23 (SW) – On the final day of the Spanish Liga, Real Madrid
set another negative record as they lost their fifth
straight game, the first such losing streak in the 102-year
history of the club. This time Real Sociedad had no
compassion with the Bernabéu team and beat them 1-4 in
Winning in the third qualifying round in August will be
necessary in order for Madrid to play in the Champions
League next year.
With this result, Barcelona didn’t even need to grab points
and finished an impressive second half of the season in a
well-deserved second place, thus gaining direct access to
the Champions League. Deportivo la Coruña ended up in third
place and will also have to play a qualifying match in
At the bottom of the table, Espanyol beat Murcia and were
saved by the bell from relegation. After a disastrous first
half of the competition, Espanyol were facing a long, dark
road ahead, but thanks to defeats of their closest rivals in
the months of April and May, coach Fernández managed to keep
the second club from the city of Barcelona in first division.
Valladolid, who beat Villarreal 3-0, and Celta de Vigo, who
hosted Mallorca and lost 0-2, will descend to the second
division along with Murcia, already relegated four weeks ago.
With their loss in Valladolid, UEFA Cup semi-finalists
Villarreal lost their chance to play the UEFA Cup tournament
again next season. Athletic de Bilbao and Sevilla, who beat
Osasuna 1-0, qualified for this tournament. In spite of
their win in and against Bilbao, Atlético Madrid will have
to try to qualify for the UEFA Cup via the Intertoto Cup.
Villarreal will have the same option of entering the