of automatic qualification for the UEFA Champions League after beating Celta Vigo 2-1 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

After a goalless first half, Joaquin Correa gave the hosts a 49th-minute lead, although they were pegged back soon afterwards as Iago Aspas converted from the spot three minutes later.

Celta then suffered a setback moments later when Pablo Hernandez was sent off on 56 minutes for his second yellow card, and Los Blanquirrojos made the extra man count in the 79th minute with the winner from Wissam Ben Yedder.

The Andalusian club remain in fourth place, but moved level on 68 points with Atletico Madrid in third, while Eduardo Berizzo's side dropped out of the top-half of the table to 11th position.

Elsewhere, Eibar saw their Europa League push falter after being held to a 0-0 draw by Basque rivals Alaves at Mendizorrotza.

The stalemate left Los Armeros eight points adrift of the top six in eighth spot, with the Babazorros a further six points back in 10th place.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao kept their European challenge alive as they recorded a 2-1 win over Real Betis at San Mames.

Early second-half goals from Aritz Aduriz (53' pen) and Iker Muniain (60') handed the hosts victory, although Ruben Castro gave the visitors hope when he pulled one back three minutes after conceding the second.

Los Leones moved up to sixth spot in the league, one point behind Villarreal in fifth, while Betis are down in 15th position after seeing a two-match winning streak come to an end.

Thursday's results:

Alaves 0-0 Eibar

Sevilla 2-1 Celta Vigo

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Real Betis