December 13, 2016 08:32 AM NPT
MADRID, Dec 13: Sevilla strengthened their grip on third in La Liga thanks to captain Vicente Iborra’s hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday.
Iborra made an instant impact by heading home the opener from Pablo Sarabia’s corner on 51 minutes.
The midfielder then broke clear to seal the three points six minutes from time before adding a stoppage-time penalty to round off the first hat-trick of his career.
Sevilla are just a point behind Barcelona and seven adrift of league leaders Real Madrid after they were victorious against Osasuna and Deportivo la Coruna respectively on Saturday.
Athletic Bilbao missed a chance to move into the top four with a 1-0 defeat at Real Betis thanks to Ruben Castro’s early winner.
Basque rivals Eibar and Alaves remain locked in mid-table after a 0-0 at Ipurua stadium.