Sevilla earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory in a thrilling game at bottom club Osasuna on Sunday, guaranteeing second place at the halfway point of the Spanish league season.
Captain Vicente Iborra scored twice — in addition to an own goal — to help Sevilla win their fifth game in a row and return to one point behind leaders Real Madrid.
Franco Vazquez and Pablo Sarabia also scored for Sevilla to secure the away victory.
Osasuna, now winless in 11 league games, twice had the lead but couldn’t avoid a 12th loss in 19 matches.
Madrid, who have a game in hand, had already ensured that their will be first at the halfway mark after beating Malaga 2-1 on Saturday at the Bernabeu. Third-place Barcelona, now four points behind Sevilla, play at Eibar later on Sunday.
“We wanted to make history with the best campaign ever in the first part of the season, and we did it,” Iborra said.
Iborra scored an equaliser before half-time after Sergio Leon had given Osasuna the lead in the 15th minute. The midfielder again evened the match in the 65th, two minutes after finding his own net while trying to clear a cross into the area.
Argentine forward Vazquez put Sevilla ahead for the first time in the 80th minute and Sarabia added to the lead two minutes into stoppage time before Osasuna scored their third goal with Kenan Kodro just before the final whistle at El Sadar Stadium.
“We fought until the end,” Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi said. “They were ahead two times but we never gave up. We are going through a very good moment and we have to make sure it stays like this. We want to be doing this well in the end of the season as well.”