Week 37 in review
With Real Madrid in action earlier on Tuesday evening as the penultimate round of fixtures got underway, a late goal saw them rise temporarily to the top of the table after it looked like they were initially going to drop points in their game against Elche. French striker Karim Benzema, who was so influential in their 3-0 victory against the league leaders at the weekend, opening the scoring with just 5 minutes gone from the spot. Elche pulled level, and looked set to do Valencia a massive favour, with just over 10 minutes to go, but in the 5th minute of stoppage time Mariano was on hand to score and take all 3 points for the reigning champions, who put themselves 2 clear at the top as a result.
Elsewhere in the early games, Sevilla beat Villarreal 1-0, both sides sitting just outside the European qualification spots, with defeat damaging the visitors hopes of grabbing the final spot, while Barcelona denied Levante the chance to secure safety with a comfortable 2-0 win at the Camp Nou. Just below them, Getafe also missed the opportunity to pull clear, as they hosted Atlético Madrid, going down 2-1 and sitting just 1 point ahead of Huesca, who were also in action later in the evening.
Aside from Valencia registering a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Athletic Bilbao, relegation threatened Huesca gave their survival hopes a boost with a massive 3 points in a 1-0 win against Osasuna, with striker Rafa Mir scoring the only goal with the visitors reduced to 10 men. Celta Vigo also remain in the relegation battle heading into the final weekend as they fell 2-0 against already relegated Cadiz in the other game at the foot of the table on Wednesday evening.
In the remaining three fixtures of the penultimate round, already relegated Eibar were condemned to their 26th defeat of the season, four more than any other side, as they were hammered 4-1 away against Granada, who remain comfortable in mid table. It was another mid table clash as Valladolid hosted Alavés, with the game ending all square as Toni Villa both scored and was then dismissed for Valladolid. The final game saw Alexander Isak, who has been a revelation in front of goal this season, help himself to a brace as Real Sociedad chalked up a comfortable 2-0 win against Real Betis, with both sides already having qualified for the Europa league and nothing left to play for but league points and pride.Share this: