Sevilla win to end dismal run
The much-needed victory lifted Sevilla to within five points of sixth place and Spain's last Europa League spot.
After a drab first half by both sides, fullback Jorge ''Coke'' Andujar headed in Ivan Rakitic's free kick to grab the 57th-minute winner at Vallecas Stadium.
Unai Emery's team played the last seven minutes with 10 men after Vicente Iborra received his second booking for taking too long to leave the pitch after receiving medical assistance.
Rayo remained in second-to-last place and five points from safety after conceding its league worst 59th goal in 25 games.
Rayo defender Jose Castro said ''this was not a day to lose.''