Liga: Real Sociedad in Europe, disappointment for Athletic | Kirola


Portu and Real Sociedad have qualified for the Europa League.  (© DR)
Portu and Real Sociedad have qualified for the Europa League. (© DR)

Alavés already condemned, Osasuna well settled in the soft belly and Real Sociedad guaranteed to be in Europe next year. This last day of La Liga only had a real stake for one of the four Basque clubs, Athletic Club Bilbao.

At kick-off, Marcelino’s men were a point behind Villareal who moved on the lawn of Barcelona. In the event of victory and poor performance by Villareal, Bizkaitar could qualify for the Europa League Conference.

No Europe for Bilbo

In the end, it was just the opposite that happened, as Bilbo lost 1-0 in Sevilla while at the same time Unai Emery’s team won 2-0 at Camp Nou. For the fifth consecutive year, Athletic is not European, unlike Real Sociedad, qualified for the Europa League despite losing at home against Atlético de Madrid, 1-2.

La Real finished this championship in sixth place. It’s worse than last year, when she was fifth, but it’s identical to the 2019-2020 season.

A regularity comparable to that of Osasuna. Returned to the elite of Spanish football three seasons ago, the Navarrese finished this championship tenth after being ranked eleventh the previous year then tenth again before.

Eibar well placed

Beaten 1-0 by Cadiz, Alavés are relegated to the lower level after playing six years in a row in La Liga. A second division from which Eibar could well extricate itself. With one game to go, the Gipuzkoa club are leaders, tied on 80 points with Almería and two points ahead of Valladolid. Only the first two are promoted to the first division, the next four must play in the play-offs.

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