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La Liga Results 2014 Week 36: Tracking Final Scores, Top Scorers for Matchday 36

Real's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammate Luka Modric, right, after scoring his side's 4rd goal during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2014

Atletico Madrid appear set to take home the La Liga title, but anything can happen in the final few weeks of the season.

The talented squad already moved to the finals of Champions League, where they will face Real Madrid, and they also hold a four-point lead on top of the league table. Barcelona sit in second place, but a shocking draw against Getafe has all but ended their title hopes.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are not out of the running either despite being six points back, thanks mostly to a match in hand against Valladolid.

Each of these top clubs have interesting battles set to take place on Matchday 36 that could end up deciding the league title. However, each squad will need a big-time effort from key players in order to secure the three points.

Here is a look at the results from the weekend, as well as a breakdown of the top scorers for all teams.

La Liga Results Matchday 36
DateHomeScore/Time (ET)Away
May 2Rayo Vallecano0-3Athletic Bilbao
May 3Barcelona2-2Getafe
May 3Malaga0-1Elche
May 3Osasuna0-2Celta Vigo
May 3Valladolid1-0Espanyol
May 4Almeria3-2Real Betis
May 4Levante2-0Atletico Madrid
May 4Sevilla0-0Villarreal
May 4Real Madrid2-2Valencia
May 5Real Sociedad1-1Granada
via WhoScored.com
La Liga Matchday 36 Goalscorers
GoalsPlayerClub
2LafitaGetafe
2NolitoCelta Vigo
1Mikel San JoseAthletic Bilbao
1Oscar de MarcosAthletic Bilbao
1Ander HerreraAthletic Bilbao
1Alexis SanchezBarcelona
1Lionel MessiBarcelona
1Garry Mendes RodriguesElche
1Antonio RukinovaReal Valladolid
1Oscar DiazAlmeria
1Alexis Vidal ParreuAlmeria
1Ramon AzeezAlmeria
1Braian RodriguezReal Betis
1Salva SevillaReal Betis
1Filipe Luis (OG)Atletico Madrid
1David BarralLevante
1Sergio RamosReal Madrid
1Cristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
1Jeremy MathieuValencia
1Daniel ParejoValencia
1Odion IghaloGranada
1Carlos VelaReal Sociedad
via WhoScored.com

 

Matchday 36

BILBAO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 16:  Mikel San Jose of Athletic Club runs with the ball during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and RC Celta de Vigo at San Mames Stadium on September 16, 2013 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
David Ramos/Getty Images

Athletic Bilbao essentially secured a spot in next year's Champions League by earning a 3-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in Friday's only La Liga match.

This victory was far from certain, due to the club's struggles on the road this year, but the three points give them a nine-point lead with just two matches remaining. Unless they lose two matches, Sevilla wins three and an eight-goal differential is covered, the race for a top-four spot is over.

Bilbao started things off exactly as they wanted with a goal by Mikel San Jose in the 20th minute off a corner kick. The club's Twitter account noted the atmosphere in the stadium:

This excitement only grew when Oscar De Marcos doubled the lead 10 minutes later, giving the road team an almost insurmountable lead. The fans went so crazy they broke the railing:

Ander was then able to put the match out of reach with a third goal in the 74th minute. Meanwhile, the defense did its job to prevent any quality opportunities from Rayo Vallecano. The home team took 11 shots, but few of them were good looks at the net.

Before the match, Ernesto Valverde wanted to make sure his squad remained focused. The head coach explained, "Nothing has been achieved yet (for the Champions League). The players have no fear, we know what it has taken to get this far and that we have to win every game," via Paul Logothetis of the Associated Press, h/t the Miami Herald

He did a great job of keeping his team from getting ahead of itself, and now it is in position to play in the UCL a year from now. In a league that features the two finalists for the European title as well as the extremely talented Barcelona, this is quite an accomplishment.

On Saturday, the most important result of the day was clearly Barcelona sputtering to a 2-2 draw against Getafe, thanks to an extra-time equalizer by Lafita.

Barca still have a match against Atletico Madrid to make up ground, but they need losses from both Madrid powerhouses to truly have a chance at repeating in La Liga.

It's hard to figure out if it was one point gained for Real Sociedad or two points lost. They went down to 10 men in the 56th minute after the sending-off of Mikel Gonzalez and then found a go-ahead goal courtesy of Carlos Vela in the 78th minute.

Odion Ighalo equalized in 93rd minute to snatch a point for Granada, who themselves went down to 10 men after Recio picked up his second yellow in the 54th minute.

Granada, moved three points clear of Osasuna, who sit in 18th. That point could be big in securing their place in La Liga next year.

 

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