Little Getafe gave their hopes of qualifying for a maiden Champions League campaign a massive boost on Sunday with a 2-1 victory at fellow European hopefuls Real Betis.
Pepe Bordalas’ side, who have twice played in the Europa League before, now sit two points clear of Alaves in fourth place in La Liga, with another seven sides within nine points of the last Champions League spot.
Real Betis remain seventh, but six points adrift of Getafe.
Uruguayan defender Leandro Cabrera gave Getafe a 20th-minute lead by nodding in Francisco Portillo’s corner, before Jaime Mata slotted in a second on the stroke of half-time.
Former Spain winger Joaquin, 37, gave Betis hope with a powerful drive 15 minutes from time, but the home side slipped to a second damaging defeat in three days after their Copa del Rey semi-final loss to Valencia.
Later on Sunday, Atletico Madrid visit Real Sociedad, looking to trim Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table back to seven points after the defending champions’ 1-0 Clasico win at Real Madrid on Saturday.