Sporting Gijon survived relegation from La Liga on the final day of the season after securing a magnificent 2-0 victory over Villarreal.
Sporting leapfrogged Getafe in the standings following their 2-1 defeat to Real Betis to claim the final remaining safety spot, as relegation was confirmed for Rayo Vallecano and the Madrid strugglers.
With Levante's spot in the second tier already cemented, it was left for three times to squabble over two relegation positions with Sporting escaping demotion after goals from Jony and Sergio Alvarez.
Meanwhile in the individual charts, the Pichichi Trophy was already wrapped up with Luis Suarez claiming the award after netting a match and title-winning treble against lowly Granada to take his total for the season to 40.
Take a look at all the scores from Sunday's action:
|La Liga 2015-16: Matchday 38 Results|
Here's what the table looks like following the conclusion of Matchday 38:
|La Liga 2015-16: Week 38 Standings|
|15||Deportivo La Coruna||38||8||18||12||45||61||-16||42|
And the 10 sharpest marksmen in the division:
|La Liga 2015-16: Top Scorers|
|2||Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||35|
|4||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||24|
|6||Antoine Griezmann||Atletico Madrid||22|
|7||Aritz Aduriz||Athletic Club||20|
|8||Gareth Bale||Real Madrid||19|
|9||Ruben Castro||Real Betis||19|
|10||Lucas Perez||Deportivo La Coruna||17|
Sporting pulled off a shock victory over UEFA Champions League qualifiers Villarreal at Estadio El Molinon on Sunday to move away from danger in the final round of fixtures.
It took just seven minutes for creative force Jony to calm the nerves of the hosts, as he rifled in a superb volley from the edge of the box following a fine ball into the area from Carlos Carmona from the right wing.
The 24-year-old has been a standout player throughout Sporting's campaign and deservedly inked his name on the scoresheet with a well-taken strike to enthuse the home supporters.
Sergio Alvarez smashed in a second goal of the game with 10 minutes to play to secure all three points and ensure Gijon remain in the top flight.
BeINSports Editor David Cartlidge hailed the performance of Gijon once again this term:
David Cartlidge @davidjaca
Unreal what these kids have done in two years. A miracle. No support from board, president etc. Coaches, fans, players vs. everyone.2016-5-15 19:20:49
Former Sporting striker David Villa showed his support as the club moved away from danger:
David Villa @Guaje7Villa
Gooolllllllllll #VamosSporting https://t.co/a6TXH1Pjcs2016-5-15 19:04:36
Meanwhile, Spanish football expert Sid Lowe provided the pictures at the full-time whistle:
Sid Lowe @sidlowe
Rayo's fans applaud players off https://t.co/9xp7C6kzpi2016-5-15 19:20:57
The maximum points haul lifted Abelardo Fernandez side onto 39 points, just one more than Rayo in 17th place.
Getafe—the little brother of the two Madrid heavyweights, Real and Atletico—will ply their trade in the second tier after losing, 2-1, to Real Betis.
With 55 minutes on the clock, Betis broke the deadlock to further dampen Getafe's aspirations of surviving the drop. An excellent whipped ball to the far post by Joaquin was met by German Pezzella, who returned the ball from whence it came into the other corner of the net.
Eighteen minutes later, Getafe’s fate was ultimately sealed after conceding a soft penalty. Charly Musonda’s ankle was tapped well outside the area before ultimately falling inside the box, but the referee pointed to the spot. Ruben Castro confidently stepped up to net his 19th goal of the season.
Getafe lost their discipline in the second period after falling behind and quickly picked up five bookings in a 10-minute duration before second-half substitute Emiliano Buendia was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Fabian Ruiz.
Alvaro Medran gave Getafe a crumb of comfort with a wonderful top-corner strike from outside the box to supply the fans with a goal to cheer, but it was far from enough as the hosts held on.
Rayo Vallecano went down with a fight at home to Levante, as they opened up a two-goal lead inside 23 minutes through Pablo Hernandez and Jozabed. Verza pulled one back for the visitors on the hour mark from the penalty spot, but Miku regained his team's two-goal cushion with a tap-in at the back post.
ESPN La Liga correspondent Dermot Corrigan felt Rayo's late-season form was a huge reason behind their demise:
Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan
Rayo only really themselves to blame - only won three of last 15, versus also relegated Getafe & Villarreal, and much rotated Villarreal.2016-5-15 19:14:06
Despite securing the convincing win—just their ninth of the season—Rayo slipped into the Segunda after five years in La Liga.
Bleacher Report's European football writer Karl Matchett confirmed the state of play at the end of the season:
Karl Matchett @karlmatchett
FT in La Liga - Sporting Gijon stay up, Rayo down, Getafe down alongside Levante!2016-5-15 19:19:27
In the day's earlier game, Espanyol beat Eibar, 4-2, after braces from Marco Asensio and Gerard Moreno.
At the other end of the table, Barcelona secured their 24th Spanish domestic title and their sixth in the last eight years with a 3-0 win over Granada. Suarez was the highlight on Saturday as he netted a treble to secure he topped the scoring charts with 40 goals.
The official La Liga account paid tribute to the Uruguayan attacker:
He has scored 40 goals and set up 16... #LaLiga 💥 LUIS SUAREZ 💥 https://t.co/kkQcGoip5p2016-5-14 20:44:27
While Sky Sports detailed the successes of the former Liverpool striker this year:
Sky Sports News HQ @SkySportsNewsHQ
Suarez's 40 league goals make him the leading scorer in Europe's top five leagues. https://t.co/p1MCQmj7Ic #SSNHQ https://t.co/gm0loMhq0s2016-5-14 18:21:39
Real beat Depor, 2-0, following a brace from Portugal international Cristiano Ronaldo, who trailed Suarez by five goals, with the former Manchester United forward also hitting the woodwork twice before being replaced at half-time as Zinedine Zidane's men were forced to finish as runners-up.
Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has been forced to take a backseat in the Barca goalscoring stakes after a fragmented season that injury disrupted in the early stages. The Argentine netted 26 times in the league in another inspirational campaign, but the season belonged to Suarez, who took on more responsibility leading the Blaugrana attack during his South American team-mate's absence.
Benzema, who finished fourth in the scoring standings, found the back of the net in the league on 24 occasions this year, but it is interesting to note he did so in just 27 appearances, per WhoScored.com.