Cádiz gave Sevilla a scare in an all-Andalusian relegation duel, with Los Piratas looking destined to cling on to an unexpected point, but Ivan Rakiti saved his team with a late penalty to pull them out of the La Liga bottom three.
Los Rojiblancos needed this game against fellow strugglers Cádiz badly after dropping into the dreaded bottom three last weekend with the fewest points at this stage of a La Liga season since their 1999/2000 relegation.
The Argentine was relentless, having an attempt on goal from a close angle parried away by Jeremas Ledesma before nearly giving his team a hard-fought lead deep into time added on at the conclusion of the half.
Rakiti, who is undefeated in three personal head-to-heads with Ledesma, nearly instantly outplayed him at the conclusion of a sweeping assault, but was stopped by a great save low in the bottom left corner.
Just when it appeared that Ledesmas’ saves would earn his team an unusual 0-0 draw and a fourth clean sheet in seven La Liga away meetings, Iván Alejo handled in the area to thwart a clear goalscoring opportunity in the 88th minute.
The midfielder was awarded a straight red card, and Rakiti stepped up to shoot the penalty into the bottom right corner, propelling Sevilla up to 14th position.