First Division - Day 38

Real Madrid 5 - Levante 2

Madrid: Codina; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Cannavaro (Metzelder 61'), Marcelo; Guti, Diarra, Sneijder; Raúl, Van Nistelrooy (Higuaín 69'), Robinho (Robben 61'). 4-3-3.
Levante: Manolo Reina; Manolo Gaspar, Descarga, Armando, Rubiales; José Serrano, Javi Fuego; Juanma(Saúl 76'), Pedro León (Iborra 72'), Courtois (Arveladze 80'); Geijo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Codina, Pepe, Raúl for Dudek, Metzelder, Higuaín / Levante: Manolo Gaspar, Pedro León for Robusté, Riga.

1-0. 22. Van Nistelrooy. Header past Reina after Ramos played on Sneijder corner.
2-0. 27. Sergio Ramos. Ran in from behind to head Guti's pass past keeper.
3-0. 40. Van Nistelrooy. Turned ball in from close up after Robinho passed across.
3-1. 52. Geijo. Turned ball past Codina after Courtois cut in from left wing.
4-1. 54. Sneijder. Curled free kick over defensive wall into top corner of net.
4-2. 63. Geijo. Got on end of Courtois cross to shoot into net from close up.
5-2. 77. Sergio Ramos. Steered long header wide of Reina following corner.

Real Madrid celebrated their 31st league title with a 5-2 victory over bottom club Levante. The match almost didn't take place, the visiting players calling off their strike not long before kick off, but having refused to train all week they were easy pickings for their hosts. Van Nistelrooy opened the scoring midway through the first half after Sergio Ramos headed on Sneijder's corner, and Ramos made it two himself just five minutes later, running in to head past Reina after Guti played the ball across goal.

Infamous linesman Rafa Guerrero was running the touchline for the last time before retiring, and he pulled up Van Nistelrooy a couple of times for dubious offsides. However he didn't see anything wrong when the striker poked in Robinho's cross five minutes before the break a yard or two ahead of the nearest defender.

Levante themselves were putting up a bit of fight though, and the crowd applauded sportingly when Courtois lef Pepe for dead before setting up Geijo to score. Two minutes later however Sneijder curled a free kick into the top corner of the net to restore the three goal cushion, and although Geijo got a second from another Courtois cross a few minutes later, Sergio Ramos rounded things off with a fifth goal later on. Bernd Schuster's side end the season with a record 85 points, and after they were presented with the champions trophy, the fireworks began.