Sevilla scored twice in the second half to beat Granada 4-2 and reclaim second place in the Spanish league on Friday.
Sevilla’s first victory in five rounds put them three points ahead of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid, who both have games this weekend. Runaway leaders Real Madrid were nine points clear before hosting Getafe on Saturday.
Sevilla were watching another costly stumble after Víctor Díaz equalized heading home from a corner kick with just two minutes left in regulation time to make it 2-2.
But the hosts pressed for the winner which came when striker Rafa Mir headed in a superb header from Ivan Rakitic after Papu Gómez found him in the box with a lob.
Gómez, who entered the match with Mir about 20 minutes from time, capped the victory by scoring after Oliver Torres put the ball inside the box in the ninth and final minute of added time.
“We showed our character,” Mir said after scoring his ninth league goal of the campaign. “We haven’t been on a good streak lately. (But) we said we will fight until the finish. Our fans can’t doubt that.
Granada’s Darwin Machis opened the scoring before Sevilla rallied to take the lead with goals from Diego Carlos in the 32nd and Lucas Ocampos in the 66th.
Granada’s Raul Torrente had to be carried on a stretcher after reportedly injuring his leg while the game was still scoreless.
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