La Liga Round 37 Results: Sporting Gijon & Zaragoza keep survival hopes alive as battle for Europe intensifies

Rayo, Villarreal and Granada will also battle for their Liga lives on the final day of the season, while Levante slip up again in their quest for European football
Zaragoza 2-1 Racing
Zaragoza's incredible revival continued against already-relegated Racing Santander as the Aragon outfit stayed in the race to beat the drop after Rayo Vallecano, Granada and Villarreal all suffered defeats.

The visitors took an early lead through Cristian's strike, only for Helder Postiga to pull Zaragoza level with a well-taken finish just two minutes later. As the game drew to a close, the hosts, spurred on by the crowd, grabbed the crucial winner when Angel Lafita bundled home in the 78th minute to keep his side's survival hopes alive.

The result moves Zaragoza level on 40 points with Rayo Vallecano, who remain above them because a superior head-to-head record. The Aragons play Getafe in their final game of the season needing a win to stand any chance of staying up.
Sporting Gijon 2-1 Betis
Sporting Gijon rewarded their loyal support with a defiant home win over Betis in their final game of the season at El Molinon as the 2-1 win kept their slender hopes of survival alive.

The hosts were gifted the lead when Gaston Sangoy converted a 12th minute penalty. Betis, settled in mid-table, rallied before the break to draw level through Jorge Molina in first-half injury-time.

Los Rojiblancos looked to re-establish their lead after the break as they grew more dominant, and they were justly rewarded 10 minutes in when Sangoy grabbed his second goal of the night to secure a priceless victory. Sporting face Champions League-chasing Malaga in the final matchday trailing Zaragoza and Rayo by three points.
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Getafe
Athletic Bilbao prepared for their Europa League final against Atletico Madrid next week with a goalless draw against Getafe at San Mames.

With the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona also coming up later in the month, Bielsa fielded a much-changed starting XI. In a game of few chances both teams only managed a single shot on target each as neither side sought a winner.

Getafe, safe in mid-table, played their part in a forgettable match as the Madrid-based outfit were limited to efforts from range. The draw leaves the Basques three points adrift of sixth place, currently occupied by Levante, the opponent they face in the final day. Geta, meanwhile, can finish no higher than than ninth.
Mallorca 1-0 Levante
Levante's incredible season finally seems to have run out of steam as they slipped to a second consecutive defeat as they tumbled out of the top six.

The Islanders took the lead in the 54th minute through Tomas Pina's strike, with the goal proving enough to secure the win for Mallorca, denting Levante's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. The Costa Blanca club are in danger of missing out of Europe altogether despite occupying a top-four spot for much of the season.

Meanwhile, the victory for Mallorca lifts them into sixth, level on 52 points with Levante but with a superior head-to-head record, although the Islanders can only hope for a spot in the Europa League as they are unable to leapfrog Malaga in fourth.  
Granada 1-2 Real Madrid

Sevilla 5-2 Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano suffered their sixth consecutive defeat leaving them just above the drop zone thanks of a superior head-to-head record against Zaragoza.

In a high-octane match Sevilla took the lead through Baba Diawara before Diego Da Silva Costa pegged Los Rojiblancos back through a spot-kick. The hosts, however, were not to be deterred, as Cala fired the Andalucians ahead before the break. Diawara netted his second of the night to extend the southerners lead, and Jose Antonio Reyes made it four before Diego scored his second to reduce the deficit to 4-2.

Frederic Kanoute completed the scoring in the 81st minute as Sevilla kept their dreams of qualifying for Europe alive as they moved to within three points of Mallorca in sixth. Rayo, however, remain embroiled in relegation woes and will need to win their final game of the season if they are to retain their status as a Primera Division side.  
Barcelona 4-0 Espanyol

Atletico Madrid 2-1 Malaga

Valencia 1-0 Villarreal

Osasuna 1-0 Real Sociedad
Osasuna continued their hopes of qualifying for Europe with a narrow victory over Real Sociedad at the Reyno de Navarra.

In a game that didn't have the same stakes as others tonight, the Pamplona-based outfit moved to within a point of Europe thanks to Ibrahima's solitary strike inside the opening 15 minutes.

Sociedad lie comfortably in mid-table with no chance of qualifying for the Europa League. Should Osasuna beat Racing in their final match of the season a spot in Europe is a real possibility, as they compete with Atletico Madrid, Mallorca, Levante, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao to finish in the top six.