Villarreal boss Javi Calleja was left with mixed feelings after his side let slip a two-goal lead to Sevilla on Saturday.
Steven N’Zonzi’s late strike completed a remarkable comeback draw for Sevilla against the Yellow Submarine, after they had initially trailed the visitors by two goals and had Wissam Ben Yedder sent off before a dramatic final 25 minutes at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán.
Daniel Rabaseda and Carlos Bacca put the visitors ahead but in truth it should of been a lot more than a two-goal lead as Calleja saw his side squander a whole host of chances.
Nolito then saw his penalty saved by Sergio Asenjo after a handball from Jaume Costa also reduced the opponents to ten men, but later made amends with a calm finish before N’Zonzi equalised to conclude a crazy game.
A goalless draw for Sevilla against Bayern Munich in midweek ended their European endeavours, and their hangover continued into this fixture – whilst Calleja’s side remain in line for a place in Europe.
“This point can be seen as a turning point towards Europe for my team. I reiterate that when we compete, we are one of the best teams in the Spanish league,” Calleja told reporters.
“The fight for Europe is going to be very close until the end of the season. All the teams involved have an equally complicated schedule.”
The draw puts Vincenzo Montella’s Sevilla side to within one point of sixth-placed Villarreal in La Liga and three points above Girona in eighth, after the Catalan’s defeat against Real Betis.
On Tuesday, Sevilla travel to Galicia to take on Deportivo while Villarreal host Leganés.