La Liga & Serie A roundup: Ronaldo hat trick as Real Madrid score 7; Juventus top Napoli

0 Comments

A roundup of Saturday’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights:

Barcelona 2-2 Deportivo La Coruna

Lionel Messi scored twice more on the final day of the season (56 in all competitions) and pushed Barcelona out to a 2-0 lead with 30 minutes still to be played. Deportivo La Coruna hit back twice, through Lucas Perez and Diogo Salomao, to equalize 15 minutes later.

The point was Deportivo’s 35th of the season, which was just enough to keep them from being relegated. Based on the head-to-head tiebreaker in La Liga, Eibar finish the season in 18th despite point totals equal to that of Deportivo and Granada.

Real Madrid 7-3 Getafe

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a final-day, 21-minute hat trick, as Real Madrid hammered Getafe to finish the season just two points (92) behind Barcelona. Javier Hernandez, James Rodriguez, Jese and Marcelo were the other Real goalscorers.

Ronaldo finishes the season with 61 goals (all competitions), a new personal record for the Portuguese superstar, who found the back of the net 60 times during the 2011-12 season.

Granada 0-0 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid (78) needed just a point to guarantee themselves a third-place and automatic qualification to next year’s UEFA Champions League group stages. Had they lost, it would have been down to the goal-differential tiebreaker, which could have taken them as low as fourth.

In playing for their 0-0 draw, Atleti managed just three shots the entire game (one on target), while holding Granada to two and zero. The point also saved Granada from relegation.

Almeria 2-3 Valencia

A win was all that Valencia needed to guarantee a fourth-place finish and a place in the Champions League qualification playoff round. Nicolas Otamendi, Sofiane Feghouli and Paco Alcacer provided the goals — every one of which were dearly needed — and Valencia (77) got their fourth-place finish.

Almeria (32) were officially relegated after the defeat, joining Cordoba and Eibar.

[ MORE: Two teams relegated in the Bundesliga, another in a pro-rel playoff ]

Malaga 2-3 Sevilla

While Sevilla (76) may have ultimately finished fifth in La Liga, they might just be the fifth Spanish team to qualify for next year’s Champions League, via their Europa League final clash against Dnipro (Wednesday, May 25). A win would not only make back-to-back Europa League triumphs for Sevilla, but Champions League money in their account next season as well.

Reyes, Ever Banega and Aleix Vidal provided the goals on Saturday, as Sevilla knocked off Malaga and finished fifth, comfortably (Villarreal, 60 points).

Elsewhere in La Liga

Levante 0-0 Elche
Rayo Vallecano 2-4 Real Sociedad
Eibar 3-0 Cordoba
Celta Vigo 3-2 Espanyol
Athletic Bilbao 4-0 Villarreal



Juventus 3-1 Napoli

Roberto Pereyra, Stefano Sturaro and Simone Pepe scored for Juventus, as the Serie A champions and Champions League finalists brushed aside Napoli on the penultimate weekend of Italy’s domestic season.

The game, however, gained notoriety around the world of soccer for an ugly incident during second-half stoppage time, in which Miguel Britos viciously headbutted Alvaro Morata.

Elsewhere in Serie A

Genoa 3-2 Inter Milan

Sunday’s Serie A schedule

Empoli vs. Sampdoria (6:30 am ET)
Udinese vs. Sassuolo (9 am ET)
Chievo vs. Atalanta (9 am ET)
Cesena vs. Cagliari (9 am ET)
Palermo vs. Fiorentina (9 am ET)
Parma vs. Verona (9 am ET)
AC Milan vs. Torino (2:45 pm ET)