Real Madrid were officially crowned champions after victory at San Mames, whilst Sporting Gijon edge ever closer to the drop.
ATHLETIC BILBAO 0-3 REAL MADRID
It’s been a long time coming and was basically assured after their Clasico victory, but Real Madrid are officially the champions of Spain for the first time in four years and can start the celebration.
Against an Athletic side with probably more than one eye on the upcoming Europa League final, it was always likely, with a win enough to allow them to handle the trophy. The result was never in doubt after 20 minutes, with both Gonzalo Higuain and Mesut Özil putting their names on the scoreboard, even after Cristiano Ronaldo had missed his second penalty in a week.
Ronaldo made amends for that five minutes into the second half to confirm victory and the title, whilst Athletic will be able to rest Javi Martinez at the weekend, after he received his marching orders for the second time this season.
BARCELONA 4-1 MALAGA
They had to win to put any form of pressure on Real, but it was to no avail, despite a relatively convincing victory over high-flying Malaga, who remain fourth in the table.
Carles Puyol and Salomon Rondon had exchanged goals inside the first half hour, before the rest of the night predictably belonged to Lionel Messi. The Argentinean scored a hat-trick, two from the penalty spot, to take his personal tally to 46 in the league, and 68 altogether for the season, breaking the record held by the legendary Gerd Muller.
VALENCIA 4-0 OSASUNA
It’s been a rough ride for Unai Emery of late, as he intends to step down at the end of the season, but at least he can leave with back-to-back four-goal victories at Mestalla stadium, as they delivered another blow to Osasuna’s European hopes and goal difference, with only the bottom three boasting worse records.
The scoreline was somewhat flattering for Valencia however, as the scores remained goalless with 15 minutes remaining, despite Osasuna’s Dejan Lekic having seen red on the stroke of half-time.
But a late rally, with braces from in-form Jonas and Aritz Aduriz saw Valencia claim a comfortable victory in the end, essentially assuring their participation in next season’s Champions League competition.
SPORTING GIJON 2-3 VILLARREAL
Sporting Gijon are all but down now, as a defeat in a six-pointer with struggling Villarreal left them needing a miracle to avoid playing next season in La Segunda.
Mario Perez and Alberto Lora had exchanged strikes in the first half, before Marcos Senna restored Villarreal’s advantage just before half-time. Hernan Perez extended the visitors lead ten minutes into the second half, which sealed victory, despite Sporting threatening to rally through Alejandro Galvez five minutes from time.
Cesar was sent off in stoppage time for Villarreal, despite never entering the pitch, but they remain four points clear of the drop zone, with just two games remaining now. Sporting in the other hand are six points from safety, with only their head-to-head meetings with Rayo Vallecano giving them any hope.
REAL ZARAGOZA 1-0 LEVANTE
Zaragoza on the other hand have a real shot at survival, as victory over Levante meant they are now just three points from safety, though their head-to-head meetings with Rayo leave them at a disadvantage.
Edu Oriol netted the only goal of the game after 11 minutes to give them that hope, with winnable games at home to Racing Santander and a final day visit to Getafe meaning they will have a big chance of a miraculous survival.
MALLORCA 1-0 RAYO VALLECANO
At the beginning of April, these sides were outside contenders for relegation and European qualification. Respectively. Since then, the complete opposite has happened, as Rayo find themselves dragged into a very real relegation battle, whilst Mallorca’s run of form finds them one point behind sixth-placed Atletico Madrid.
Gonzalo Castro scored the only goal of the game to continue that fine run of form, whilst Rayo will need a victory against either Sevilla or Granada to seal their safety.
ATLETICO MADRID 1-1 REAL SOCIEDAD
Atletico blew a real chance to all-but secure their participation in next season’s Europa League, as they conceded a late equaliser to Sociedad, having been reduced to ten men.
Gabi had given them the lead, but blotted his own copybook by earning himself a dismissal 20 minutes from time, picking up two bookings in five minutes. Atletico looked like they might just hold on, but Carlos Vela continued his fine run of form, popping up in stoppage time to give La Real a share of the spoils.
SEVILLA 1-2 REAL BETIS
Real Betis will see their return to La Primera as something of a success, as they have survived comfortably, topped the table for a brief spell at the start of the season and currently sit level on points with arch-rivals Sevilla, following a dramatic win in their own backyard.
Alvaro Negredo had looked to set Sevilla on their way with his sixth minute strike, but they found themselves pegged back by Etxebarria Benat just before half-time. There was to be late drama, as Benat sealed a massive victory for Los Verdiblancos in stoppage time, whilst Sevilla were reduced to ten men, as Gary Medel saw red just seconds afterwards.
GRANADA 2-1 ESPANYOL
Barring a major catastrophe, Granada will be playing Primera football next season, despite their low odds of survival at the start of the season. Victory over second-half slumpers Espanyol gives them a five point cushion between themselves and Zaragoza, with Villarreal and Rayo providing a club buffer as well.
First half strikes from Odion Ighalo proved enough for Granada to seal a precious three points, as Espanyol’s second half resurgence only brought about one goal, through Didac Vila.
GETAFE 1-1 RACING SANTANDER
Too little, far too late for Racing who can only console themselves knowing they have decimated Getafe’s faint European dreams.
A penalty from Miku and a goal from Papakouli Diop within a five minute second half spell saw the spoils shared in this match, as Racing drew for what has been a very costly 15th time this season.
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