La Liga: Top-four challengers Sevilla slip up against lowly Getafe

La Liga: Top-four challengers Sevilla slip up against lowly Getafe

Published Feb. 8, 2015 8:03 a.m. ET

Sevilla's top-four challenge took a hit at Getafe as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to the Primera Division strugglers.

Pedro Leon tapped home the winner in the 85th minute to condemn the visitors to back-to-back defeats and lift Getafe further clear of the drop zone.

Alvaro Vazquez's first-half penalty put the hosts in front before Grzegorz Krychowiak levelled midway through the second half.

Fourth-placed Sevilla went into the match looking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to Real Madrid last time out, but they were comfortably second best in the first half.


Vazquez saw an early shot from the left side of the area parried by Sergio Rico before getting a chance from the spot in the 29th minute.

Vazquez himself was brought down by Diogo Figueiras and stepped up to fire the resulting penalty low into the left corner.

Rico kept his side in the contest with two more saves either side of half-time, first parrying an Alexis volley from inside the area and then doing well to cling on to a drilled effort from Pablo Sarabia.

The goalkeeper's team-mates responded to his example, Ever Banega letting fly with a shot which Jonathan Lopez tipped over in the 64th minute.

And a minute later Sevilla were level as Krychowiak fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

The momentum was now with the away team, but they were undone again late on.

Rico parried Diego Castro's close-range effort, but Leon reacted quickest to knock home the rebound.

And this time Sevilla could not respond.

Almeria defender Michel Macedo scored twice in six minutes to lead a 2-1 comeback win at Cordoba in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Cordoba took the lead in the 10th minute when Federico Cartabia scored from a free kick.

But Almeria emerged the better side after halftime, and Macedo blasted the equalizer into the top of the net after Wellington Silva set him up with an incisive pass in the 61st.

Five minutes later Macedo headed home Nabil Ghilas' cross at the far post to complete the turnaround.

The loss left Cordoba in the relegation zone, while Almeria moved four points clear of danger.

Later, Barcelona visits Athletic Bilbao aiming to capitalize on Atletico Madrid's rout of leader Real Madrid, while Sevilla is at Getafe and Valencia travels to Espanyol.