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Sevilla move closer to Champions League

 MADRID, July 13: Sevilla beat Mallorca 2-0 in the Spanish league to move within a draw of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

 Forwards Lucas Ocampos and Youssef En-Nesyri scored a goal in each half to give Sevilla its fourth straight win and leave the team a point away from securing fourth place and a return to Europe’s top club competition.

“We knew this was a key match for us, Sevilla midfielder Fernando said. This victory leaves us very close to achieving our goal.”

Sevilla made it to the Champions League quarterfinals in 2018 but didn’t qualify for the competition this season. It has played in the Europa League instead, where it will face Roma in the round of 16.

Sevilla, unbeaten since the league resumed following the pandemic break, moved nine points ahead of fifth-place Villarreal, which hosts Real Sociedad on Monday with a chance to get back to within six points with two rounds to go. Villarreal has the head-to-head tiebreaker advantage over Sevilla. Mallorca dropped to second-to-last place, three points from safety. – AP

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