La Liga results: Zaza scores in Valencia win; Alaves beaten by Gabriel’s goal for Leganes

Leganes 1-0 Alaves

Valencia 1-0 Las Palmas

    • Valencia 1-0 Las Palmas
  • Simone Zaza was the match-winner as Valencia started their La Liga campaign with a 1-0 home victory over 10-man Las Palmas.

    The former Juventus and West Ham forward struck after 22 minutes when Carlos Soler rolled the ball into his path on the edge of the penalty area.

    Zaza finished with a powerful side-foot which gave Leandro Chichizola no chance in the visitors’ goal.

    Alen Halilovic should have equalised two minutes later but he fired tamely at Valencia goalkeeper Neto and it got a lot more difficult for Las Palmas when Croatian midfielder Halilovic was sent off after 34 minutes, receiving a straight red card for catching Jose Gaya with a high foot.

    Valencia’s impressive football should have put the game beyond Las Palmas in the second half, but Chichizola made excellent saves to deny Joao Cancelo and Zaza before substitute Santi Mina’s header hit a post in the final seconds.

    • Leganes 1-0 Alaves

    Gabriel’s close-range strike settled the first game of the new La Liga season for Leganes as they beat Alaves1-0.

    The Brazilian struck in the 24th minute after Miguel Angel Guerrero’s free-kick took a deflection and Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco could only push the ball into his path.

    In doing so, Gabriel became the first Brazilian since Atletico Madrid midfielder Juninho in 1997 to score the opening goal of a La Liga season.

    Alaves had wasted a great chance to take a 17th-minute lead when home defender Diego Rico flattened Burgui in the penalty area.

    Manu Garcia sent a weak spot-kick straight at Ivan Cuellar, who was able to catch the ball for his third successive penalty save in LaLiga.

    Few chances were created in the second half with Leganes content to defend their 1-0 lead, although Burgui gave them a late scare when his powerful 25-yard drive clipped the top of the crossbar.

    La Liga results  – Ronaldo and Benzema scores as Real Madrid clinch first title in five years; Barca win but miss out

    ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    • Malaga 0 – 2 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid won their first La Liga title since 2012 thanks to a final-day victory at 2-0 Malaga at La Rosaleda.

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored early on to settle the nerves, latching onto Isco’s through ball to step around Carlos Kameni and tap into an empty net.

    Karim Benzema added their second goal after the break after Kameni parried Sergio Ramos’ shot.

    Real, who had only needed a point, now face Juventus in the Champions League final looking to complete a double.

    The result means Zinedine Zidane, in his first full season as Real boss, is the first manager to lead Madrid to the Spanish league title since Jose Mourinho five years ago.

    If Real beat Juventus in Cardiff, they will become the first team to successfully defend the Champions League – with Zidane having won the tournament six months into the job last summer.

    • Barcelona 4 – 2 Eibar

    Barcelona fought back to beat Eibar 4-2 on the final day of the season, but could do nothing to stop Real Madrid winning the La Liga title.

    Takashi Inui’s double put the minnows in charge at the Nou Camp, but a David Junca own goal got Barcelona back into it just after the hour mark, while Luis Suarez equalised after Lionel Messi missed a penalty.


    Ander Capa was then dismissed for Eibar as he brought down Neymar in the box with 15 minutes to go, and Messi redeemed himself from the spot before sealing the win with a fine solo effort in stoppage time.

    There was a rapturous reception at the Nou Camp for Luis Enrique before kick-off.

    • ​Atletico Madrid 3 – 1 Athletic Bilbao

    Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended life at the Vicente Calderon with victory over Athletic Bilbao.

    The boyhood Atleti fan, who is out of contract this summer, scored twice in the opening 11 minutes, netting from close range and hooking home a volley.

    The 33-year-old scored more La Liga goals at the Calderon than any other player in the 21st century – with 54.

    Inaki Williams pulled one back before Angel Correa’s 89th-minute strike.

    After the game, Atletico manager Diego Simeone stressed that he would remain at the club next season.

    The Argentine had two spells as an Atletico player and has enjoyed a successful five and a half years as manager during which he has won La Liga (2013-14) and reached the Champions League final twice (2013-14 and 2015-16).

    “The journalists ask me constantly if I am going to stay. Yes, I am going to stay,” Simeone told the crowd inside the stadium.

    “And do you know why I am going to stay? I am going to stay because this club has a future and this future is all of us.

    • Celta Vigo 2 – 2 Real  Sociedad

    Bilbao’s defeat, coupled with a dramatic 2-2 draw for Real Sociedad at Celta Vigo, meant Sociedad guaranteed Europa League football next season thanks to a 93rd-minute Juanmi equaliser.

    A penalty from Iago Aspas put Celta Vigo ahead but Mikel Oyarzabal levelled after 82 minutes before Andrew Hjulsager looked to have won it for Celta.

    But Juanmi was left unmarked to head home a corner and secure the all-important point.

    • Valencia 1 – 3 Villarreal

    Villarreal secured fifth place in the table as an excellent performance brought them a 3-1 win at Valencia.

    The visitors led in the first minute when former Spurs striker Roberto Soldado scored.

    Nani levelled after the break, but Manu Trigueros was quickly on the mark to restore Villarreal’s lead and Nicola Sansone added another to wrap the game up.

    La Liga results  – Sevila rout relegated Osasuna; Deportivo  beat Las Palmas

    ​Granada 1 – 2 Espanyol

    Sporting Gijon 2 – 2 Real Betis

    Deportivo La Coruna 3 – 0 Las Palmas

    Leganes 1 – 1 Alaves

    Sevilla 5 – 0 Osasuna

    • Sevilla 5 – 0 Osasuna

    Jorge Sampaoli led Sevilla to a 5-0 thrashing of already-relegated Osasuna in what could be his final game at the helm.

    The 57-year-old Argentinian revealed this week that his country are looking to make him their new international coach and if this was his final game at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, he bowed out in style.

    Vitolo and Franco Vazquez each scored a brace while ex-Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic was also on target for aSevillaside that were guaranteed a fourth-placed finish regardless of the result, and went beyond Sampaoli’s target of 70 points with the win.

    For Osasuna, who were relegated with four games still to go, they ended the season having conceded a staggering 94 times across the 38 games.

    • Sporting Gijon 2 – 2 Real Betis

    Ruben Castro finished the season with 13 goals after netting a brace in Real Betis’ 2-2 draw with Sporting Gijon.

    The home side led when Douglas scored in the seventh minute but Castro capitalised on goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar’s mis-kick to level before beating the stopper again with a well-placed finish in the second half.

    Betis were denied the three points, though, as Carlos Carmona held off Riza Durmisi at the back post to equalise with 11 minutes remaining.

    • Deportivo La Coruna 3 – 0 Las Palmas

    Florin Andone scored twice for Deportivo La Coruna in a 3-0 win over Las Palmas, who lost a fifth straight game.

    The Romanian followed up a close-range finish with a fine solo goal where he ran from halfway to make it 2-0, with Aston Villa loanee Carles Gil adding another with his first goal for the club.

    Las Palmas’ misery was completed when Hernan was dismissed for a pair of bookings.

    • Leganes 1 – 1 Alaves

    David Timor’s late wonder goal for Leganes stopped Alaves moving up to eighth as that contest finished 1-1.

    The visitors took a second-half lead through Nenad Krsticic but Timor let fly from 35 yards late on to earn Leganes a share of the spoils.

    • ​Granada 1 – 2 Espanyol

    On Friday, Granada slumped to a seventh straight defeat under manager Tony Adams, losing 2-1 at home to Espanyol in their final match of the season.

    Leo Baptistao’s early strike and Ruben Vezo’s own goal saw Granada fall 2-0 behind inside the first 10 minutes.

    On-loan Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira replied for the home side before the break, but Adams’ seven-game spell in charge ended pointless.

    Former Arsenal and England skipper Adams was appointed head coach until the end of the season on April 10 following the sacking of Lucas Alcaraz, but Granada, already relegated, finished bottom of the table.

    La Liga result – Ronaldo breaks 46-year all-time European top-scorer record with his brace as Real Madrid go within a point of La Liga title

    ​Celta Vigo 1 – 4 Real Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid took a huge step towards the La Liga title with a 4-1 victory at Celta Vigo.

    Ronaldo broke England’s Jimmy Greaves’ 46-year record for most goals in Europe’s top five leagues in the first half, then added another for good measure in the second period for Real, who now need just one point to be confirmed league champions.

    The Portugal international got Los Blancos off to a roaring start after just 10 minutes, when he latched onto the ball at the top of the box, took a touch and fired an unstoppable left-footed shot to eclipse the former Tottenham, AC Milan and Chelsea striker’s previous mark of 366.

    And he was at it again shortly after the break, firing a pinpoint left-footed finish off the inside of the post after receiving a through ball from Isco on the counter-attack on 48 minutes.

    Celta saw Iago Aspas sent off for a second yellow in the 62nd minute when he went down too easily in the box in search of a penalty.

    John Guidetti quickly pulled a goal back for the home side in the 69th, though Karim Benzema calmed any Real nerves a minute later, with a tap-in after fine work from Marcelo on the left wing.

    Ronaldo was guilty of a shocking miss minutes later, when he hooked his shot well wide of the post despite having an open goal to aim at from close range.

    But Toni Kroos bagged Real’s fourth and final goal, finishing off a sweeping move with an easy finish from close range in the 89th.

    The victory gives Zinedine Zidane’s side a three-point advantage over second-placed Barcelona with just one match to play.

    La Liga results  – Ronaldo nets a brace as Real edge closer to title; Neymar bags a hat trick for Barca to keep up pressure on Real 

    ​Alaves 3 – 1 Celta Vigo

    Athletic Bilbao 1 – 1 Leganes

    Eibar 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon

    Las Palmas 1 – 4 Barcelona

    Real Betis 1 – 1 Atletico  Madrid

    Real Madrid 4 – 1 Sevilla

    Real Sociedad 2 – 2 Malaga

    Villarreal 0 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna

    • Real Madrid 4 – 1 Sevilla

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, his 400th and 401  goals,for Real Madrid as they took another step towards the La Liga title with victory over Sevilla.

    Real led through Nacho’s controversial free-kick before Ronaldo pounced on a rebound to double their lead.

    Stevan Jovetic replied after the break, but Ronaldo’s sensational second strike, his 401st for Real Madrid, and Toni Kroos’ late goal sealed victory.

    Real Madrid stay in second place behind Barcelona who beat Las Palmas 4-1.

    Barcelona, who  beat Las Palmas 4-1on Sunday, keep hold of top spot courtesy of their head-to-head advantage.

    But Real have a game in hand and need four points from their final two matches to lift their first title since 2012.

    Despite having won just three of their last 11 matches, Sevilla still secured fourth place and a spot in the Champions League play-off next season as Villarreal were held at home to Deportivo La Coruna.

    • Las Palmas 1 – 4 Barcelona

    Neymar hit a hat trick as Barcelona kept their hold on top spot — for the time being at least — with a 4-1 victory at Las Palmas.

    Neymar broke the deadlock for Luis Enrique’s side after 25 minutes, slotting home from close range after being teed up by Luis Suarez.

    And the pair swapped roles just two minutes later, with Neymar this time picking out the run of Suarez, who produced a clever finish to beat Javi Varas.

    Pedro Bigas scored for Las Palmas in the 63rd minute, smashing home Kevin-Prince Boateng’s delivery, but Neymar restored Barca’s two-goal advantage just a few minutes later with a far-post header following Ivan Rakitic’s cross.

    And Neymar completed his hat trick soon after, tucking the ball home after being found by Jordi Alba, to put the game out of sight.

    • Real Betis 1 – 1 Atletico  Madrid

    Atletico Madrid drew 1-1 at Real Betis to secure third spot and qualification for the Champions League group stages next season.

    Dani Ceballos scored a 57th-minute opener for the hosts with a strike from the edge of the box following a Betis corner.

    However, Stefan Savic found an equaliser for Diego Simeone’s side in the 66th minute with a close-range strike to wrap up third place with one game of the season to spare. Sevilla are assured of fourth spot and will enter next season’s Champions League in the qualifying rounds.

    • Eibar 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon

    Sporting Gijon were relegated despite winning 1-0 at Eibar.

    Burgui’s 32nd-minute goal gave Sporting only their second away win of the season, but Deportivo La Coruna and Leganes both drew to doom them.

    • Athletic Bilbao 1 – 1 Leganes

    Leganes secured their safety with a 1-1 draw at Athletic Bilbao.

    Artiz Adruriz’s close-range strike — his 16th league goal of the season — gave Athletic the lead after 13 minutes.

    But Alexander Szymanowski equalised on the hour with a header that meant so much for Leganes.

    • Villarreal 0 – 0 Deportivo La Coruna

    Deportivo also guaranteed themselves another season in the top flight with a goalless draw at Villarreal, whose failure to win handed Sevilla a ticket to the Champions League.

    • Real Sociedad 2 – 2 Malaga

    Real Sociedad failed to take advantage of Villarreal and Athletic, rivals for Europa League qualification, dropping points as they were held 2-2 at home by Malaga.

    Xabi Prieto gave Sociedad a 31st-minute lead from the penalty spot but Malaga went ahead through Luis Hernandez (45) and Recio (75) before Jon Bautista equalised five minutes from time.

    • ​Alaves 3 – 1 Celta Vigo

    Celta Vigo, fresh from their Europa League semifinal exit to Manchester United, lost 3-1 to Copa del Rey finalists Alaves as they suffered a fifth straight league defeat.

    Alaves scored three times in the opening 37 minutes through Manu Garcia, Zouhair Feddal and Deyverson, with Iago Aspas claiming a late Celta consolation from the penalty spot.

    On Saturday 
    Espanyol 0 – 1 Valencia

    Osasuna 2 – 1 Granada

    • Espanyol 0 – 1 Valencia

    Jose Gaya’s second-half goal gave Valencia a 1-0 away win at Espanyol.

    A game of little goalmouth action and few chances was settled after 75 minutes when 21-year-old defender Gaya scored with a left-foot shot from the left side of the penalty area.

    Espanyol could not muster a response and slipped to a third straight home loss, following defeats to city rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, while Valencia secured back-to-back wins.

    • Osasuna 2 – 1 Granada

    Osasuna won the battle of the basement clubs with a 2-1 win over Granada.

    Jhon Steven Mondragon handed the home side the lead after 24 minutes, before Gustavo Ramos fired an unlikely equaliser for Tony Adams’ men four minutes before the break.

    Kenan Kodro then slotted home from close range 15 minutes from time to record a morale-boosting win and condemn Adams to yet another defeat in charge of El Grana.

    La Liga results

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid thumped Espanyol 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
    The win pulls Los Blancos within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and just a point behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were defeated by the Catalans on Saturday.
    James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and an Oscar Duarte own goal rounded out the scoring for Real.

    The pressure on Valencia boss Gary Neville increased on Sunday after they lost 1-0 at home to Sporting Gijon.
    Neville’s winless Primera Division run stretched to eight games despite the hosts being the dominant side for most of the game. They failed to take a string of chances and fell behind to Antonio Sanabria’s penalty on 50 minutes.
    They continued to throw everything at their opponents but Alvaro Negredo missed two clear chances to equalise and Los Che suffered a third league defeat under Neville — their first home loss in La Liga since 2014.
    Neville’s side stayed 12th in the standings, now 19 points from fourth place, while Sporting moved two points away from the relegation zone.

    Kevin Gameiro played a starring role as Sevilla climbed to fifth following a 3-1 win over bottom club Levante.
    Sevilla’s unbeaten run goes back to early January, and it showed in their attitude, as a quickfire attack saw them score after just 50 seconds, Gameiro converting from close range after a cross was deflected into his path.
    Gameiro turned provider a minute after the half-time, unselfishly cutting back to Vicente Iborra for a simple tap-in, this after Sevilla had put together another quick passing move involving Jose Antonio Reyes.
    Levante were given hope in the 55th minute when Giuseppe Rossi’s close-range shot was too good for Rico to stop and the forward continued to threaten the Sevilla goal on occasion.
    However, with 15 minutes remaining, Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka swung in a superb right-foot shot from just inside the box which flew into the top corner, putting the game to bed.

    Las Palmas moved out of the Primera Division drop zone after a last-minute winner from Willian Jose gave them a precious 2-1 victory over 10-man Celta Vigo.
    The midfielder scored with virtually the last kick of the game to give Quique Setien’s side a first league win of 2016.
    A controversial penalty scored by Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera had cancelled out Theo Bongonda’s early opener, while Fabian Orellana was sent off in the second half for the Galicians.

    Sevilla 3 – 1 Levante
    Valencia 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon
    Las Palmas 2 – 1 Celta Vigo
    Real Madrid 6 – 0 Espanyol

    La Liga results

    Goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez fired Barcelona to a priceless 2-1 win over nine-man Atletico Madrid to strike a huge blow in the Primera Division title race.
    Atletico got off to a fine start at the Camp Nou as Koke gave them the lead after just 10 minutes but Messi and Suarez each struck in the space of eight minutes to turn the game around before the break.

    Atletico defenders Filipe Luis and Diego Godin were sent off.
    Filipe Luis landed a studs-up challenge just above Messi’s knee and was deservedly sent off, while Godin was dismissed with a second yellow card for tackling Suarez late on 65 minutes.

    A frustrating afternoon for Diego Simeone’s side was later compounded as Augusto Fernandez was stretchered off with a suspected knee injury.

    Bruno Soriano’s second-half penalty saw Villarreal beat Granada 1-0 and return to winning ways.
    The captain converted from the spot in the 55th minute after Jean-Sylvain Babin had fouled Roberto Soldado to give Marcelino’s side a first win in three matches.
    The victory takes Villarreal level with third-placed Real Madrid on 44 points ahead of Los Blancos’ game against Espanyol on Sunday.

    A solitary goal by Inaki Williams fired Athletic Bilbao to a 1-0 victory at Getafe to take the Basques up to fifth.
    The 21-year-old headed in the only goal of the game in the 24th minute and Athletic clung on until the end, Getafe passing up several chances to level in the second half.
    The hosts also had defender Juan Cala sent off in stoppage time for a second booking and lost their first league game at home in exactly three months.

    Malaga moved into the top half of the table after picking up a hard-fought 2-1 victory at in-form Eibar.
    Juanpi broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time to give the visitors the edge in an end-to-end encounter and Roque Santa Cruz sealed the points by striking at the end of the second half.
    Borja Baston grabbed a consolation goal for the hosts in the last minute of stoppage time but it was not enough to prevent a first home defeat in two months for the Basques, who missed a chance to go fifth in the table.

    Real Sociedad recorded only their second win in nine games to climb above Real Betis.
    Firm first-half headers from Xabi Prieto and Inigo Martinez put Sociedad in control and they ran out 2-1 winners, with Betis’ solitary response coming from their top scorer Ruben Castro.
    The victory saw Sociedad leapfrog Betis into 13th place and went some way to erasing memories of their 5-1 thrashing at Sporting Gijon eight days earlier.

    Barcelona 2 – 1 Atletico Madrid
    Eibar 1 – 2 Malaga
    Getafe 0 – 1 Athletic Bilbao
    Villarreal 1 – 0 Granada
    Real Sociedad 2 – 1 Real Betis