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Match round-up - First Division, Day 36

One match on Monday night with nothing at stake, Levante winning 0-3 at Leganés to move above their hosts in the table. All the goals came after the break, Morales, Bardhi and Coke scoring to make it four victories in a row for the Valencia based side. (07.05.18)

Everybody expected the latest “clásico” between Barcelona and Real Madrid to be a damp squib as neither had anything to play for, but in the end it turned out to be an entertaining match, the Catalans holding on to their unbeaten league record after the game ended 2-2. Both coaches put out their best line-ups, and with only a quarter of an hour gone Ronaldo had already equalised Luis Suárez’s opener. The locals had to play the entire second half with ten men after Sergi Roberto was sent off, but Messi restored the lead after the restart, and Bale levelled it once again a few minutes later. Barça are now twelve points clear at the top of the table after second placed Atlético lost 0-2 to Espanyol earlier in the afternoon. Savic headed a shot from Melendo in to his own net early on in the second half, and Leo Baptistao added a second to hand Simeone’s side their first league defeat in the new Metropolitano stadium. Getafe meanwhile are back up to seventh after a late 0-1 victory at Las Palmas, Shibasaki setting up Angel for the only goal to take the Madrid based team a point above Sevilla. Elsewhere Alavés won 0-3 at Málaga in the mid-day kick-off, Manu García opening the scoring in the third minute, and Demirovic and Ibai Gómez bagging two more after the interval. (06.05.18)

Valencia were beaten 1-0 by regional neighbours Villarreal in the last game on Saturday evening, although the Ches had already secured the fourth Champions League spot after fifth placed Betis lost earlier in the day. Mario headed the only goal for the locals near the end to consolidate their sixth spot, and they are now only two points below Betis, who were beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao. Muniain and Aduríz got the goals in the last quarter of an hour to hand the Andalusians their first defeat in nine games, although they felt hard done by after having a goal controversially disallowed before Aduríz wrapped things up. With the Champions League and relegation places already clear, the only thing to be decided is which two teams will join Betis in the Europa League next season. Villarreal are almost there (and will be if Getafe don’t win tomorrow), but no less than six clubs are still in with a chance of the last berth. Eibar kept their hopes alive with a 1-4 victory over Girona in the early kick-off, Kike Garcia scoring twice before Aday got one back, and Inui setting up Jordán and then getting the fourth himself near the end. That took the Basques to within a point of their hosts, and Celta are a point behind them, level with Real Sociedad, after a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Deportivo. The Galicians will not be happy though after a last minute strike by Lucas Pérez for the already relegated side cancelled out Maxi Gómez’s early opener. (05.05.18)

Sevilla got their European campaign back on track with a 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad on Friday evening. The Andalusians fired coach Montella midweek and replaced him with old warhorse Joaquín Caparrós after they dropped out of the top seven, but a Banega penalty at the start of the second half took them back above Getafe pending the rest of the weekend games. (04.05.18)