La Liga Round 36 Results: Levante defeated as their Champions League aspirations fade

As the season draws to close Zaragoza look to escape relegation, whilst Mallorca profit in the race for a European place as the teams around them slip-up
Getafe 1-1 Racing Santander
Getafe dropped another two points in their pursuit of finishing in the European places as they were held to a 1-1 draw by already-relegated Racing Santander at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez.

Luis Garcia had previously stated that his side had to win each of their remaining matches if they were to salvage their European aspiration, but the Madrid-based side failed to overcome a Racing side playing for pride.

Getafe should have been behind at the break but Papa Diop failed to convert a first-half penalty; Miku, however, made no mistake from the spot when he put Getafe ahead after the break. Diop did manage to redeem himself however when he pulled Racing level five minutes later.
Granada 2-1 Espanyol
Granada's hopes of securing a second season in the top flight were given a significant boost after their win over Espanyol at the Nuevo Los Carmenes.

Odion Ighalo was the hosts' hero as his brace saw Granada damage Espanyol's European aspirations further. The Nigerian showed superb awareness to open the scoring after 29 minutes before heading home his second just six minutes later.

The Catalans looked to force themselves back into the tie and were given a lifeline when Didac reduced the deficit early in the second half with a incredible effort from 30 yards. Despite their endeavours,  with Coutinho, Alvaro Vazquez and Rui Fonte all missing chances, Espanyol were unable to find an equaliser as Mauricio Pochettino's side slipped to their third consecutive defeat. 
Sporting Gijon 2-3 Villarreal
Villarreal eased their relegation fears whilst consigning Sporting Gijon to the Segunda Division with an entertaining victory at El Molinon.

The Yellow Submarine took the lead through Mario, and the two sides exchanged goals late in the first half; Alberto Lora equalised for Sporting, before Marcos Senna's penalty, as Villarreal went into the break 2-1 ahead. Hernan Perez doubled the visitors' lead with a rasping drive, not too dissimilar to Lora's in the first half, and despite Alejandro Galvez' strike, Sporting were unable to find a third.

Javier Clemente and substitute Villarreal goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez were both sent off in the closing stages of the match as the game ended amidst in heated arguments between both groups of players. The result leaves Sporting six points adrift of safety and, with an inferior head-to-head against Rayo Vallecano, relegated.
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Real Sociedad
Carlos Vela netted an injury-time equaliser to deny Atletico Madrid a much needed win in their pursuit of qualifying for Europe's elite competition at Vicente Calderon.

Atleti took the lead in stunning fashion when Gabi's 25-yard piledriver gave Claudio Bravo little hope in the Sociedad goal. But he transformed from hero to villain when he was show a second yellow card 17 minutes from time.

And it proved costly as Vela scrambled home an equaliser deep into injury time, all but ending the capital club's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. In contrasting fortunes, the point moves Sociedad seven points clear of the drop zone, securing their Primera status.
Barcelona 4-1 Malaga
Sevilla 1-2 Real Betis
Real Betis came from behind in the Andalusian derby, with Benat Etxebarria netting an injury-time winner, damaging Sevilla's hopes of finishing in an Europa League spot.

Alvaro Negredo fired the home side ahead with the opening ten minutes as Sevilla looked to end a three game winless streak, the score remained the same until the 43rd minute when Etxebarria curled home from range. And he sent the away fans into pandemonium when he converted a 90th-minute free-kick to seal a dramatic derby win for Betis.

The win moves Betis level on points with Sevilla, with the latter occupying 10th place in the Liga table, whilst Los Rojiblancos subsequently lose further ground on the top seven.
Mallorca 1-0 Rayo Vallecano
Mallorca's good run continued as they usurped Athletic Bilbao in the final European spot in La Liga.

The game's solitary goal came in the 62nd minute when Gonzalo Castro thrashed home after Tomas Pina had played him in. Despite their being 14 shots on target both 'keepers were in fine from as the attacking contingent were denied on numerous occasions.

With Zaragoza winning on Wednesday night Rayo are just three points clear of the drop zone, but do boast a superior head-to-head record against the Aragonese outfit. Meanwhile, the Islanders' win lifts them into seventh, and in the hunt for qualifying for Europe next season.
Zaragoza 1-0 Levante
Zaragoza's hopes of survival remained attainable after the hosts dented Levante's Champions League aspirations at La Romareda in a win of the narrowest of margins.

Edu Oriol grabbed the game's only goal after 11 minutes with a well-struck effort from the edge of the area. Levante went in search of equaliser as they looked to move back into fourth place following Malaga's defeat to Malaga, but the goal never came.

The win lifts Zaragoza to within three points of safety, after Rayo Vallecano slipped to a fifth successive defeat as they look to complete a remarkable escape.