Madrid - Sevilla and Real Sociedad both lost ground in La Liga's race for
Champions League qualification on Sunday as Getafe beat Athletic Bilbao
to climb to third.
Real Sociedad lost 2-1 away at struggling Leganes while Sevilla were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Alaves.
In between, Getafe had carved out a 2-0 victory away at Bilbao to put
them in pole position behind the two title challengers, Real Madrid and
Jose Bordalas' team are now ahead of Sevilla on goal difference, while Real Sociedad are five points further back.
Getafe missed out on fourth on the final day of last season but they continue to prove their challenge was far from a one-off.
Their success has been built largely on a solid defence but Damian
Suarez's opening goal at San Mames came after a brilliant attacking
move, as he exchanged consecutive one-twos before weaving through and
finishing into the corner.
Jaime Mata then doubled the advantage with a penalty early in the
second half as VAR revealed the ball had struck Inigo Lekue on the hand.
Mata made no mistake.
Getafe's victory was made all the more valuable by Sevilla failing to
win for the third time in five matches as they followed up their shock
Copa del Rey defeat to Mirandes with a draw at home to Alaves.
Alaves were in front too after Joselu scored with 20 minutes left but
Lucas Ocampos' penalty at least salvaged a point for Sevilla.