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La Liga Table 2019: Latest Standings Following Friday's Week 2 Results

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2019

Sevilla's Spanish midfielder Joan Jordan Moreno celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish League football match between Granada and Sevilla at the Los Carmenes stadium in Granada on August 23, 2019. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JORGE GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sevilla went to the top of La Liga by edging past Granada on Friday. A Joan Jordan goal in the second half was all the visitors needed to win this Andalusian derby and earn a second straight victory.

By contrast, Villarreal ended the night by slipping to a controversial defeat in Levante. The Yellow Submarine appeared to be in firm control after Gerard Moreno's early goal.

However, two second-half penalties converted by substitute Roger Marti turned things around for the home side. The first of those conversions came after Villarreal goalkeeper Andres Fernandez had made a double save. But VAR ruled he was off his line, so Marti got another chance he didn't waste.

            

Friday Results

  • Granada 0-1 Sevilla
  • Levante 2-1 Villarreal

         

Standings (Played, Won, Goal Difference and Points)

1. Sevilla: 2, 2, +3, 6

2. Real Madrid: 1, 1, +2, 3

3. Mallorca: 1,1, +1, 3

4. Real Valladolid: 1, 1, +1, 3

5. Athletic Bilbao: 1, 1, +1, 3

6. Atletico Madrid: 1, 1, +1, 3

7. Alaves: 1, 1, +1, 3

8. Osasuna: 1, 1, +1, 3

9. Levante: 2, 1, 0, 3

10. Real Sociedad: 1, 0, 0, 1

11. Valencia: 1, 0, 0, 1

12. Villarreal: 2, 0, -1, 1

13. Granada: 2, 0, -1, 1

14. Eibar: 1, 0, -1, 0

15. Real Betis: 1, 0, -1, 0

16. Barcelona: 1, 0, -1, 0

17. Getafe: 1, 0, -1, 0

18. Leganes: 1, 0, -1, 0

19. Celta Vigo: 1, 0, -2, 0

20. Espanyol: 1, 0, -2, 0

                      

Sevilla were on the front foot early at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, with a few of the club's astute summer imports contributing. Among them was former Marseille forward Lucas Ocampos, who wowed the crowd:

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Cheeky from @Locampos15! 🎩 #GranadaSevillaFC https://t.co/OYdGgcJXYW

For all the skill, it took the visitors until the 52nd minute to go in front. The goal came courtesy of Jordan, a terrific box-to-box midfielder who signed from Eibar in the summer.

Jordan has made a habit of scoring goals from midfield, netting 10 in his last two campaigns.

Granada's attempts to draw level relied on deft touches and clever link-up play from striker Roberto Soldado. He teed up Darwin Machis and Adrian Ramos, but too many Granada players failed to find their radar when in on goal.

There was a scare when Real Madrid loanee Sergio Reguilon had to be stretchered off for the visitors. Fortunately, positive updates were soon provided about the defender's condition:

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Sevilla saw things out to secure another three points after winning 2-0 at Espanyol last time out. Buoyed by yet another summer of shrewd recruitment, the club looks revitalised on the watch of savvy coach Julen Lopetegui.

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Granada 0-1 Sevilla and a strong start to the season for Sevilla. Two away wins without conceding, barely conceding chances. Lopetegui has them very solid and organised. Can improve a lot going forward but more than decent foundation.

Villarreal spent most of last season fighting the threat of relegation, despite a talented squad. It already looks like it will be a similarly tough campaign for the Yellow Submarine, who unravelled during the second half in Levante.

Moreno scored after just three minutes thanks to intelligent play from Cameroon international Karl Toko Ekambi.

Both strikers continued to link well and were ably supported by the pace of winger Samuel Chukwueze, along with the ingenuity of central schemer Santi Cazorla. The raiding runs of former Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno, who was making his Villarreal debut, were also a useful outlet for the away side.

Villarreal maintained the lead until the break, despite some sustained pressure from Levante. The hosts were causing problems out wide, with Coke, Sergio Leon and Ruben Rochina all posing a threat.

It was Villarreal who started stronger after the break, though, when Cazorla and Moreno both went close. 

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So close....@GerardMoreno9 almost got his second from @chukwueze_8's cross! #LevanteVillarreal https://t.co/HJxJ9tlQOr

The Yellow Submarine were left to rue those missed chances once Levante had an opportunity to draw level. It came three minutes after the hour mark, when Ekambi felled Enis Bardhi in the box. Fernandez saved the initial spot-kick and the follow-up but was deemed off his line.

After a lengthy delay, during which VAR checked and confirmed the call, Marti, who had just entered the fray off the bench, made no mistake from 12 yards. Fernandez received a yellow card amid the ensuing confusion and rancour.

The frustrated stopper was again in focus for the wrong reasons when he brought down Marti in the 72nd minute. The No. 9 held his nerve from the spot for the second time to give the hosts a first lead of the night.

It proved to be enough for Levante to put a first victory on the board and offer the Yellow Submarine a harsh reminder of the need to be efficient in the final third.