Sevilla held by Cadiz at home in Spanish league

Sevilla's Youssef En-Nesyri grimaces after missing a shot on goal during the Europa League round of 16 second leg soccer match between West Ham United and Sevilla at the London stadium in London, Thursday, March 17, 2022. (Matt Dunham/AP)

MADRID (AP) — Sevilla was in danger of losing ground in the fight for second place in the Spanish league after being held at home by relegation-threatened Cadiz to 1-1 on Friday.

The draw moved Sevilla a point ahead of Barcelona, which can regain second place when it hosts Mallorca on Sunday. Sevilla is three points ahead of Atletico Madrid, which holds the final Champions League place. Atletico visits Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.

Second place is important because it guarantees a spot in the lucrative Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia.

Leader Real Madrid is 14 points clear at the top and needs a draw from its last five matches to clinch its second league title in three seasons. Its first chance to lift the trophy is on Saturday against Espanyol at home.

Youssef En-Nesyri put Sevilla ahead with a header in the seventh minute at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, but the visitors equalized with a well-struck free kick taken by Lucas Perez in the 66th.

Cadiz stayed two points clear of the relegation zone ahead of the weekend matches. It can be overtaken by Granada, which hosts Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Cadiz lost two of its last four league matches, with a win at Barcelona two rounds ago.

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