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Adam Booker·4 June 2023

🇪🇸 Real Valladolid relegated; Celta Vigo beat Barça to survive

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There was a full slate of LaLiga games today, as the campaign came to an end with a European places and survival still up for grabs. Here is what went down around the grounds!

Celta Vigo vs Barcelona

Scorers: Veiga 42′, 67′ ; Fati 81′

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Celta carved out a flurry of chances to snatch the lead and move into safety, but the nerves appeared to be getting to the hosts.

After knocking on the door, Celta finally found the goal they pined for, as Gabri Veiga slid home from the right wing to beat Marc-André ter Stegen, sending the hosts into LaLiga safety for the time being.

It was more of the same after the break, as Celta looked to hit Barça on the break to double their lead and secure safety.

They were rewarded for their efforts past the hour mark, as Veiga once again stepped up and lofted his cross to the back post just out of the reach of Ter Stegen, doubling the lead with just over 20 minutes to go.

The home crowd was made to sweat once again thanks to Ansu Fati, who headed in from close range to cut the deficit in half with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Espanyol vs Almería

Scorers: Puado 13′, Pierre-Gabriel 49′, Koleosho 73′ ; Touré 11′, Embarba 58′

Amidst protests from the Espanyol fans, Almería found the opener they needed to breakaway in the survival race through El Bilal Touré, who headed home from close range to snatch the lead for the away side.

The visitors’ celebrations did not last long however, as Javi Puado leveled the scoreline for the hosts just minutes later to throw Almería back into the thick of the relegation scrap.

It went from bad to worse for Almería after the break, as Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel stabbed home at the back post for Espanyol to pull the visitors back down into the bottom three.

A moment of supreme quality pulled Almería back out of the muck, as Adri Embarba darted in behind before chipping the keeper to level the scoreline.

The drama would not end there however, as Luca Koleosho came off the bench to fire Espanyol back into the lead, and Almería back into the danger zone.

Adri Embarba was the hero for Almería once again, as he fired the visitors level from the spot to ensure Almería’s LaLiga future.

Elche vs Cádiz

Real Valladolid vs Getafe

Real Betis vs Valencia

Scorers: Pérez 1′ ; López 71′

An early goal on the break from Ayoze Pérez sunk Valencia into the heat of the relegation battle.

While Valencia had the ball in the net two times in the opening 45 minutes, both goals were ruled out for offside, leaving the traveling Valencia fans to sweat.

As results elsewhere started to go their way, Valencia jumped on the momentum and snatched a leveller in the final 20 minutes thanks to Diego López, who tapped home from close range.

A harsh Yunus Musah challenge found the shins of a Betis player, forcing the referee to send the American international off, seeing Valencia play out the final minutes with ten men.

Osasuna vs Girona

Scorers: Budimir 52′, 55′ ; Reinier 75′

Destiny was in Osasuna’s hands, as a win guaranteed them European football next season.

The two teams traded chances from the off, but neither side appeared to have their shooting boots with them on the day.

The best chance of the half fell to Ante Budimir, but the Osasuna striker sent his point-blank header straight into the arms of the keeper before the break.

Despite results elsewhere not going their way, Osasuna did their part after the break, as Ante Budimir redeemed himself by getting on the end of a cross to tap home and send Osasuna on their way to Europe as it stood.

El Sadar was set alight once again just two minutes later, as Budimir fired the hosts two ahead to all but secure 7th for the Pamplona side.

A Reinier Jesus strike in the final 15 minutes made the home crowd sweat, but it was too-little, too-late from the visitors, as Osasuna held on to secure a spot in Europe for the first time in over 15 years.

Real Madrid vs Athletic Club

Scorers: Benzema 72′ ; Sancet 49′

Athletic Club looked to have the chance to snatch an unlikely lead in Madrid, as Mikel Vesga saw his effort from the penalty spot saved by Thibaut Courtois.

There was a shock at the start of the second half however, as Oihan Sancet stabbed home a rebounded shot to snatch the lead for Athletic Club to fire the Basque side into the lead in the race for the final European spot.

Just minutes after Sancet’s strike, Osasuna scored two quick-fire goals to extinguish Athletic Club’s momentum.

The hosts finally found their equaliser after knocking on the door, and to nobody’s surprise it was Karim Benzema who dispatched from the penalty spot to score on his final night as a Real Madrid player.

The Frenchman’s leveler was enough for Real to secure second place as results elsewhere went Los Blancos’ way.

Villarreal vs Atlético de Madrid

Scorers: Jackson 9′ ; Correa 18′, 56′

The Yellow Submarine struck first to put a dent in Atleti’s push for a second place finish, as Nicolas Jackson arrowed his effort home from the edge of the box.

The visitors silenced the crowd ten minutes later thanks to some poor Villarreal marking, as Ángel Correa was left alone on a set-piece before tapping home to level the score.

The capital club snatched the lead after the break, as Antoine Griezmann picked out Correa once again, who rounded the keeper and slid home.

An Axel Witsel red-card for a last-man challenge on Giovani Lo Celso made things more difficult for Atleti, leaving the visitors to see out the final 20 minutes with 10 men.

Los Colchoners were made to suffer for Witsel’s sending off, as Jorge Pascual came off the bench to score on the break for Villarreal, pushing Atleti back down into third place.

Mallorca vs Rayo Vallecano

Real Sociedad vs Sevilla

Drama galore on the final day of LaLiga!