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Barca won La Liga runner-up

SpainThe 0-0 draw at Getafe helped Xavi’s teachers and students definitely finish second in La Liga this season, after the champion Real Madrid.

Both teams need just one point to complete their goal in La Liga this season, with Barca being the runner-up, and Getafe the relegation spot. Both, therefore, play firmly, limiting risks. Barca held the ball up to 72%, but only hit the target once and did not create any dangerous opportunities. The absence of Frenkie de Jong and Pedri in the midfield affects the visitors’ creativity.

The most delicious situations belong to Getafe. In the 6th minute, striker Enes Unal cut his head near the wall and hit the Barca player to go all the way across the border. At the end of the first half, Carles Alena and Unal had two dangerous shots, but the ball went right into the position of goalkeeper Ter Stegen.

Coach Xavi directs Barca players in the Getafe match.  Photo: Reuters

Coach Xavi directs Barca players in the Getafe match. Image: Reuters

In the match at the same time, Real also drew 1-1 at Cadiz . field. In this match, coach Carlo Ancelotti continued to give opportunities to many substitutes, including goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, defender Jesus Vallejo or striker Mariano Diaz. However, Real still dominated and took the lead in the 6th minute. Rodrygo broke through the middle of the three Cadiz players and then crossed to Diaz to finish in an empty net. It was Diaz’s first goal in nine La Liga appearances this season.

Towards the end of the first half, Cadiz equalized thanks to Ruben Sobrino’s high corner kick. The away team even had a chance to win all three points when they were awarded a penalty after 61 minutes. On the penalty spot, Alvaro Negredo sank to the right corner and was saved by Lunin. At 23 years and 93 days, Lunin is the youngest goalkeeper to save a penalty for Real in La Liga, since the 2008-2009 season.

The highlight match between Atletico and Sevilla at Wanda Metropolitano also ended with a score of 1-1. Jose Gimenez opened the scoring for Atletico in the first half, and Youssef En-Nesyri brought in a point for Sevilla late in the game.

These results help The race for next season’s Champions League is over. Barca definitely finished second in the table with 73 points, 12 points behind the champion Real. The remaining two places belong to Atletico (68 points) and Sevilla (67). Real Betis currently holds the advantage in the race to attend the Europa League next season when ranked fifth with 64 points, two points ahead of Sociedad. In the closing leg on May 22, Betis marched to Real’s Bernabeu stadium, and Sociedad received Atletico.

At the bottom of the table, Alaves and Levante are definitely relegated. The relegation ticket is currently a race between Cadiz, Mallorca (with 36 points) and Granada (37). In the final turn, Cadiz met Alaves, Mallorca was Osasuna’s guest and Granada received Espanyol.

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