Getafe back to La Liga 

Getafe  3 – 1 Tenerife (aggregate 3 – 2) 

Getafe earned an immediate return to the Spanish top flight after beating Tenerife in the second division promotion play-off final.

The Madrid-based club, whose 11-year stint in La Liga came to an end when they were relegated last year, lost the first leg of their final 1-0 in the Canary Islands, but they turned things round on Saturday with a 3-1 home victory.

Alejandro Faurlin’s 10th-minute goal wiped out Tenerife’s first-leg advantage and Daniel Pacheco’s strike three minutes later put Getafe in charge at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Anthony Lozano got Tenerife back into it with a close-range goal in the 18th minute but Pacheco’s second of the night just before half-time proved decisive for Getafe, whose 3-2 aggregate win sees them join Levante and Girona in going up.

Barcelona make Marlon Santos’ loan deal permanent

Barcelona have made their first signing of the summer with the confirmation that they will execute their option to make Fluminense defender Marlon Santos’s loan deal permanent.

Marlon, 21, signed a three-year deal with the Catalan club and will form part of the first team’s preseason tour of the United States under new coach Ernesto Valverde.

No fee has been revealed by either club, but as ESPN FC reported earlier in the season it’s estimated to be somewhere in the region of €6 million.

However, Barca will only have to pay €2m due to the fact they paid Flu €4m to have the first option on Gerson (€3.2m), Kenedy (€400,000) and Marlon (€400,000). Gerson and Kenedy have since gone on to sign for Roma and Chelsea respectively.
Marlon was a cornerstone of Barca B’s impressive season last campaign, with Gerard Lopez’s young side winning their league.
He had previously made his debut as a second-half substitute in the Champions League win over Celtic in Glasgow and Valverde will now use the summer to decide whether to keep him with the first team squad next season.

Fernando Torres’ overhead kick wins La Liga goal of the season

​Fernando Torres’ superb overhead kick against Celta Vigo has been voted La Liga goal of the season by Sky Sports users.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool man picked up 25 per cent of the votes, beating Lionel Messi’s Clasico winner from April (23 per cent) and Kevin-Prince Boateng’s finish to a superb team move for Las Palmas against Villarreal (16 per cent).

A shortlist of 13 brilliant goals from the past campaign were compiled, and we asked for your help in picking the best, with nearly 9,000 votes in total.

Messi featured twice, the first his stunning late strike against Real Madrid in El Clasico and the second his solo run and finish at home to Eibar on the final day of the season.

His Barcelona team-mate Neymar was also recognised for his goal against Celta Vigo in March, while Real star Isco scored a beauty at Sporting the following month.

And, of course, Las Palmas’ fantastic team goal against Villarreal made the cut.

  • Raul Garcia – Deportivo v Athletic Bilbao 

4 %

  • Nicola Sansone – Villarreal v Real Sociedad

1 %

  • Kevin-Prince Boateng – Villarreal v Las Palmas

16 %

  • Jonathan Viera – Las Palmas v Athletic Bilbao

1 %

  • Dani Garcia – Valencia v Eibar

2 %

  • Andreas Pereira – Granada v Las Palmas

2 %

  • Fernando Torres – Atletico Madrid v Celta Vigo

25 %

  • Antoine Griezmann – Deportivo v Atletico Madrid

4 %

  • Neymar – Barcelona v Celta Vigo

3 %

  • Isco – Sporting v Real Madrid

6 %

  • Lionel Messi – Real Madrid v Barcelona

23 %

  • Gabriel – Leganes v Real Betis

1 %

  • Lionel Messi – Barcelona v Eibar

13 %

Ernesto  Valverde leaves Athletic Bilbao with Barcelona appointment imminent 

Ernesto Valverde has left Athletic Bilbao and could replace Luis Enrique as Barcelona coach.

According to multiple reports, Valverde has already agreed a deal to replace outgoing boss Luis Enrique in the managerial hot seat at the Nou Camp for next season, with the Catalan giants set to reveal their new coach next Monday.

Valverde’s contract with Athletic Club was already set to expire.
A brief club statement read: “Ernesto Valverde will not continue as coach of the first team of Athletic Club in the 2017/18 campaign.

“The coach, accompanied by president Josu Urrutia, will hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 24 at 1200 (local time) at San Mames.”
Valverde, who helped Barca win the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and Copa del Rey during his two-year spell at the club, had impressed since taking charge of Athletic for a second time in 2013.

He led the club to four successive top-seven finishes, a Copa del Rey final and the quarterfinals of the Europa League.

The former Espanyol, Olympiakos, Villarreal and Valencia boss also helped Athletic lift their first silverware in three decades when he masterminded a 5-1 aggregate defeat of Barca to win the 2015 Spanish Super Cup.
Ernesto Valverde’s exit from Athletic Bilbao has been confirmed a week before Barcelona will announce their new head coach.
The confirmation will arrive two days after the team’s Copa del Rey final meeting with Alaves on Saturday.

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.