BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sevilla needed an own-goal to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Athletic Bilbao on Friday as the Spanish league resumed after the winter break.
Third-place Sevilla is four points behind leader Barcelona and two points behind second-place Real Madrid.
Barcelona visits last-place Espanyol on Saturday, while Madrid is at Getafe. Atlético Madrid can pull level with Sevilla if it beats Levante, also on Saturday.
Bilbao controlled the match in Seville in the first half and went ahead in the 15th minute when right back Ander Capa received the ball on the side of the area and fired a shot under goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
Sevilla increased the pace after halftime and got its reward when Bilbao defender Unai Nuñez deflected a low cross by Lucas Ocampos into his own net with half an hour left.