La Liga roundup: Barca, Real Madrid take title race down to final day

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A roundup of the weekend’s action in Spain’s top flight…

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Barcelona 5-0 Espanyol

One. More. Week. The math is simple: if Barcelona win away to 16th-place Granada on the final day of the season, they’ll be back-to-back La Liga champions; if they draw or lose to Granada, then Real Madrid must also draw or lose for Barca to be crowned champions.

That’s where things stand following Sunday’s simultaneous round of Week 37 games in Spain, wherein Luis Enrique’s Blaugrana hammered their Catalonian neighbors Espanyol, 5-0 in the final game at the Nou Camp this season. Lionel Messi bagged the opener with just eight minutes on the clock, followed by a quick brace from Luis Suarez in the 52nd and 61st minutes, capped off by Rafinha and Neymar inside the final 20 minutes. After a three-game losing streak saw their nine-point lead shrink to zero, Barca have won four straight in league play, by a combined score of 21-0.

Real Madrid 3-2 Valencia

Zinedine Zidane’s league record as first-team manager of Real Madrid now stands at 16W-2D-1L following a narrow triumph over 11th-place Valencia on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo scored either side of one goal from Karim Benzema, and the game was never closer than one goal once Madrid were on the board.

Levante 2-1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid have an UEFA Champions League final to contest against their capital neighbors, but they won’t be celebrating a double even if they triumph in Milan in two weeks’ time. Diego Simeone’s side (without the suspended madman manager) are out of the title race after losing away to bottom-of-the-league and already-relegated Levante.

Fernando Torres opened the scoring in the second minute, but that was it from Los Rojiblancos, as they watched Casadesus’ equalizer on the half-hour mark and Giuseppe Rossi’s 90th-minute winner bring their title hopes crashing to the ground. The best Atleti can hope for now is to finish level on points with Barca, but nearly 40 goals behind on goal differential, and ahead of Real with a final-day defeat.

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 37 28 4 5 109 29 80 16-1-2 12-3-3 88
Real Madrid 37 27 6 4 108 34 74 16-1-2 11-5-2 87
Atlético Madrid 37 27 4 6 61 18 43 14-3-1 13-1-5 85
Villarreal 37 18 10 9 44 33 11 12-4-3 6-6-6 64
Celta Vigo 37 17 9 11 51 57 -6 9-6-4 8-3-7 60
Athletic 37 17 8 12 55 44 11 10-4-4 7-4-8 59
Sevilla 37 14 10 13 50 47 3 14-1-4 0-9-9 52

Elsewhere in La Liga

Villarreal 0-2 Deportivo La Coruña
Celta Vigo 1-0 Malaga
Las Palmas 0-0 Athletic Bilbao
Sevilla 1-4 Granada
Real Sociedad 2-1 Rayo Vallecano
Getafe 1-1 Sporting Gijon
Eibar 1-1 Real Betis