Published: 14:57, May 27, 2024 | Updated: 17:09, May 27, 2024
Fermin Lopez gives Xavi winning send-off on last weekend in La Liga
By Xinhua
Sevilla's Spanish defender #4 Sergio Ramos (left) vies with Barcelona's Spanish midfielder #16 Fermin Lopez during the Spanish league football match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on May 26, 2024. (PHOTO / AFP)

MADRID - Xavi Hernandez ended his two-and-a-half years as coach of FC Barcelona ended with a win as goals from Robert Lewandowski and Fermin Lopez gave his side a 2-1 win away to Sevilla on Sunday evening.

It was fitting that Lopez, who has been one of the successes of Xavi's management this season, scored the winning goal just before the hour.

Youssef En-Nesyri leveled for Sevilla after half and hour, but Lopez's second-half strike meant Xavi could leave with his head held high.

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Mallorca ended a difficult season with a 2-1 win away to Getafe thanks to late goals from Vedat Muriqi, who canceled out Gaston Alvarez's opener for Getafe in the 90th minute before Pablo Maffeo gave coach Javier Aguirre a winning send-off three minutes into injury time.

Celta and Valencia ended their campaigns with an entertaining 2-2 draw with and Iago Aspas's penalty canceling out Carlos Dominguez's own goal, which had given Valencia an early lead.

Alberto Mari's 60th-minute penalty put Valencia back in front but just two minutes later Anastasios Douvikas ensured it ended honors even.

Things also ended all-square between Las Palmas and Alaves with Carlos Vicente giving Alaves a second-half advantage and Marc Cardona assuring a draw as the two sides promoted last season celebrated top-flight survival for another year.

Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski (center) fights for the ball with Sevilla's Kike Salas during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Sevilla and FC Barcelona at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, May 26, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

On Saturday Real Madrid prepared for next weekend's Champions League final with a 0-0 draw at home to Betis, which saw coach Carlo Ancelotti give Thibaut Courtois over an hour in goal, while Andriy Lunin didn't get a single minute, in what could be a hint to who plays in next week's Champions League final.

The match also saw Toni Kroos give an emotional 'adios' to the Santiago Bernabeu after announcing his retirement earlier in the week.

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The issues of who would claim the Zamora and Pichichi awards for the best goalkeeper and striker of the season, were resolved, with Athletic Club Bilbao's Unai Simon winning the Zamora as he kept a clean sheet in Athletic's 1-0 win away to Rayo Vallecano.

Nico Williams decided a game with an end-of-season flavor with a 66th-minute goal after good work from Alex Berenguer.

Girona's Artem Dovbyk scored a hat-trick in Girona's 7-0 thrashing of Granada on Friday night to win the Pichichi award.

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The Ukrainian forward ended his hat-trick with an 89th-minute penalty that took his total for the season to 24 goals and although Villarreal's Alexander Sorloth had the chance to overtake that in his side's visit to Osasuna, the Norwegian was struck by bad luck as he had to limp off with a muscle injury after 14 minutes of a 1-1 draw.

Goals from Samuel Lino and Reinildo saw Atletico Madrid to a 2-0 win away to Real Sociedad in a result that ended Real Sociedad keeper Alex Remino's chance of ending the season with the best goalkeeping record.

Finally, Almeria beat Cadiz 6-1 in a match between two teams who will play next season in the second division.

Although Brian Ocampo put Cadiz ahead, two goals each from Sergio Arribas and Luis Suarez, an own goal and an effort from Gonzalo Melero saw Almeria romp to a win that saw them climb off the bottom of the table and above Granada, whose coach Jose Ramon Sandoval announced his resignation before the defeat in Girona.