Sevilla set up La Liga title race for the ages on day the clock stopped | Sid Lowe

Botched timekeeping led to a farcical finish at the Pizjuán as Sevilla survived the madness to emerge as title contenders

The scene could have come straight from Hackney Marshes or Donkey Lane, a portrait of a thousand pitches in a thousand places and any given Sunday league; instead, it came from the Sánchez Pizjuán and what would soon become the best league of all, if it wasn’t already: a title race like no other. You’ve seen it before, probably been it before, just not at this level. Twenty-one men waited while one late arrival sat barefoot on the touchline, half-changed, boots and shinnies on the grass beside him as he frantically pulled on his socks. Some laughed, others shook their heads. People tapped at their watches. Hurry up. And then at last Marcos Acuña ran on and they could start.


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Bizarre scenes in Seville as the referee blows for full time a minute early…and then has to call the players back on to the pitch to play that minute!

You don’t see that too often

Elche 1-0 Levante
Real Valladolid 1-1 Cadíz
Valencia 1-1 Alavés
Real Madrid 0-0 Real Betis
Huesca 0-2 Getafe
Villarreal 1-2 Barcelona
Celta Vigo 2-1 Osasuna
Sevilla 2-1 Granada
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Atlético Madrid

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