La Liga & Serie A roundup: Valencia eyes top-four finish; Napoli blanks Milan


Catch up on all of Sunday’s action from Spain and Italy’s top flights.

Valencia 3-1 Eibar

Valencia is now two wins away from playing in the Champions League next season thanks to an easy 3-1 victory over Eibar. A Nicolas Otamendi header put the hosts in the lead at the break, with second half goals from Daniel Parejo and Paco Alcacar sealing the victory. Valencia sit fourth on the table, three points clear of Sevilla, while Eibar hovers just a point above the drop zone.

[ RELATED: Saturday’s La Liga & Serie A roundup ]

Espanyol 1-1 Rayo

Espanyol could have gone level with Athletic in seventh place with a win, but failed to capitalize in a 1-1 draw with Rayo. The visitors went ahead within the opening half hour through a goal from Emiliano Insua, despite play being dominated by the home-side. Espanyol needed a late equalizer from Hector Moreno to steal a point, and now have three matches to try and earn a berth in the Europa League.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Getafe 1-2 Granada
Malaga 1-2 Elche
Almeria vs. Celta Vigo (Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET)


Filippo Inzaghi is under fire at Milan, as the Rossoneri sit in 11th place on the Serie A table.

Napoli 3-0 Milan

Milan were forced to ten-men within the opening minute of play, when Mattia De Sciglio was shown a straight red just 44 seconds into the match. De Sciglio took down Marek Hamsik in the box, earning himself a sending off and giving Napoli a penalty kick. Gonzalo Higuain’s penalty was saved however, and it took Napoli 70 minutes to find the back of the net. Three goals in six minutes from Hamsik, Higuain and Manolo Gabbiadini gave Napoli the win, who now sit comfortably in fourth place in Serie A.

Atalanta 1-1 Lazio

Lazio failed to go second on the table after drawing to 17th-place Atalanta. After going down early in the second half, Marco Parolo equalized for Lazio with less than 15 minutes to play. Lazio now sit third on the table, just one point behind Roma in second for automatic qualification to the Champions League group stage. The draw gives Atalanta a nine-point buffer above the relegation zone, seemingly safe in Serie A.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Roma 2-0 Genoa
Verona 0-1 Udinese
Fiorentina 3-1 Cesena
Inter Milan 0-0 Chievo
Cagliari vs. Parma (Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET)
Torino vs. Empoli (Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. ET)