Sevilla overcome Eibar after mixed VAR fortune

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(Reuters) - Sevilla earned a 2-0 win away to Eibar on Saturday to go third in La Liga after first missing out on a penalty due to a VAR call and then earning one thanks to a video review.

Sevilla thought they had earned a penalty for a foul on Youssef En-Nesyri but a video review went Eibar's way, although the visitors soon earned a spot-kick for another challenge on the Moroccan which had initially been dismissed by the referee.

Argentine midfielder Lucas Ocampos smashed into the middle of the net from the spot to give Sevilla the lead in the 28th minute while Joan Jordan added a second in the 55th, arriving in the box to turn in a cross from Aleix Vidal.

Eibar refused to lie down and tried to get back into the game but Sevilla held on for a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions to move on to 39 points and climb into third above Barcelona, who host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid lead the standings on 47 points from 18 matches.

Sevilla suffered an early setback when leftback Marcos Acuna came off in the seventh minute with a muscle injury while rightback and captain Jesus Navas was forced off injured at the end of the first half.

"This was a very competitive game and we put in a huge effort, fighting for every ball, staying concentrated the whole time and trying to catch our opponents on the break," said Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui.

"I'm very pleased with the victory at a very difficult ground."

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Pritha Sarkar)