We now know the four Spanish clubs qualified for the future edition of the Champions League. Despite their defeat on the lawn of Atlético Madrid (2-1), Real Sociedad scored their ticket by taking advantage of Villarreal’s setback against Rayo Vallecano (2-1) on the occasion of the 37th day of La Liga. On the other hand, we still do not know who will finish behind FC Barcelona, already champions and who offered themselves a ride against Mallorca (3-0) for the farewell of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets at Camp Nou. A point separates Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid, with Merengue masters of their destiny.
The match between Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad, third and fourth respectively at kick-off, was the main poster of the 37th day of La Liga. Unfortunately, the two teams failed to rise to the challenge. The face-to-face generally resembled a huge round of observation, with players too wait-and-see and uninspired. Luckily for the Colchoneros, there was Antoine Griezmann. The Frenchman signed his 15th goal and his… 15th assist of the season to lead his team to victory.
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We do not know if Griezmann really wanted to shoot the opener, but the fact remains that his strike, or his center, low to the ground, ended in the bottom (1-0, 37th). It took such inspiration to pack a very poor meeting into clear chances. Upon returning from the locker room, the two teams did not show much more. There was still a nice movement from Atlético Madrid, concluded by Nahuel Molina on a good deviation from Griezmann (2-0, 73rd). Despite the break in the pocket, Diego Simeone’s men nevertheless found a way to scare themselves after the reduction of the score by Alexander Sorloth (2-1, 88th). Without consequence.
In the other meetings, we will remember the demonstration of FC Barcelona, which made short work of Mallorca, thanks in particular to a double from Ansu Fati. This match was unfortunately marked by the exit on injury of Alejandro Balde. Victim of a nasty tackle, he suffered a torn ligament in his right ankle, synonymous with an absence ranging from 6 to 7 weeks.
Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona celebrates his team’s first goal during the LaLiga Santander match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou on May 28, 2023 in Barcelona
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This success, which allows the Blaugrana to redo the icing after two defeats in a row in the league, was also an opportunity to salute the last appearances of Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets at Camp Nou. Both executives will leave Barça at the end of the season. At the bottom of the table, the suspense remains unbearable since Cadiz, 13th, is only two lengths ahead of Valladolid, 18th.
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