Sevilla snap Real Madrid’s unbeaten start

MADRID: Sevilla beat a Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to end the Spanish powerhouse’s unbeaten start to the season.

Renato was left unmarked to turn in Adriano’s 66th-minute cross for the winner in front of 45,500 fans at

the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Jesus Navas opened the scoring for Sevilla in the 33rd, charging into the area to head Fernando Navarro’s floated cross home at the

far post. Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas then made two point-blank saves to keep Madrid in the game.

A momentary lapse by Sevilla three minutes into the second half allowed Pepe to head home an equaliser against the run of play. Sevilla joined Madrid on 15 points, three behind Barcelona, who have started the season with six straight wins.

Earlier, Valencia beat Racing Santander 1-0 to jump to fifth while Villarreal drew 0-0 against 10-man Espanyol to remain winless and mired in the relegation zone. Also on Sunday, Athletic Bilbao drew 2-2 in a wild game at Valladolid, Sporting Gijon’s second-half goal flurry rallied it to a 4-1 win against Mallorca and Getafe beat Osasuna 2-1.

Villarreal have three points from six games to sit one point above last-place Xerez, who scored theier first goal of the season in a 1-1 draw against Malaga. Juan Forlin was sent off in the 15th minute.

Iker Muniain became the league’s youngest-ever goalscorer as the 16-year-old’s goal in the 77th minute rallied Athletic in a match that saw three players sent off and another taken to hospital after being knocked unconscious.

Fernando Llorente left after being knocked out after

colliding heads with Nivaldo Santana. Llorente regained consciousness and was

taken to a local hospital

where he was recovering, the Basque club said.