Defeat at Elche completes painful week for Sevilla

Elche 2 - 1 Sevilla

Sevilla slumped to a surprise 2-1 defeat at struggling Elche in La Liga on Saturday to complete a miserable week of three consecutive losses.

Julen Lopetegui’s side were reeling from their Copa del Rey semi-final elimination by Barcelona on Wednesday and fell behind in the 70th minute when Raul Guti appeared unmarked in the box to smash home a cross after Elche attacked following a throw in.

Guido Carrillo doubled Elche’s lead six minutes later, heading a free kick in off the post and over the line before Sevilla keeper Tomas Vaclik could get to the ball.

Luuk de Jong pulled one back for Sevilla in the 90th minute and they had five additional minutes to find an equaliser but they were beaten again after last week’s 2-0 league loss to Barcelona and their 3-0 Cup defeat at Barca.

Sevilla are fourth in the standings on 48 points, 10 behind leaders Atletico Madrid who face Real Madrid later on Saturday.

Elche climbed out of the relegation zone to go 17th on 24 points.