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Late goal gives Sevilla final Champions League spot in Spain | Football News

Sevilla wanted a late equalizer in a 1-1 draw at Atletico Madrid to clinch the final Champions League spot in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Barcelona secured second place, and a spot in the profitable Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia, after a 0-0 draw at Getafe, which escaped relegation.

A header by Youssef En-Nesyri in the eighty fifth minute secured the purpose that gave Sevilla a spot in Europe’s prime membership competitors for a 3rd straight season. Third-place Atlético, which had already certified, opened the scoring with José María Giménez in the primary half.

A loss would have left Sevilla in a tense state of affairs going into the final spherical subsequent weekend as rival Real Betis beat Granada 2-0 to shut in. The draw stored Sevilla three factors forward with a greater head-to-head tiebreaker towards fifth-place Betis.

“Mission accomplished,” Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui mentioned. “What a great season! The team deserved this prize.”

Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis had already secured a Europa League place by successful the Copa del Rey, and will probably be joined in the second-tier competitors by sixth-place Real Sociedad, which defeated Villarreal 2-1 on Sunday.

Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao, which beat Osasuna 2-0, will battle subsequent weekend for a spot in the third-tier Europa Conference League. Villareal visits Barcelona, whereas Bilbao is at Sevilla.

Real Madrid, which had already clinched the title and is targeted on the Champions League final towards Liverpool on May 28, drew 1-1 at Cádiz.

Alavés grew to become the second staff relegated after a 3-1 loss at Levante, which had been demoted in the earlier spherical.

Granada, Mallorca and Cádiz will battle to keep away from relegation in the final spherical.

EUROPA LEAGUE

Unai Emery’s Villarreal had an opportunity to remain alive in the battle for a Europa League spot but it surely allowed visiting Sociedad to rally to victory in the second half to safe the final spot in the second-tier competitors.

Villarreal, which made it to the Champions League semifinals this season, is now in hazard of lacking out on the final Europa Conference League berth as effectively after Bilbao moved inside a degree of seventh place. Bilbao holds the head-to-head tiebreaker towards Villarreal.

RELEGATION FIGHT

Mallorca moved out of the relegation zone due to a stoppage-time goal by Abdón Prats in a 2-1 residence win over Rayo Vallecano.

“It was incredible,” Prats mentioned. “Hopefully this goal can keep the team in the first division.”

The victory left Mallorca simply exterior the relegation zone, tied on factors with Cádiz however forward on the head-to-head tiebreaker. A win at midtable Osasuna subsequent weekend will assure the membership owned by American businessman Robert Sarver stays in the highest flight. Cádiz will play at last-place Alavés.

Granada, sitting one level forward of Mallorca, will host Espanyol in the final spherical.

SUÁREZ’S FAREWELL

Striker Luis Suárez grew to become emotional as he obtained an enormous ovation from Atlético Madrid followers after being substituted in the second half of what was seemingly his final match with the membership.

“Thanks for making us champions,” mentioned a banner on the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

Suárez was key in the staff’s title run final season after becoming a member of from Barcelona, however regularly lost his beginning place and solely performed a couple of minutes off the bench lately.

Atlético is 5 factors behind Barcelona, which received the end result it wanted towards Getafe to safe the Spanish Super Cup berth in advance.

MADRID DRAWS

Focused on Liverpool, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti once more rested a few of his starters — together with striker Karim Benzema, ahead Vinícius Júnior, midfielder Luka Modric and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — in the draw at relegation-threatened Cádiz.

Cádiz missed an opportunity to go away with the victory when ahead Álvaro Negredo had his 61st-minute penalty kick saved by Madrid’s Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin. The residence win would have put Cádiz two factors exterior the relegation zone.

Cádiz received one in every of its final 5 matches after a shock 1-0 win towards Barcelona on the Camp Nou Stadium.

Madrid enters the final spherical with 85 factors, 12 greater than Barcelona.

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