On Friday, Sevilla defeated Granada 4-2 in second-half stoppage time to recover second place in the Spanish league.
Sevilla’s first victory in five rounds moved the club three points ahead of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, both of whom have games this weekend. Before visiting Getafe on Saturday, Real Madrid was nine points clear.
Sevilla was on the verge of another costly blunder when Victor Daz equalized with only two minutes remaining in regular time, heading home a corner kick to tie it 2-2.
But the hosts pushed for the goal, which arrived when striker Rafa Mir directed in Ivan Rakitic’s stunning headed ball after Papu Gómez found him in the area with a lob.
Gómez, who replaced Mir with around 20 minutes remaining in the game, completed the win by scoring after Oliver Torres squared the ball into the heart of the box in the ninth and last minute of injury time.
‘We showed our spirit,’ Mir stated after scoring his tenth league goal of the season. ‘We haven’t had a nice run lately. (However,) we said that we would fight till the end. That is beyond dispute in the minds of our followers.’
Darwin Machis started the scoring for Granada, but Sevilla recovered to reclaim the lead with goals from Diego Carlos in the 32nd and Lucas Ocampos in the 66th minutes.
Raul Torrente of Granada had to be taken off the field on a stretcher after seemingly injuring his leg with the game still scoreless.