Liga - Camunas nets winner as Sevilla slump continues
Villarreal heaped more pressure on Sevilla with a 2-1 win over their struggling La Liga rivals courtesy of Javier Camunas' late winner at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Coach Marcelino García Toral thanked his board for resisting the urge to sack him before this match, but Sevilla have now failed to win in their past seven games. They are only four points ahead of third-bottom Granada.
Despite much huffing and puffing in front of goal throughout the evening, Sevilla are now on their poorest run since 2001/02 after losing to a team who had been on a 15-match winless run on the road in the league.
Villarreal move out of the bottom three with their first away win of the season, and only their second win in La Liga at Sevilla.
Both sides had chances to win the match, but it was the visiting side who found their range at the key moments.
They moved ahead on 21 minutes when the unmarked Borja Valero converted a volley from Angel Lopez's cross.
Lopez made a series of fine saves to stop Freddie Kanoute, Navas and Alvaro Negredo from netting.
Valero blew a golden chance to give his side the lead when he waltzed through the home defence on 54 minutes but opted to try to pass to Joselu rather than shoot and grateful goalkeeper Javi Varas dived on the loose ball.
Camunas won it for the visiting side when Villarreal broke up the field at speed before the midfielder thumped a venomous effort high beyond Varas on 81 minutes.
In the early game, Dejan Lekic scored 13 minutes from time to earn Osasuna a 1-1 draw at Sporting Gijon.
But the mid-table visitors levelled when the Serb striker headed home Marc Bertran's cross.
Goals from Diego Costa (75) and Michu (82) late in the second-half saw Rayo Vallecano come from behind to beat Real Zaragoza 2-1.
Helder Postiga had put bottom placed Zaragoza in front after 33 minutes but Vallecano hit back to move up to 12th.