What is left to be decided on the final day of LaLiga?
The Conference League playoff spot and the identity of the last relegated side will be determined in the final round of Liga fixtures next weekend.
The penultimate round of fixtures in LaLiga served to wrap up some matters at both ends of the table, but the identity of the final team condemned to Segunda will go to the wire in the final round of matches. In the meantime, the Champions League places were sewn up and Barcelona ensured they will finish second, in doing so finalizing the make-up of the Spanish Super Cup. Real Madrid were already confirmed as champions and played out a 1-1 draw at Cádiz that, along with a last-gasp Mallorca goal, will ensure plenty of drama at the foot of the standing next weekend.
Alavés were mathematically consigned to Segunda División after being beaten 3-1 by already relegated Levante at the Ciutat de Valencia in a game that once again has proven the old adage that when a team has nothing left to play for, they suddenly start to play well. Three teams will go into the final round of games of the season looking to avoid the same fate: Granada, Cádiz and Mallorca. The Balearic side were in the relegation places with 92 minutes on the clock but a dramatic late winner against Rayo saw them leapfrog Cádiz, whose 1-1 draw against a half-hearted Madrid side looked to have handed the advantage to the Gaditanos. Granada host Espanyol next Sunday in the knowledge that a win will preserve their status regards of results elsewhere. Mallorca and Cádiz are a point behind and if the Balearic side win and Cádiz draw, against Osasuna and Alavés respectively, Granada will go down if they are defeated at home.
Getafe have no such concerns after a 0-0 draw at home against Barcelona ensured the southern Madrid side will be in Primera against next season. Geta will travel to Elche on the final day in what will be a glorified friendly with neither side having much on the table, other than the possibility of finishing one place ahead of each other.
The European wooden spoon will go down to the final day as well with Villarreal and Athletic both in contention for qualification to the Conference League. The Yellow Submarine are a point ahead of the Lions and travel to Camp Nou, where they may find Barça as uninterested as they were in Getafe, while Athletic have the tougher trip away at the Pizjuán against Sevilla.
The Europa League is all tied up with a game to go. Betis and Real Sociedad, who earned their spot by beating Villarreal at the Cerámica, will go into Europe’s second-tier competition, which is not a bad reward for a season that briefly promised so much more for both on that front. Betis also won the Copa del Rey of course, which means they and runners-up Valencia will contest the Spanish Super Cup.
Sevilla’s 1-1 draw against Atlético in the Metropolitano ensured Julen Lopetegui’s side a spot in next year’s Champions League, which Diego Simeone’s side had already qualified for. All that remains to be decided is who will finish third. Atlético travel to Real Sociedad on the final day with a one-point advantage while fourth-placed Sevilla host Athletic.
Spanish Super Cup
The Spanish Super Cup has also been wrapped up with Barcelona securing second place in LaLiga. The mid-season mini-tournament in Saudi Arabia will thusly be contested by champions Real Madrid, Barça and Copa finalists Betis and Valencia.
Week 37 results
Athletic 2-0 Osasuna
Atlético 1-1 Sevilla
Cádiz 1-1 Real Madrid
Celta 1-0 Elche
Getafe 0-0 Barça
Levante 3-1 Alavés
Mallorca 2-1 Rayo
Betis 2-0 Granada
Villarreal 1-2 Real Sociedad