La Liga: Atlético is frustrated by Espanyol's fight but Sevilla snatches the late victory
MADRID: Atletico Madrid he slipped into the race for the league The first four on Sunday, as the bottom club tied them 1-1 Spanish .
Saul Niguez volleyed in a stunning equaliser at the RCDE Stadium but Atletico were unable to find a winner as Stefan Savic's first-half own-goal earned Spanish a valuable point in their struggle against relegation.
The result is less useful for Atlético, who sits fourth in the table, but will be overcome if Getafe wins in Mallorca later on Sunday. Real society They are only one point behind and also have a game in hand.
Spanish stay 20th but are now only five points adrift of safety.
Después de su excelente victoria en casa ante el Liverpool en the league de Campeones, el Atlético parecía estar cobrando impulso cuando derrotaron al Villarreal por 3-1 cinco días después.
But Diego Simeone 's side have stumbled against the league's lower teams this season and so it proved again, as Spanish dug deep for a deserved share of the spoils.
Atletico will face their four best contenders for Sevilla next weekend and Simeone will have to decide to what extent he will watch the second leg in Anfield three days later.
His team can hardly afford a loss to Sevilla, which is now third after beating Osasuna 3-2 on Sunday, thanks to a 93-minute winner in January signing Youssef En-Nesyri.
Spanish took the lead in the 24th minute when Savic turned in Wu Lei's cross at the near post and they might have doubled their advantage had Atletico's goalkeeper Jan Oblak not made a brilliant save by tipping Victor Sanchez's thundering effort onto the crossbar.
Instead, Atlético drew shortly after halftime when Saul pulled the ball from the air at the edge of the box and hit a wonderful volley in the far corner.
Joao Felix almost caught a winner when his deviated cross broke away from Diego López and hit the post, while Alvaro Morata could not deflect the rebound from the angle.
Sevilla seemed to have thrown the victory when Osasuna went from two goals to the level after Aridane scored and Roberto Torres converted a penalty.
But En-Nesyri, who had also struck the opener before Lucas Ocampos made it two, scored his second of the game and Sevilla's third in injury time to snatch a dramatic winner.