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Sevilla edge Athletic, Atletico's Torres suffers head injury

  • Published at 04:26 am March 3rd, 2017
  • Last updated at 09:36 am March 3rd, 2017
Sevilla edge Athletic, Atletico's Torres suffers head injury
Sevilla's Vicente Iborra scored the winner for the second game in a row, his strike having decided the derby against Real Betis last week, as he netted on the rebound in the 14th minute after Steven Jovetic's penalty was saved by Gorka Iraizoz. Earlier, Atletico's Antoine Griezmann struck a brilliant dipping shot to earn a 1-1 draw at Deportivo but the goal was overshadowed by a head injury to team mate Torres who had to be carried off on a stretcher with his neck in a brace. The late game was billed as a contest between the two leading candidates to take over at Barcelona next season, after Luis Enrique said on Wednesday he would not renew his contract at the champions, and Sevilla's Jorge Sampaoli came out on top. Ernesto Valverde's Athletic side dominated the game, however, and were unlucky not to draw level before the break when Raul Garcia's diving header struck the post Sevilla's victory - their fifth in a row in all competitions - leaves them third on 55 points, two behind leaders Barcelona and one adrift of Real Madrid in second with a game in hand. The Argentine coach gave an angry response when asked about the soon to be vacant role at Barcelona. Atletico's ex-Spain striker Torres fell face down on the pitch in the 85th minute after challenging for the ball with Depor's Alex Bergantinos and required urgent treatment. [caption id="attachment_50162" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Referee Carlos Clos Gomez calls for medical assistance as Atletico Madrid's Fernando Torres lies injured on the ground REUTERS [/caption] Players from both teams looked concerned as an eerie silence fell over the Riazor stadium while the home fans applauded Torres, who had regained consciousness, as he left the field. A statement from Atletico said 32-year-old Atletico favourite Torres had suffered head trauma and would spend the night under medical observation in a hospital in Coruna. "We felt nervous and worried after the awful blow he received," Atletico coach Diego Simeone told a news conference. "I heard a noise from the bench, I don't know if it was his neck but he felt something. These are awful things that happen in football. "We are hoping for the best for Fernando, it was a complicated situation for the Deportivo and Atletico players."   RESULTS: Sevilla 1 Vicente Iborra 14  Athletic Club 0 Deportivo Coruna 1 Florin Andone 13  Atletico Madrid 1 Antoine Griezmann 68 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Barcelona 25 17 6 2 71 21 57 2 Real Madrid 24 17 5 2 63 25 56 3 Sevilla 25 17 4 4 49 29 55 4 Atletico Madrid 25 13 7 5 45 22 46 5 Real Sociedad 25 14 3 8 39 34 45 6 Villarreal 25 11 9 5 36 19 42 7 Eibar 25 11 6 8 41 33 39 8 Athletic Club 25 11 5 9 31 30 38 9 Espanyol 25 9 9 7 35 33 36 10 Celta Vigo 24 10 5 9 39 39 35  
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