|First Division - Day 38|
Villarreal 4 - Levante 1
Javi Venta (Armando Sá 79'), Quique Alvarez, Gonzalo Rodríguez,
Arruabarrena; Marcos Senna, Josico; Cazorla (Peña 72'), José
Marí (Figueroa 75'), Riquelme; Diego Forlán. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Villarreal: Cazorla, Riquelme for Héctor Font, Sorín / Levante: Juanma, Celestini, Sergio García, Reggi for Camacho, Ettien, Nacho, Congo.
Villarreal made sure of their place in the Champions League with a 4-1 win over Levante, a result which condemns the Valencia based side to the second division. It was not so clear at the start though as the visitors took the initiative in the opening minutes. True, José Marí did head against the post against the run of play, but Reggi got on the end of Juanma's cross to beat Reina and give his side hope of survival.
The locals did not want to lose their grip in the last game though, and Marcos Senna shot just wide and then had another effort turned away for a corner. And although the defence did get the kick away, the ball only went as far as Riquelme who floated in a cross which Josico steered in to the net. And with the first half coming to an end, Diego Forlán turned in Arruabarrena's headed pass close to goal to put his side in front, and also to draw level with Eto'o in the Pichichi table.
José Luis Oltra's rallied though when news came through that Mallorca were losing, and a draw would have kept them up. Reggi went close a couple of times, and with Sevilla losing and therefore no threat of the hosts missing out on the top four spots, there was even talk of a tacit agreement between neighbours to let the visitors get the goal they needed.
However with a couple of minutes to go Mallorca equalised in San Moix, and seconds later Forlán burst through to score his second of the night to wrap things up and also tie up the Pichichi title. Levante slumped, and Forlán could have completed his hat-trick before he set up Figueroa to add a fourth in injury time. It was all over; Pellegrini's boys join the big time and their opponents return to the second division after one brief but eventful season in the top flight.