Sunday 18 February 2018

Osasuna and Valladolid relegated from Primera Division

Press Association

OSASUNA and Real Valladolid were relegated from the Primera Division on a dramatic closing day of the season.

Valladolid knew that their fate was not in their own hands and a 1-0 loss to Granada, who were also in danger of the drop at kick-off, confirmed that they would be in the second tier next season.

Osasuna needed Valladolid to defeat Granada to give them a chance of staying up, but they were relegated despite beating Real Betis 2-1 in a match which was suspended for more than 35 minutes after a frightening incident in which a section of fencing collapsed, injuring a number of supporters.

Almeria secured their place in La Liga by drawing 0-0 with Athletic Bilbao.

Stefan Mitrovic's own-goal a minute before the break was enough to settle the contest in Valladolid, with the real drama unfolding at the El Sadar stadium.

Oriol Riera put the hosts on their way in the 12th minute before Javier Acuna doubled Osasuna's advantage two minutes later. Betis defender Chica reduced the arrears in the 70th minute, but the visitors could not find an equaliser.

Riera's opening goal sparked wild celebrations, but they were abruptly halted when a lower guard rail behind the goal gave way. Several fans fell forward and the match was immediately halted as the emergency services moved in to treat those injured – none seriously.

It was more than half-an-hour before the match resumed, and the decision was made to postpone second-half kick-offs elsewhere, with so much at stake.

Away from the relegation battle, Villarreal produced a dominant performance to claim a 2-1 victory at Real Sociedad and unseat the Basques to finish sixth.

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