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Sociedad spoil Michel debut as Sevilla boss

Former Real Madrid and Spain player Michel replaced Marcelino as Sevilla boss last week, but failed to make an immediate impact and the sliding Andalucians have now taken only two points from their last eight matches.

Mexico striker Vela, on loan from Arsenal, volleyed the opener in the 65th minute at Anoeta and three minutes later Pardo struck a blistering drive past Andres Palop.

Sevilla dropped down to 13th with 26 points from 22 matches, one behind Sociedad in 11th, and only three points above the relegation places.

Real Madrid top the standings with 58 points after a 4-2 comeback win at home to Levante on Sunday, when Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick.

Jose Mourinho's men opened up a 10-point lead over faltering champions Barcelona in second, who slumped to a 3-2 defeat at Osasuna on Saturday.