Sevilla struck late on to ensure relegated Numancia suffered a 2-0 defeat and a losing end to life in the Primera Division.
In a match where nothing but pride was at stake - Sevilla were already assured of third place in the standings and Numancia were sent down last weekend - it was the visitors who took the spoils thanks to goals from Emiliano Armenteros and Numancia captain Juan Carlos Moreno, who put through his own net.
Substitute Armenteros broke the deadlock for a weakened Sevilla side in the 88th minute, before Moreno inadvertently put past his own goalkeeper two minutes into injury time as Numancia bade farewell to the top flight on a sorry note.
The Soria-based side's fate was decided by their 1-0 defeat at Getafe last weekend, but they looked determined to go down with a win after starting promisingly at Los Pajaritos.
In the third minute Carlos Aranda brought a parry out of Sevilla goalkeeper Javi Varas with a header, before Mario went close moments later with a long-range strike.
Aranda had another attempt in the 17th minute with a header which just cleared the crossbar following a corner from Jose Barkero, and at that stage last season's Segunda Division champions looked the more likely scorers.
The home side could not make the breakthrough before half-time, but they came within inches of managing it in the 58th minute when Moreno rattled the crossbar.
Moreno's stunning left-footed volley from the edge of the box looked to be arrowing into the top corner, but it struck the underside of the bar and bounced down onto the line before being collected by a relieved Varas.
If that had gone in then a battling Numancia could well have gone on to record the win, but as it was Sevilla - led by their three second-half substitutes Jesus Navas, Ernesto Chevanton and Armenteros - moved up through the gears in the closing stages to take the points themselves.
Navas went agonisingly close to opening the scoring in the 69th minute when he smacked a dipping volley just wide of the far post after a corner had fallen to him on the edge of the box.
Abdoulay Konko then wasted a good shooting opportunity when he dwelt too long on the ball, before Navas almost embarrassed Juan Pablo with a low shot that slipped through the Numancia goalkeeper's hands and rolled just wide of the far post.
Sevilla were pushing hard for a goal though, and it finally arrived two minutes from time when 23-year-old Argentinian Armenteros - called up to the first team squad due to the unavailability of Frederic Kanoute and Luis Fabiano - slotted home.
A long ball over the defence was chested down by Chevanton inside the area and his cut-back from the goalline gave the unmarked Armenteros the simple task of firing into the roof of an unguarded net.
That put Sevilla in the driving seat, and they ensured their season ended on a high four minutes later when Moreno turned the ball into his own net trying to cut out Diego Perotti's low cross.