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With 88 minutes on the clock, Rayo Vallecano were a second division team, with Villarreal drawing at home to Atletico Madrid, Zaragoza winning in Getafe and Granada holding on for the goalless draw. Then Atletico’s Europa League hero Ramon Falcao stunned the Villarreal crowd with his 24th goal of the campaign, Lotina’s team were still safe though, just as long as Rayo didn’t win. On 92 minutes, Rayo got a corner, even their keeper was in the box and the ball hit the woodwork, then fell to Raul Tamudo who scored the most important of his nine goals for Rayo this season: Rayo 1- Granada 0! Rayo were safe and Villarreal were down. Lotina’s team – who began the season in the Champions League – paid the price for a troubled campaign, with three managers, and ended third from bottom on 41 points, one behind Granada and two off Zaragoza and Rayo. Sporting are the other team going down, on 37 points.

Villarreal’s fall from grace

It’s been a remarkable escape act from Zaragoza, who finally got out of the bottom three on the last day of the season thanks to two goals from Apoño and Helder Postiga that gave them the third of the twenty-eight points they’ve taken since January to beat Getafe, who ended the game with 8 men. Equally remarkable has been Villarreal’s fall from grace this season after 10 years in the top flight and their boss Miguel Angel Lotina was left to reflect: “it’s hard to explain what has happened. We had the chance to be safe last week and conceded late and the same thing happened tonight. Football has been unfair to Villarreal”.

Malaga in the Champions League

Malaga took the fourth Champions League place by beating Sporting 1-0 thanks to Roldan’s 11th goal of the campaign, whilst Levante’s 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao gave them sixth spot and the chance for an historic European debut next season and Atletico Madrid’s win means they will be able to defend their Europa League title next year. Osasuna just missed out, ending in seventh on 54 points, one behind Levante after beating already relegated Racing 2-4 – the first time they’ve managed more than three goals all season. Madrid finish on 100 points

Mallorca finished eighth on 52 points after losing 4-1 at the Bernabeu, as Real Madrid took their points total to a record 100 and made it 121 goals this season – 46 of them from Cristiano Ronaldo, who ended up four behind Leo Messi – and 43 from their two other strikers, Benzema(21) and Higuain(22).

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