Round-Up: Liga Iberdrola (Spain) Week 3005 May, 2019
The 2018/19 Liga Iberdrola season came to an end this afternoon. All 8 games were played simultaneously and there was a lot on the line!
The champion’s title was contested to the very last day. Atlético were 3 points ahead of Barcelona and they needed a win or a draw to secure the honours over their rival. A loss for them and a win for Barça would gift them the title on goal difference.
Madrid CFF needed a win against Athletic Club Bilbao and for Albacete to lose to Logroño (who also need a win) to escape relegation to the second division. Málaga were two points below both Madrid & Albacete, and a win against Rayo Vallecano could’ve kept them safe. Sporting Huelva, rounding out this close 5 team/4 point fight, were away to Español.
Adriana (31′(p) & 77′ ), María Ruiz (65′) & Armisa (68′) sent the hosts out with a bang. Despite the result’s four goals, they couldn’t salvage enough to avoid the drop due to the amount of goals scored against them, . Oriana Altuve (39′ & 45′) scored two consolation goals for Rayo in the 1st half.
Albacete started in 14th place and ended at the bottom after a beating at Logroño. Four 2nd half goals turned the tide and condemned them to the second division. An own goal from Sandra Luzardo (50′) started the 2nd half badly. Things got worse when Claudia was shown a second yellow card four minutes later. The hosts took full advantage with Jade (65′), Ida Guehai (74′) & Kanteh (90+4′) getting on the score sheet before the final whistle. Alba Redondo (84′) pulled one back for Albacete, but their fate was sadly already sealed.
Atletico won the 1st of two tough games against Sociedad thanks to a hat-trick from Esther (14′, 45′ & 67′). The hosts got one back thanks to Beltrán (57′), but it secured the league title for the 3rd consecutive year from the team from the capital. They’ll see each other in the cup final next weekend.
Valencia went ahead in the 3rd minute thanks to Mari Paz (3′), but their lead lasted only 11 minutes as Rosa Marquez (14′) equalised. It got worse for the home side as three more goals from Yiyi (41’), Vreugdenhil (47′, own goal) & Bea Parra (89′) capped off a comeback for Betis.
With the league format changing next year, here’s hoping the support and level of competition keeps growing after this year’s World Cup.