Sevilla beats Alaves, moves closer to Champions League spot
Alaves dropped to seventh place, two points behind Sevilla. The Basque Country club has been near the top of the standings during most of the season and was as high as second at one point.
“The main goal was to escape relegation and we did that well in advance,” Alaves defender Victor Laguardia said. “Now we will keep fighting for as long as we can to try to finish as high as possible and make it to a European competition.”
It was the third win in four league matches for Sevilla, which was coming off a home loss to Valencia.
“It was very important to win again and stay in the fight for fourth place,” Sarabia said. “We were not expecting to lose against Valencia. It’s going to be a tough fight until the end.”
Sarabia set up Mesa’s goal from inside the area in the 41st minute and sealed the victory in a breakaway in the 80th at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
League leader Barcelona, which scored two late goals to earn a 4-4 draw at Villarreal on Tuesday, is eight points in front of second-place Atletico Madrid, which defeated Girona at home on Tuesday. Barcelona hosts Atletico on Saturday.
Valladolid conceded six minutes into second-half injury time in a 1-0 loss at Leganes, staying one point above the relegation zone. Leganes, which is 12th, was awarded a penalty early in the second half but the decision was reversed after a video review.