Super Sevilla stun listless Madrid

Super Sevilla stun listless Madrid

Barcelona top table with 18 points

Sevilla’s Jesus Navas (left) celebrates with team-mates after scoring the first goal against Real Madrid. AP

Winger Jesus Navas leaped superbly to nod the home side in front after 33 minutes and midfielder Renato also struck with a header in the second half to secure the surprise victory.

Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas had produced two stunning saves to deny Renato and Diego Perotti before Pepe equalised for the visitors with a powerful header just after halftime.

Manuel Pellegrini's expensively assembled Real side, missing the injured Cristiano Ronaldo for their first major test of the season, remain on 15 points from six matches.
Sevilla are now level with Real on 15 points and only trail the Madrid side on goal difference. 

The match at the Sanchez Pizjuan was billed as a test of Sevilla's ability to challenge the dominance of Barca and Real and Manolo Jimenez's players came out with all guns blazing.

The home side put early pressure on the Real goal and the pacy Navas caused havoc down the right flank.  He timed his run to perfection to outjump Marcelo and power Fernando Navarro's cross past Casillas for the opening goal.

Sevilla should have been at least two goals ahead at the break but Casillas somehow kept out Brazilian Renato's bullet header and he saved Real again immediately after halftime when it seemed easier for Perotti to score.

Pepe rocked Sevilla with a fine header from Guti's freekick in the 49th to level the scores but the home side poured forward and it paid off when Renato rose unmarked to glance in Adriano's cross in the 66th to secure a thoroughly deserved victory.

Villarreal continued their miserable start when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by 10-man Espanyol.

A frenetic 2-2 draw between Real Valladolid and Athletic Bilbao saw the hosts finish with nine men and the visitors with 10.  

Valencia climbed to fifth on 11 points after substitute Nikola Zigic pounced on a defensive error to secure a 1-0 win over Racing Santander.

Real Mallorca lost 4-1 at Sporting Gijon and Getafe beat visiting Osasuna 2-1.