La Liga Results 2016: Latest Title Odds and Table After Final Week 36 Match

Tom BeckContributor IMay 2, 2016

VALENCIA, SPAIN - MARCH 02:  Marino of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid at Ciutat de Valencia on March 02, 2016 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Levante's relegation from La Liga was confirmed in Week 36 after a late collapse saw them lose 3-1 to Malaga on Monday at Estadio La Rosaleda.

Spain's basement club will ply their trade in the second tier for the first time since 2010, with an escape now impossible to achieve. The three teams above them—Sporting Gijon, Getafe and Rayo Vallecanoall have 35 points to their name but with Sporting and Getafe meeting next weekend, Levante are no longer able to rise above their rivals.

The Valencia club's task was made all the more difficult before arriving at Monday's fixture, with four out of the five clubs directly above them in the table securing wins this weekend. Their poor luck continued into this match round as they saw two goals ruled out before collapsing to defeat.

At the other end of the table, there was a trio of victories for the top three sides Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. The Spanish heavyweights are separated by just a solitary point heading into the final two league matches of the season.

Take a look at the latest Liga title odds from Oddschecker, an updated Primera league table and a recap of Monday's match action.

La Liga 2015-16 Title Odds: Week 36
TeamOdds
Barcelona2-7
Real Madrid26-5
Atletico Madrid10-1
Oddschecker.com
La Liga 2015-16 Standings: Week 36
PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Barcelona36274510429+7585
2Atletico Madrid3627456016+4485
3Real Madrid36266410532+7384
4Villarreal36181084431+1364
5Athletic Club36177125544+1158
6Celta Vigo36169115057-757
7Sevilla361410124943+652
8Malaga361112133433+145
9Valencia361111144444044
10Las Palmas36127174449-543
11Real Sociedad36119164247-542
12Eibar36119164656-1042
13Real Betis361011153150-1941
14Espanyol36117183667-3140
15Deportivo La Coruna36718114359-1639
16Granada3699184265-2336
17Rayo Vallecano36811174870-2235
18Getafe3698193564-2935
19Sporting Gijon3698193761-2435
20Levante3678213466-3229
WhoScored.com

 

Monday Recap

Three points were required on Monday to give Levante any hope of survival after rivals' results went against them throughout the weekend.

However, it would prove to be a frustrating evening for Rubi's team as they saw two goals chalked off before a late meltdown which ultimately sealed their fate.

La Liga expert Sid Lowe felt sympathy after relegation was confirmed:

Despite knowing that a maximum points haul would be vital for Levante to retain their top-flight status, it was Malaga who enjoyed more ball retention and better openings in the first period.

However against the run of play, Mauricio Cuero found the back of the net from close range and appeared to have put the struggling visitors ahead on the half-hour mark before it was harshly ruled offside.

Agence France Presse's Spanish football correspondent Kieran Canning gave his view on the offside decision:

Cuero played a square pass to Giuseppe Rossi, who saw his shot blocked on the line by defender Albentosa. The rebound fell kindly to the feet of Cuero, who shot into the unguarded net, but the linesman's flag was already raised before he could celebrate.

Seconds later they would be punished further as Duje Cop found the back of the net for Malaga, stabbing home an inviting cross from inside the box.

OptaJose provided the statistic which explains Levante's defensive struggles this season:

Moments before the half-time interval, Levante gave themselves a life-line when Jose Morales leveled on 42 minutes as he slid the ball past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

There was to be more drama toward the end of the game as Levante had another goal disallowed. Morales met Cuero's low ball to the far post and poked it past Ochoa, only for the linesman to again rule the goal as offside.

Malaga's Croatian forward Duje Cop controls the ball during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs RC Celta de Vigo at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on January 2, 2016.   AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO / AFP / Jorge Guerrero        (Photo credit should
JORGE GUERRERO/Getty Images

Cop, for the second time in the contest, punished Levante's misfortune as he put Malaga ahead again in the 89th minute to put their opponents on the brink of relegation.

That was finally confirmed in the third minute of added time as Gonzalo Castro found the back of the net.

La Liga commentator Duncan Bishop felt Levante have shown their best form in recent months:

Rubi's men have shown great spirit throughout their ultimately unsuccessful campaign, playing some of their most attractive and positive football in recent years.

However, they drop down into the Segunda Division for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign with the upcoming fixture list conspiring against their chances of survival.