Sevilla moved level on points with Atlético Madrid in third after a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Thursday evening.
Joaquín Correa scored his fourth of the season to provide the breakthrough just after half time as the 22-year-old cut inside past two Celta defenders to smash the ball into the top corner with his left foot.
The former Estudiantes midfielder has improved as the season has progressed under the guidance of Sampaoli and aside from perhaps deserving a closer look by Argentina in the forthcoming friendlies, looks set for an important 2017-18 season.
Eduardo Berizzo recently guided Celta Vigo to a first European semi-final in the club’s history and less than five minutes later, his side were level in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán thanks to an Iago Aspas penalty.
However, ten minutes from time Wissam Ben Yedder won it for Sevilla and with Atlético losing earlier this week, only goal difference now separates Diego Simeone’s side in third and Jorge Sampaoli’s in fourth.