Week 38 in review
As the season concluded, with many eyes on the title battle being played out to the wire, there was also still the matter of a Europa League place up for grabs, while at the bottom several sides went into the day staring a potential drop to the Segunda. Real Madrid retained their title with a solid 0-0 draw away to Valladolid, the solitary point seeing them break the hearts of Valencia, who had lead for most of the season to this point. The league leaders coming into the day, Valencia struggled to close out the title and a penalty from former player Ivan Rakitic was enough to condemn them to a 3-2 defeat against Sevilla, which saw the title return to the capital.
Athletic Bilbao did enough to claim the final European spot with a 2-0 win at home to Elche, who having already secured safety had little to play for at San Mamés. Villarreal, who had been hoping to snatch the final spot, also closed out the season with a win, a 3-0 triumph over Alavés drawing the curtain on their season, but it wasn’t enough as they finished a point behind Bilbao in the end.
Barcelona finished their season with a flourish as they hammered Europa league qualifiers Real Sociedad 4-0, taking an early lead just 3 minutes into the game through Coutinho. Meanwhile Eibar, already relegated, ended their season with a 2-0 home win against Osasuna, who finished in relative mid table safety. Eibar must now prepare for life in the Segunda again, alongside Cadiz who ended their campaign with a 0-0 draw away at Granada.
Celta Vigo secured their safety with an impressive 3-0 win away at Real Betis, another side who had already secured European qualification and so had little motivation going into the final day. That left all eyes on the matches in Madrid where Atlético Madrid hosted Levante, and a real 6 pointer between Huesca and Getafe, to see who would face the drop. With Atlético taking a lead 19 minutes in, Levante found themselves immediately up against it, and when that was doubled 7 minutes later it all but confirmed the Valencian side would be going down. In the other game, Getafe ensured their survival taking a 2-0 lead into the break, Victor Mollejo grabbing a hat-trick in the end in a 4-1 win, with Huesca, although on the end of that hammering, also surviving by a point as Atlético added another 2 goals in the second half to see off Levante 4-0 in the end.Share this: