First it was Valencia. Then Sevilla. And finally Getafe.
Three teams fighting for the coveted final Champions League spot in the Spanish league all lost on Sunday, leaving the race wide open.
Valencia lost 1-0 to Eibar, Sevilla also lost 1-0 at Girona, and Getafe was defeated 2-1 by Real Sociedad.
With three matches left, fourth-place Getafe stayed level on points with Sevilla but was ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker. Sixth-place Valencia was three points back.
Seventh-place Athletic Bilbao, five points behind Getafe and Sevilla, drew 1-1 with eighth-place Alaves on Saturday.
Valencia failed to capitalize on the several chances it created against midtable Eibar and conceded in the third minute of second-half injury time.
It was the second consecutive loss for Valencia after losing 3-2 at Atletico Madrid. It had won four in a row in all competitions before that. Eibar had won only one of its last eight matches, and its last away victory dated back to October.
“We failed, but we can’t give up just yet,” Valencia defender Jose Luis Gaya said. “We still have chances.”
Valencia remains in contention for two titles this season. It has reached the Copa del Rey final — against Barcelona on May 25 — and the semifinals of the Europa League against Arsenal.
Sevilla played with a chance to regain fourth place, but a 62nd-minute goal by Portu gave victory to Girona, which had lost six straight and needed the three points to escape the relegation zone.
Getafe couldn’t overcome a slow start at midtable Real Sociedad and wasn’t helped by video decisions.
Sociedad scored its opening goal from the penalty spot after a VAR decision, and the visitors later complained of two alleged penalties in its favor that were not called.
Getafe’s lone goal came a few minutes from the end.
“We knew this match was important because it could have given us some breathing room after the results from earlier in the day,” Getafe goalkeeper David Soria said. “We have three finals in front of us now.”
Getafe is the biggest surprise of the season. It was coming off a home draw against Real Madrid and was unbeaten in five straight matches.
Barcelona clinched its second consecutive league title — and eighth in 11 seasons — with a 1-0 home win against Levante on Saturday.
Third-place Real Madrid plays at bottom side Rayo Vallecano later Sunday to try to reduce the gap on second-place Atletico. It is currently nine points behind the city rival.