Granada, Mallorca or Cádiz, one will fall on the last day
Villarreal and Athletic opt for the Conference League
MADRID, 15 May. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Deportivo Alavés consummated its mathematical relegation this Sunday in the penultimate matchday of LaLiga Santander, falling (3-1) to a Levante that was already relegated, while Real Sociedad tied the Europa League place with a comeback (1-2 ) to Villarreal.
The Basque team had it complicated and winning at the Ciutat was a must without further ado. Those of Julio Velázquez, Glorioso's third coach after Javi Calleja and José Mendilibar in a season always down, gave in despite taking the lead before the break through Joselu to hold on to Primera.
Levante, indebted to their fans for losing the category, grew in the second half with Morales. The 'comandante' drove the rival defense crazy and the 'granota' team sent Alavés to the Second Division with goals from Duarte, Roger and Morales himself. The Basque team, which narrowly escaped last year, is relegated six years later.
The agony for salvation will still haunt Granada (37), Mallorca (36) and Cádiz (36), with the yellows in the red zone. The Balearic team was the only one capable of getting the three points to depend on itself to save itself, with an agonizing victory against Rayo Vallecano (2-1). Abdón Prats was the hero again.
The protagonist of Palma's promotion a year ago caught the loose ball in the area in the 92nd minute that took Javier Aguirre's team out of relegation. Son Moix had to suffer despite the fact that Muriqi put the hosts ahead, because Pathe Ciss equalized from a corner kick in the second half and Cádiz tied with Madrid.
The team from Cadiz missed a penalty with Negredo and had a good siege against a champion who was less. Real Madrid took the lead at the Nuevo Mirandilla through Mariano but Sobrino equalized for Sergio González's men. Lunin prevented the victory of a Cádiz team that demanded a penalty from Fali on the last play.
Meanwhile, Granada fell (2-0) to Real Betis, the first loss with Karanka, in a weak game gripped by nerves. The Cup champion won with a brace from Juanmi, one in each half, but Sevilla's last draw against Atlético de Madrid forced the Betis to settle for the Europa League.
The second continental competition will also be played by Real Sociedad, it remains to be seen if they will be fifth or sixth, at the expense of a Villarreal team that failed at La Cerámica. Unai Emery's men had the punch in the first half, the big problem for the Basques despite the fact that they also had their chances, with a great goal from Coquelin.
La Real was gaining prominence and Isak and Zubimendi punished the lack of forcefulness of the 'Submarino' in their area. The victory of the Basques gives life to their neighbors in Bilbao, an Athletic that, with one point less than Villarreal, will aspire to seventh place on the last day. In San Mamés the 2-0 against Osasuna was well celebrated.
The 'lions' did not give up that European Conference League option and left a great performance against a rival who did not play anything. Athletic was as offensive as could be and goals came from Berenguer, after half an hour, and Villalibre, already at 79'. With nothing at stake, Celta beat Elche (1-0) thanks to Denis Suárez.