La Liga & Serie A roundup: Who’s joining champs Barca, Juve in Champions League?

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A roundup of the weekend’s action in Spain and Italy’s top flights…

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Granada 0-3 Barcelona

The math was simple for Barcelona: win, and they’re champions. Playing away to Granada on the final day of the La Liga season, Luis Enrique’s side did just that, with many thanks to another Luis — Suarez — who bagged yet another hat trick (below videos) — his third in five games — giving the Uruguayan 40 goals in 35 league games this season (to go with 16 assists).

After a three-game slip-up in April, Barca finished the season with five straight wins by a combined score of 24-0. Thanks for making it interesting, Barca.

Deportivo La Coruña 0-2 Real Madrid

Because Barca won, Real Madrid’s 2-0 victory away to Deportivo La Coruña was consequential only in clinching a second-place finish ahead of their capital rivals, Atletico Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the game’s only goals (below videos), giving him 35 on the season (to go with four assists), meaning Suarez is the winner of this season’s Golden Boot. There’s still a matter of an UEFA Champions League final between the Madrid sides, though. Since both sides failed in their bid to win the league title, that’s how this season’s final bragging rights will be won or lost.

Champions League group stage qualifiers | Qualification playoff

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Barcelona 38 29 4 5 112 29 83 16-1-2 13-3-3 91
Real Madrid 38 28 6 4 110 34 76 16-1-2 12-5-2 90
Atletico Madrid 38 28 4 6 63 18 45 15-3-1 13-1-5 88
Villarreal 38 18 10 10 44 35 9 12-4-3 6-6-7 64
Athletic 38 18 8 12 58 45 13 11-4-4 7-4-8 62
Celta Vigo 38 17 9 12 51 59 -8 9-6-4 8-3-8 60
Sevilla 38 14 10 14 51 50 1 14-1-4 0-9-10 52

Elsewhere in La Liga

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo
Sporting Gijon 2-0 Villarreal
Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Sevilla
Malaga 4-1 Las Palmas
Valencia 0-1 Real Sociedad
Espanyol 4-2 Eibar
Rayo Vallecano 3-1 Levante
Real Betis 2-1 Getafe


Juventus 5-0 Sampdoria

Crowned champions weeks ago, Juventus truly had nothing to play for in Saturday’s finale, but that didn’t stop Massimiliano Allegri’s side from putting five past Sampdoria anyway. Paulo Dybala fell 17 goals short of Gonzalo Higuain in the race for the Golden Boot, but the 22-year-old scored twice on Saturday to finish second (19 goals) behind his prolific countryman.

Patrice Evra, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci provided the other goals, as Juve clinched a nine-point triumph to win their fifth straight Serie A title.

Napoli 4-0 Frosinone

There was plenty to play for on the final day, as Napoli and Roma entered the day separated by just two points in second and third, respectively. A minute before halftime, everything was up for grabs with Napoli sitting 0-0 at home against 19th-place and already-relegated Frosinone.

Marek Hamsik put the home side ahead in the 44th minute and was quickly followed by a second-half hat trick from Higuain (52nd, 62nd and 71st minutes) to put the game safely away and clinch automatic qualification into next season’s Champions League group stage.

AC Milan 1-3 Roma

Mohamed Salah, Stephan El Shaarawy and Emerson bagged the goals as Roma did all they could do, hammering AC Milan at the San Siro Stadium. Carlos Bacca scored Milan’s only goal, giving him 18 on the season, good for a third-place finish behind Higuain and Dybala. Milan finished the season in seventh and will miss out on European qualification for a third straight season.

Champions League group stage qualifiers | Qualification playoff

Team GP W D L GF GA GD Home Away PTS
Juventus 38 29 4 5 75 20 55 16-2-1 13-2-4 91
Napoli 38 25 7 6 80 32 48 16-3-0 9-4-6 82
Roma 38 23 11 4 83 41 42 13-5-1 10-6-3 80
Inter Milan 38 20 7 11 50 38 12 13-2-4 7-5-7 67
Fiorentina 38 18 10 10 60 42 18 11-5-3 7-5-7 64
Sassuolo 38 16 13 9 49 40 9 8-8-3 8-5-6 61
AC Milan 38 15 12 11 49 43 6 9-6-4 6-6-7 57
Lazio 38 15 9 14 52 52 0 10-3-6 5-6-8 54

Elsewhere in Serie A

Sassuolo 3-1 Inter Milan
Lazio 2-4 Fiorentina (ongoing)
Empoli 2-1 Torino
Chievo 0-0 Bologna
Genoa 1-2 Atalanta
Palermo 3-2 Hellas Verona (ongoing)
Udinese 1-2 Carpi (ongoing)