Girona snapped a six-game losing streak by beating Sevilla 1-0 at home on Sunday to move out of the La Liga assignment zone and simplicity weight on mentor Eusebio Sacristan while hurting Sevilla’s odds of completing in the top four.
Cristian Portu, who was very nearly joining Sevilla last August, broke the halt soon after the hour mark, stroking the ball into an unfilled net to complete off a formed team counterattack.
The Catalans had not succeeded at home since beating Rayo Vallecano in October yet they delivered a gutsy showcase and about led the pack in the primary half when safeguard Bernardo Espinosa headed against the crossbar.
Sevilla’s Argentine midfielder Ever Banega was sent off somewhere down in stoppage time for kicking out at Girona skipper Pere Pons, exacerbating the guests’ dissatisfaction at passing up an opportunity to pick up on their adversaries for fourth spot in the standings.
Joaquin Caparros’ side are fifth in the table after the thrashing yet bolted on 55 points with Getafe, who can go three points clear whether they succeed at Real Sociedad later on Sunday.
Valencia, who were beaten 1-0 at home by Eibar prior on Sunday, are 6th on 52.
Girona then supported their odds of remaining in the top trip by jumping Real Valladolid, moving two over the drop zone with three games remaining. (Revealing by Richard Martin Editing by Toby Davis)