Real Murcia and Sevilla played out a disappointing goalless draw at the Nueva Condomina on Saturday night, a result which will suit neither side.
Sixth-placed Sevilla are battling to try and return to the Champions League again next season, while at the other end of the table second-bottom Murcia are fighting to escape the relegation zone.
However, neither side can feel confident about achieving either of their goals after this match, with Sevilla falling five points behind the top four after Atletico Madrid beat Getafe on Sunday, and Murcia at least seven points from safety with only four matches remaining.
Sevilla went into the match desperate to make amends for last weekend`s embarrassing 4-1 home defeat to Andalusian rivals Almeria, while they were also without prolific striker Frederic Kanoute.
But for a side which has built a reputation as one of Europe`s most attacking teams over the last few years, Sevilla found it difficult to create many clear-cut chances against a well organised and battling Murcia side.
Luis Fabiano, the league`s leading scorer with 23 goals, had a half-chance in the 20th minute after winning a race with outrushing Murcia goalkeeper Fabian Carini, but the Brazil international completely missed the ball and the opportunity was lost.
At the other end, Murcia substitute Abel Gomez tried his luck from distance which Sevilla custodian Andres Palop needed two attempts to gather.
Probably the best chance of the first period fell to Sevilla winger Diego Capel just before half-time.
A Dirnei Renato pass was just behind Luis Fabiano but it fell into the path of the quicksilver Capel inside the area. However, with only Carini to beat, the youngster was unable to keep his shot down.
Sevilla went much closer 10 minutes into the second half when Luis Fabiano struck the woodwork.
Dani Alves threaded a pass forward for his fellow Brazilian, who did well to shake off the challenge of Stephane Pignol before dinking a shot over Carini. But the ball struck the near post before rebounding back into the hands of the grateful Murcia goalkeeper.
Murcia's biggest goal threat in the second half looked to come from free-kicks, with Ivan Alonso and Daniel Aquino both going close.
Alonso fizzed the first over on the hour mark and Aquino fired in a effort which was palmed away by Palop low down by his left post 11 minutes from time.
Murcia looked the more likely winners over the closing stages and they were not afraid to try their luck from distance, although few of the efforts actually tested Palop in the visiting goal.
Sevilla had one last chance to snatch a winner deep into injury-time when they were awarded a free-kick 40 yards from goal. Alves took the kick and although Federico Fazio managed to get on the end of it, his header across goal drifted just wide of the far post, much to Sevilla`s agony and Murcia`s relief.