Sevilla conceded a 90th-minute goal to fall to a 1-0 defeat at home to Athletic Bilbao on Monday, delivering a near fatal blow to their La Liga title hopes.
Julen Lopetegui’s side dominated the game but were dealt a late body blow when Athletic counter attacked and striker Inaki Williams showed composure to lift the ball into the top corner.
The goal inflicted a first defeat on Sevilla since March 6 and snapped a five-game winning streak in La Liga which put them among the contenders in the close-run title race.
Substitute Inaki Williams scored a late winner as Athletic Bilbao won 1-0 against Sevilla
Williams celebrates after his late goal put Athletic Bilbao in the lead in their clash with Sevilla
Ivan Rakitic shows his frustration as Sevilla’s title hopes suffered a huge blow with a defeat
Sevilla’s Lucas Ocampos goes for goal in spectacular style during the game against Athletic
The loss left Sevilla fourth in the standings on 70 points with four games to play, four behind second-placed Real Madrid and third-placed Barcelona and six from leaders Atletico Madrid.
Sevilla: Bounou, Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos (Rodriguez 85), Acuna, Rakitic (De Jong 68), Fernando, Gomez (Torres 85), Suso (Jordan 68), En-Nesyri (Vazquez 81), Ocampos
Subs: Vaclik, Escudero, Diaz, Rekik, Vidal, Munir, Gudelj
Booked: Diego Carlos
Athletic Bilbao: Simon, De Marcos (Lekue 69), Nunez, Yeray, Balenziaga, Berenguer (N Williams 63), Vencedor, Vesga, Morcillo (Gomez 72), Garcia (Sancet 15), Villalibre (Williams 69)
Subs: Ezkieta, Lopez, Paredes, Vicente, Prados
Goal: Williams 90
Asier Villalibre attempts to make an impact for Athletic as he is pursued by Diego Carlos
Jesus Navas looks to control the ball for Sevilla with Athletic’s Mikel Balenziaga watching on