Pep Guardiola signed off in his final game at the Camp Nou with a victory, as Lionel Messi reached new heights. Meanwhile, the relegation battle heated up further, as five teams go into the final day of the season facing demotion alongside Racing Santander.
BARCELONA 4-0 ESPANYOL
It was an emotional fixture at Camp Nou, as Pep Guardiola bid farewell to Los Cules in a local derby with Espanyol. For once, Espanyol did not put on a well-crafted resistance, as they found themselves falling by the wayside to the honed destructive force of Lionel Messi.
The Argentine master netted a four-goal haul in this Catalan derby, adding to his hat-trick in the previous fixture against Malaga. Two goals may have come from the penalty spot, but Messi still celebrated his final goal of the game and 50th league strike of the season with his iconic manager as Barca signed off at home with a dominant win.
GRANADA 1-2 REAL MADRID
Real Madrid may have wrapped up the title already, but that didn’t stop them inflicting a controversial victory on Granada that leaves the Andalusian outfit still entrenched in the relegation mire.
Franco Jara had given the home side the lead five minutes into this contest, and an unmotivated Real side didn’t look like getting back into the game until the final ten minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo levelled from the spot, before David Cortes put through his own net in stoppage time, provoking angry protests from the Granada players after the final whistle, with Moises Hurtado and Guilherme Siqueira now to sit out their pivotal final day clash with Rayo Vallecano after seeing post-match reds.
REAL ZARAGOZA 2-1 RACING SANTANDER
Zaragoza are now another whole step closer to survival, as they defeated the already relegated Racing at La Romareda. Zara are now level on points with 17th placed Rayo Vallecano, as they look to seal a miraculous recovery, having looked doomed in March.
They had fallen behind to a tenth minute strike from Christian to put fear into the hearts of the home faithful, but retaliated instantly through Helder Postiga. The game looked to be heading for a draw, but Angel Lafita cropped up 12 minutes from time to give Zara real hope going into their final game against Getafe.
SEVILLA 5-2 RAYO VALLECANO
Rayo are on the other hand in a real peril that never looked likely as they tried to put together a shock European bid, but now sit out of the relegation zone purely on their head-to-head record against Zaragoza.
Sevilla gave themselves an outside chance of European qualification with a dominant victory, with Baba Diawara grabbing a brace on the way. He opened the scoring on the half hour mark, before Diego Costa levelled for the visitors. Cala put Sevilla back in front just after half-time, before Diawara doubled his tally and Jose Reyes scored his first for Sevilla since returning in January.
Costa pulled another goal back for Rayo, but Fredi Kanoute sealed an emphatic victory with his final goal at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with his contract up at the end of the season.
SPORTING GIJON 2-1 REAL BETIS
Sporting also gave themselves a glimmer of hope of survival with a victory over Real Betis, who have already sealed their own safety. Sporting can only overhaul Rayo in the table, and will have to take victory away to Malaga, who still have plenty to play for themselves.
This hope would not be possible without the form of Gaston Sangoy, and the forward scored another two goals in this crucial crunch, either side of Jorge Molina’s solitary strike to give Sporting a precious, but potentially futile three points.
VALENCIA 1-0 VILLARREAL
Villarreal also find themselves facing a final day of tension, as they fell to defeat against rivals Valencia to leave them just one point above the relegation zone. A home match against Champions League chasing Atletico Madrid does not pose a comfortable task, and they are more likely to have to rely on other teams losing to maintain their place in La Primera.
Valencia on the other hand secured their place as ‘best of the rest’, officially finishing this season in third after Jonas continued his rich goal-scoring form to give them the maximum haul.
ATLETICO MADRID 2-1 MALAGA
Atletico warmed up for their Europa League final with a massive win over Malaga, which leaves them with hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League. They will require victory at Villarreal next week and hope Malaga lose at home to Sporting, but they look at least odds on to qualify for one European competition anyway.
Eliseu had given Malaga a first half lead, but Koke and Adrian replied in the second half to give Los Rojiblancos a big victory, leaving it all to play for on what is shaping up to be a fascinating final day.
MALLORCA 1-0 LEVANTE
Mallorca are now in a shock position to land European football, as their run of victories extended to four over fellow hopefuls Levante. Their head-to-head record lifts them above the minnows and into the final qualification position, although a tough test awaits them at the Bernabeu on the final day.
Pina’s goal ten minutes into the second half proved enough for Mallorca, as they look to seal a European spot that they were denied two years ago due to financial irregularities.
OSASUNA 1-0 REAL SOCIEDAD
Osasuna remain in the hunt for those European places, as they sit just a point behind Mallorca and Levante thanks to this victory over Sociedad. A final day meeting with already-relegated Racing gives them potentially the best chance of qualifying, with Mallorca in Madrid, while Levante face a home tie with Athletic Bilbao.
Ibrahima Balde’s solitary strike means Osasuna have such a great opportunity, as he struck 14 minutes into the match to seal the victory.
ATHLETIC BILBAO 0-0 GETAFE
To say Athletic had one eye on their Europa League final on Wednesday would be an understatement in this lack-lustre match at San Mames. Athletic will now require victory in either the Europa League or Copa Del Rey finals to return to Europe again next season, as they will need a massive amount of results to go their way to jump the four places necessary to make it via league position.
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