Samir Nasri missed a second-half penalty as Sevilla squandered the chance to close to within a point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 0-0 draw home to Villarreal on Sunday.
The Frenchman's low spot-kick was well saved by Sergio Asenjo, who then made a spectacular stop from Vicente Iborra's late header as La Liga's best defence held out for a point at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
Sevilla trail Madrid by three points, but the European champions have two games in hand.
Real were due to be in action later on Sunday, but their clash at Celta Vigo was postponed after bad weather damaged Celta's stadium.
A point moves Villarreal above Real Sociedad on goal difference into fifth, four points off Atletico Madrid in the final Champions League spot.
Sevilla remain third, four points ahead of Atletico, but trail second-placed Barcelona by two points.