First division - day 37
An extraordinary night of football in La Liga, where the title race was turned upside down in the last few seconds of the penultimate round of games. Barcelona appeared to be cruising towards their third league championship in a row, leading city neighbours Espanyol with their main rivals Real Madrid losing at Zaragoza. But in a period of just eighteen seconds Van Nistelrooy equalised for Capello's side, and then Tamudo levelled the scores in the Nou Camp. Both matches ended a couple of minutes later at 2-2, meaning that Real Madrid stay top of the table thanks to a better head-to-head goal average over the Catalans. With Sevilla picking up a point as well in a 0-0 draw at Mallorca to stay two points behind the leaders, everything will now be decided next Sunday.
It was not just the league title which was at stake though, and four teams will be battling it out next week to avoid the two remaining relegation spots after today's results. Real Sociedad have an uphill fight though after they could only draw 0-0 against Racing Santander, Savio missing a late penalty which would have put them within a point of safety. The Basque side now have to win at Valencia next week and hope Betis lose and Celta at best draw to avoid the drop. Betis themselves had a disastrous night, losing 0-5 to Osasuna, but they will be safe if they can win at Santander next weekend.
Celta kept their hopes alive with a 2-3 win at Atlético Madrid, and they are now only a point behind Betis and Athletic Bilbao. The Galicians play Getafe at home in their last match. The result left Atlético outside of the EUFA cup spots, two points now behind Zaragoza and also Villarreal, who came back from a goal down to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-1. Athletic themselves ended the day just a point above the drop zone, and their last game is at home to Levante, who made sure of another season in the top flight with a 4-2 win over city rivals Valencia. All in all a thrilling night, but it was just a curtain raiser for next Sunday! (09.06.07)
A couple of games with nothing at stake on Sunday evening, with already relegated Gimnàstic winning 0-1 against a Getafe side who are already thinking about the cup final, and Recreativo beating a poor Deportivo 2-5, Cazorla getting two of the goals for the visitors. (10.06.07)