la liga matchday 38 roundup

La Liga Matchday 38: Real Madrid Clinch League Title

Real Madrid finally clinched the La Liga title on matchday 38 following a superb win away at Malaga.

Zinedine Zidane’s tactical acumen led Madrid to an unbeaten streak in the first half of the season.

When they experienced a dip in form, he was able to get them over the line, and despite Barcelona threatening to usurp the crown that was seemingly Madrid’s earlier in the season, Zidane’s side triumphed and were crowned the 20016/17 La Liga champions.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring against Malaga in the 2nd-minute as he drove away from Carlos Kameni before slotting the ball into the back of the net. Karim Benzema doubled Madrid’s lead with a tap-in in the 55th-minute which was also the last goal of the game.

As soon as the final whistle went, the Madrid fans at Estadio La Rosaleda were plunged into a wave of ecstasy after witnessing their side clinch a well-deserved league title.

Barcelona did what they could on Sunday, as they welcomed Eibar to the Nou Camp knowing that a win would not guarantee the league title.

Takashi Inui opened the scoring for Eibar in the 7th-minute before completing his brace in the 54th-minute.

Barca huffed and puffed but Eibar’s defence refused to fall, but Eibar’s David Junca scored an own goal in the 63rd-minute which spurred Barca on to find the back of the net.

Messi missed a penalty in the 70th-minute before Luis Suarez notched a goal three minutes later. Eibar’s Ander Capa received a second yellow card thus taking his side down to ten men, and Barca duly capitalised on it with Messi scoring a brace to seal a 4-2 win for Barcelona.

Sevilla, who fell by the wayside in February, finished the season in fourth place. They welcomed Osasuna to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and showed no pity on the already relegated side as they secured a 5-0 win.

Vitolo opened the scoring in the 10th-minute before Franco Vazquez doubled the lead ten minutes later.

Stefan Jovetic scored Sevilla’s last goal in the first 45, but the second half saw Vazquez and Jovetic add to their respective tallies.

Granada succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at home to Espanyol with Andreas Periera’s 22nd-minute strike proving to be a consolation goal.

Leo Baptistao and Ruben Vezo were on target for Espanyol with the latter scoring an own goal.

Athletic Bilbao lost their Europa League qualifying spot having succumbed to a 3-1 defeat away at Atletico Madrid in their last game at the Vincente Calderon.

Fernando Torres bagged a brace whilst Angel Correa completed the scoring for Atletico.

Bilbao’s lone goal came through Inaki Williams’ 71st-minute strike as their Europa League spot was usurped by Real Sociedad who clinched a point in their game against Celta Vigo.

Iago Aspas and Andrew Hjulsager found the back of the net for Celta, but their goals were cancelled out by strikes from Mikel Oyarzabal and Juanmi.

Deportivo La Coruna secured a 3-0 win over Las Palmas with Florin Andone (brace) and Carles Gil finding the back of the net.

Goals from David Copovi and Nenad Krsticic cancelled each other out as Leganes, and mid-table Alaves played out a 1-1 draw whilst Sporting Gijon held Real Betis to a 2-2 draw.

Ruben Castro scored a brace for Real Betis, whilst Sporting Gijon’s goals came through Douglas and Carlos Carmona.

5th-placed Villarreal secured a 3-1 win away at the Mestalla on Sunday.

Roberto Soldado opened the scoring against his former side in the 1st minute with his goal separating both sides in the first half.

Nani pulled one back for Valencia in the 54h-minute, but goals from Manu Trigueros and Nicola Sansone helped the Yellow Submarine to a victory.

La Liga Table ​

la liga matchday 38 table

Highlights of La Liga Matchday 38 Games

Malaga vs Real Madrid

 

Barcelona vs Eibar

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Balboa

 

Valencia vs Villarreal

 

Sevilla vs Osasuna

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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