MADRID (AP) — Sevilla rallied in the second half to beat Athletic Bilbao 2-1 in the Spanish league on Thursday, moving closer to a Champions League berth.
The come-from-behind victory in Bilbao left Sevilla tied on points with third-place Atlético Madrid and increased its gap to fifth-place Villarreal to six points with three rounds to go. Only the top four qualify for next season’s Champions League.
It was the third league win in a row for Sevilla. It had drawn four straight before that.
Ninth-place Athletic, which lost ground in the fight for a Europa League spot, opened the scoring through Ander Capa in the 29th but the visitors bounced back with goals by Éver Banega from a free kick in the 69th and Munir El Haddadi from a header in the 74th.
League leader Real Madrid hosts relegation-threatened Alavés needing a win to regain a four-point advantage over second-place Barcelona, which on Wednesday got to within a point of the top after defeating last-place Espanyol 1-0.