A thrilling penultimate weekend to the season, with all ten first division games scheduled to kick off at the same time on Sunday evening. Hardly any of the issues at stake were resolved though, and next weekend is likely to be even more nerve-wracking than this. The top three places were confirmed some time ago, but the fourth Champions League spot is still open, Valencia moving a couple of points above Real Sociedad after they beat Granada 1-0, whereas the Basque side were held to a 3-3 draw by Real Madrid.
Granada themselves are safe though after Deportivo and Zaragoza both lost, the Galicians beaten 3-1 by Málaga, and the Maños getting thrashed 4-0 by Betis. Depor remain a point above the drop zone however, and a win against Real Sociedad next weekend will ensure they stay up, although a 0-2 victory for Celta at Valladolid, and a 0-0 draw by Mallorca at Atlético Madrid means that any of the bottom three could still save themselves if Fernando Vázquez's side flounder.
Osasuna are also sure of another season in the top flight after they came from behind to record a 2-1 win against Sevilla, who only have a very remote chance now of making it in to the Europa League positions, especially after Rayo Vallecano won 1-2 at neighbours Getafe. Sevilla's fate will depend upon appeals by sixth placed Málaga and eighth placed Rayo against their European bans, but if those bans are upheld then the third E-League spot could go to anyone, including Levante, who won 0-1 at Athletic Bilbao (the last match in the old San Mamés stadium), Athletic themselves, or Espanyol, who were beaten 0-2 by their city neighbours Barcelona. (26.05.13)