La Liga: Real rout Celta, Atletico Secures Second Spot

Atletico Madrid secured second spot in La Liga and ensured they will finish above Real Madrid for the first time in four years following a 1-0 win at Getafe on Saturday.

Gareth Bale bagged a brace at the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid thumped Celta Vigo 6-0 in their last home game of the season.

Atletico remain second in the standings on 78 points, three ahead of Real Madrid with one game left and Atletico’s superior head-to-head record means they finish above their neighbours for the first time since winning the title in 2014.

Diego Simeone fielded a full-strength team against neighbours Getafe despite playing the Europa League final against Olympique de Marseille next Wednesday and his side took the lead in the eighth minute when midfielder Koke rifled the ball into the bottom corner after being teed up by Antoine Griezmann.

Getafe were awarded a penalty late in the second half but Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak saved Moroccan midfielder Faycal Fajr’s spot-kick to preserve the visiting side’s lead and seal then three points.

Bale struck the first goal of Real’s thrashing of Celta with a surging run forward and low finish. He doubled his side’s lead by cutting inside near the corner flag and sending a sweeping finish into the far corner.

Further strikes from Isco, Achraf Hakimi, Toni Kroos, an own goal by Celta defender Sergi Gomez completed the drubbing for Real, who were without Cristiano Ronaldo due to an ankle injury and rested captain Sergio Ramos ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool on May 26.

Villarreal sealed an automatic Europa League spot by beating Deportivo La Coruna 4-2, while Real Betis drew an exciting local derby with Sevilla 2-2 to secure a Europa League place, leaving Sevilla with a playoff berth for Europe’s secondary competition.

Champions Barcelona hope to preserve their unbeaten run when they visit Levante later today.

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