La Liga winners in 2016 remain undecided as both Spanish giants seized victory. Atletico gave up on title-dreams.
The 37th round of La Liga had everything that football has to offer: easy wins for the title-favourites, exciting derby between a great team and another favourite and a surprising defeat for the third most likely La Liga Winners.
As usual in the last two rounds of La Liga, all 10 games are played at the same time in order to make things even more exciting as well as decrease the possibility of football championship cheats.
Before this round, the most popular to the question „Who is going to win La Liga?” was obviously FC Barcelona at all La Liga betting sites. The Blaugrana hosted city-rival Espanyol in the 37th round and it was expected to be a great battle between two ancient rivals.
However, Espanyol failed to stop Luiz Enrique’s men: the home-team easily trashed Espanyol by 5-0 at Camp Nou. Messi scored the first goal in the 8th minute and the half time result was 1-0. Espanyol gave up in the second half: Suarez scored a double in the 52nd and 61st minutes of the game, then Rafinha and Neymar also scored respectively in the 74th and 83rd minutes. We can see at sports scores news that the final result is 5-0 which means even better Barcelona odds to win La Liga.
The second favorite to win La Liga was Atletico de Madrid, according to most online gambling news in Spain. The capital-based team visited Valencia-based Levante. A team that has already relegated and are staying in the last position. It seemed to be the easiest possible game.
Especially that the Rojiblancos took the lead as early as the 2nd minute, thanks to a great goal by Torres. However, UD Levante managed to equalize in the 30th minute by Casadesus. In addition, they even managed to turn the game over as Rossi scored a winning goal in the 90th minute. Atletico seem to have a habit of letting go of titles in the last seconds of their important games… Because this defeat against Levante means their exit of the race for La Liga title.
The biggest derby and most difficult game out of the 3 title-candidates was unquestionably played by Real Madrid. The Royal Club hosted Valencia at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. They were in the worst position before the games began as they were 1 point behind both Barcelona and Atletico, and their only hope in the last 2 rounds was both teams to fail. Atletico did so…
Real Madrid took the lead in the 26th minute with Cristiano Ronaldo’s terrific shot just outside the penalty area. The capital-side created many chances and Diego Alves was the only person who kept up the Valencian hopes of stealing points from Zidane’s men and hence their wish to win the league.
However, not even Alves managed to save his team in the 42nd minute, when Benzema scored his team’s second goal. He was offside at one occasion just before the goal, so the referee made a mistake in allowing this goal. The half time result was 2-0, and in order to make the game exciting again, Rodrigo scored in the 55th minute, 2-1.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo did not wish to give up on Real Madrid chances to win La Liga: He scored only 4 minutes later. André Gomes, who came on as a substitute, scored another goal for Valencia to change the result to 3-2, however, Rodrigo took away his team’s chances when he said something wrong for which he was immediately sent off by Fernandez Borbalan.
The referee was main character once again when he disallowed Danilo’s goal, which was a result of the great architecting work of Alvaro Arbeloa, who came on as a substitute. The home-grown player of Real Madrid played his very last game at Santiago Bernabéu as he will retire at the end of the season.
As we can see, live sports results see Atlético de Madrid out of the race for La Liga, while Real Madrid took over their place in the second position. A great miracle should happen for Real Madrid to win La Liga as Barca need to lose points in Granada in the last round while the Galacticos still need to win their last game. Which, by the way, would be their 12th league win in a row.