Own goal push back Sevilla’s Champions League chase

Sevilla suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for next season ’s Champions League group stage as a late own goal by Diego Carlos allowed visiting Levante to grab a 1 -1 draw on Monday .
Julen Lopetegui’s side , who sit third in La Liga , hold a five -point lead over fifth- placed Getafe, although most of their closest rivals still have to play in this round of matches .
The five – time Europa League winners, who last played in the Champions League in 2017- 18 , are four points clear of fourth – placed Real Sociedad, with Atletico Madrid , Valencia , Granada and Villarreal also in the top -four hunt .
The closest either side came to goal in the first period was when visiting winger Munir El Haddadi ’s brilliant free – kick crashed against the crossbar.
Sevilla did take the lead in the first minute of the second half , as former Barcelona player El Haddadi teed up Dutch striker Luuk de Jong to score his sixth league goal of the season .
Levante managed to create some late pressure and centre – back Carlos put through his own net three minutes from time after a mix -up with goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
The draw helped 12 th -placed Levante move 10 points clear of safety with nine matches to play .
Later on Monday , Roberto Soldado rescued Granada a 2 -2 draw at Real Betis in a dramatic game which saw three goals in the final six minutes .
The away side looked set to move within three points of Sociedad as they led late on through Carlos Fernandez ’s 29 th -minute strike, but Sergio Canales equalised from the spot with five minutes to play , before Cristian Tello put the hosts in front .
Former Spain striker Soldado had the final say though, as the 35 – year -old substitute snatched a point in injury time which moved Granada above Villarreal into eighth .

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