Jules Koundé scored in the last breath of stoppage time as Sevilla salvaged a 1-1 draw at Villarreal on Sunday to come one step away from securing one of Spain’s places in the next Champions League.
The equality allowed Sevilla to stay third in the table with three games remaining in the Spanish League. He is four points ahead of Atlético de Madrid, who are fourth and later received the brand new champion Real Madrid.
Sevilla widened the difference over Real Betis, fifth in the standings, to seven points. The Andalusian team succumbed on Saturday 2-1 against Barcelona, second in the table.
Koundé scored in the fifth minute of injury time, pushing a ball that drifted into the area after taking a corner kick. Bono, the Sevilla goalkeeper, appeared in the area in search of the equalizer.
Villarreal, who had just fallen to Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals in the middle of the week, had gone ahead in the 86th minute with a goal from Argentine midfielder Giovani Lo Celso. Those led by Unai Emery remain in seventh position.
THE LIGHTNING STAYS IN FIRST
Rayo Vallecano mathematically ensured permanence in the first division thanks to a 0-0 away draw against Getafe. Colombian striker Radamel Falcao entered the second half for Rayo, who are mid-table this season in which they returned to the top flight after two years in a row in second.
For its part, Getafe is still not guaranteed to avoid its first relegation since 2016. The Azulones are in 15th place, five points above the fateful zone.