Goals from Wissam Ben Yedder and Michael Krohn-Dehli gave Sevilla all three points as they beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0.
Ben Yedders’s fourth league goal of the season gave the Andalusian hosts the lead on the stoke of half time, before Danish midfielder Krohn-Dehli settled matters with 12 minutes remaining.
Struggling Deportivo created few chances in the game at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and now find themselves tantalisingly close to the relegation places.
Sevilla, who had been rocked by the news of coach Eduardo Berizzo’s illness last week, were met with great news during half-time in the game as it was revealed the Argentine had been discharged from hospital.
Elsewhere, on Saturday – league leaders Barcelona were unable to beat Celta Vigo, dropping their second successive two-points in the league.
Iago Aspas put the Galician side 1-0 up at the Camp Nou before Lionel Messi notched his 17th goal of the season in all competitions.
Luis Suarez had seemingly put the Catalan side ahead and on course for three points but Maxi Gomez had other ideas and scored a leveller.
Atletico Madrid move to a point behind Valencia as they came from behind to beat Real Sociedad at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Willian Jose had put the Basque side ahead before goals from Filipe Luis and Antoine Griezmann ensured the three points for Diego Simeone’s side.