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Las Palmas 0-4 Alaves: Las Palmas relegated by Alaves thrashing

Las Palmas were relegated to the second division in the rain on the Canary Islands after an abysmal defeat to Alaves. A frustrating first half had no clear cut chances for either side, with both restricted to shots from distance in their attempt to break the deadlock. Paco Jemez made a double substitution at the break and his team started the second half brightly but 30 seconds proved pivotal as Peter Etebo hit the crossbar with a 25 yard free-kick, only for Alaves to go up the other end and…

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Girona 0-2 Espanyol: Espanyol’s new manager bounce hits Girona’s European dreams

The first game in the post-Quique Sanchez Flores era was a success for Espanyol as the Pericos ended a five match run without scoring as Gerard Moreno’s brace earned a Catalan derby victory. Girona have stuttered in recent weeks as pressure has increased on their dreams of Europe and it appeared to be taking its toll as chance after chance went begging with Christhian Stuani among those to grasp at chances early on. Just moments before the half-time whistle, Gerard Moreno broke the deadlock as Sergi Darder’s free-kick from deep…

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Leganes 1-0 Celta Vigo: Another season of top flight football confirmed with Pepineros’ win

Asier Garitano continues to work miracles at Estadio Municipal de Butarque as his Leganes team ensured survival in La Liga courtesy of victory over Celta Vigo, who waved goodbye to hopes of a Europa League spot challenge in the final weeks of the season. In a tense first half of few chances, Leganes looked the most likely to find a breakthrough as Celta Vigo struggled to make an impact despite dominating possession. Iago Aspas enjoyed their best chance of the afternoon midway through the first period as he found space…

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La Liga News 

Athletic Bilbao to appoint Eduardo Berizzo as next manager

Former Celta Vigo and Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo has his next La Liga job lined up and will take over as coach at San Mames this summer, replacing Kuko Ziganda in the dugout. The Argentinian was sacked by Sevilla in December and has been out of work since, but Athletic are now in talks to confirm him as their next manager. According to MARCA, Berizzo has not been short of offers during his time out of the game with various offers from South America, but would prefer to remain in Spain…

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Ruben Pardo proves his point in Real Sociedad return with captain’s armband

After only 21 minutes of league action all season and having spent the previous 6 months on the sidelines without ever entering the fray, it was a surprise to many to see Ruben Pardo back in the Real Sociedad line-up this weekend. Imanol Alguacil chose his first starting XI to face Girona and opted to recall the central midfielder for his first appearance since November. Not only was he in the team from the start, but Pardo also wore the captain’s armband. Having been frozen out by Eusebio Sacristan during…

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La Liga News 

Just when will Malaga, Las Palmas and Deportivo be relegated?

With only seven La Liga games left to go this season, the relegation candidates at the wrong end of the table look almost guaranteed to retain their three current occupants: Deportivo La Coruna, Las Palmas and Malaga. The first to go down will almost certainly be Malaga, who could go down within a fortnight. They welcome Real Madrid this weekend before travelling to Levante, the side who will most likely consign them to a season in the second tier. Levante are in fact the side who will define exactly when…

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Villarreal 1-3 Athletic Bilbao: Goals galore blows race for Europe wide open

Villarreal suffered a major blow as Athletic Bilbao blew the race for Europe wide open in a heated victory at Estadio de la Ceramica on Monday evening. Inigo Cordoba got the early goal in a well worked move which gave them the lead only four minutes into the encounter. Inaki Williams’ perfectly timed run allowed him to round Sergio Asenjo and cut back to Cordoba, whose volley found its way into the corner of the net. There was a scare minutes later as Villarreal were forced into an early change when Pablo…

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Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez linked with Borussia Dortmund move

Borussia Dortmund are said to be preparing a raid on Celta Vigo for their star striker Maxi Gomez, who has scored 13 goals in 29 La Liga appearances since joining the club in the summer. Gomez turned down a 25 million euro move to China in January, changing his mind at the last moment when he looked set to sign for Beijing Guoan. Galicia en Goles, as cited by Football España, say that Dortmund are considering a move for the Uruguayan. Celta’s sporting director Felipe Minambres recently visited Germany and…

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Real Sociedad target Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez for La Liga return

After the sacking of Eusebio Sacristan, Real Sociedad are on the hunt for a new manager and have looked to the Premier League for the top candidate on their shortlist. It’s reported that their number one target is Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez, who has not coached in Spain since he left Real Madrid in January 2016 before Zinedine Zidane took charge at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Mirror say that Real Sociedad are keen to bring him back to La Liga for what would be his fourth managerial role in the…

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Lionel Messi La Liga News 

Barcelona trio set for Thursday medical tests

There is cause for concern in Barcelona as Lionel Messi, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Gerard Pique will all undergo medical tests on Thursday. All three will return from international duty on Thursday morning and will immediately undergo tests on their respective injuries to determine how long they may be sidelined for. Initial impressions have suggested that none of the trio have serious major issues, but it remains to be seen if Ernesto Valverde will risk them when Barcelona travel to face Sevilla this weekend. Wednesday’s training session saw the return…

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