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La Liga: Sevilla wins El Gran Derbi over Betis; Barcelona held to a draw

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Here’s a roundup of all of Saturday’s action in Spain’s top flight…

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Sevilla 3-2 Real Betis

The Ramos Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium was rocking on Saturday as Sevilla took bragging rights at home against city rivals Real Betis.

Munir El Haddadi put Sevilla in the lead in the first half and a pair of goals in a four-minute span from Pablo Sarabia and Franco Vasquez put Sevilla up 3-1 at the time. A late goal from Christian Tello by Betis made for some nervy moments at the end, but Sevilla pulled out the big rivalry win.

Huesca 0-0 Barcelona

First-place Barcelona couldn’t manage a goal in a trip to last-place Huesca. Barcelona fielded almost an entirely second-string side, with Spanish youngsters Carles Alena and Riqui Puig getting starts in central midfield, but it showed that even in La Liga, the worst-place team can still secure a point against Barcelona. The likes of Malcolm, Ousmane Dembele and Arturo Vidal couldn’t find their way through Huesca’s backline.

La Liga relegation places decided

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After an exciting final round in La Liga, the relegation places have been decided: Real Betis, Real Valladolid and Osasuna will be playing in the Segunda Liga next season.

With just 25 points on the season, Real Betis’s fate was sealed long ago. Their unfortunate tangle with Europa League, and their loss of their best player to Bilbao, shaped their season – to devastating effect.

Valladolid fell to Granada in the weekend’s most nerve-wracking match, as Granada could’ve very well slipped down had they failed to win. But Valladolid dug their own grave, with Stefan Mitrović putting the ball in the back of his own net just before the break.

Osasuna had a bit of trouble at their match, with a retaining barrier collapsing twelve minutes in, after the first goal was scored. An estimated 40 fans were injured, although none are in serious condition. After a 35-minute delay, the game was restarted, with the decision made to delay the start of the second half in the three other matches. Osasuna scored a second almost immediately after, but ultimately it didn’t matter. They needed Granada, Getafe or Almeria to lose, and that didn’t happen.

It’s unknown yet who will move up to the top division. Deportivo la Coruna, who were relegated last season and very nearly slipped down to the third division thanks to a dispute over players’ wages, are currently top in Spain’s second division. But with three games left to go after this weekend, it’s really too soon to say who we’ll be welcoming to La Liga.

Here’s how everything else in La Liga shook out…

Champions

Atlético Madrid! They drew with Barcelona to clinch the La Liga title on Saturday.

Champions League

Barcelona and Real Madrid will skip qualifying and go straight into the group stages. Atheltic Bilbao will take the fourth spot, joining the tournament for the last playoff round.

Europa League

Sevilla, Villarreal and Real Sociedad round out Spain’s European teams. That’s particularly impressive for Villarreal, who spent last season in the second division.