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Atlético confirm return to Europe's élite

Published: Monday 12 May 2008, 0.54CET
Club Atlético de Madrid sealed the Primera División's final UEFA Champions League qualifying berth after a 1-0 home victory against RC Deportivo La Coruña.
Atlético confirm return to Europe's élite
Agüero celebrates Atlético's victory and passage in the UEFA Champions League ©Getty Images

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Published: Monday 12 May 2008, 0.54CET

Atlético confirm return to Europe's élite

Club Atlético de Madrid sealed the Primera División's final UEFA Champions League qualifying berth after a 1-0 home victory against RC Deportivo La Coruña.

Club Atlético de Madrid sealed the final UEFA Champions League qualifying spot in Spain after a 1-0 win against RC Deportivo La Coruña kept them three points clear of Sevilla FC – who defeated local rivals Real Betis Balompié – with one game remaining.

Forlán clincher
With Atlético sporting a superior head-to-head record over fifth-placed Sevilla, they are now certain of their first appearance in Europe's premier club competition since the 1996/97 edition. Diego Forlán got the game's only goal at the Estadio Vicente Calderón on the stroke of half-time. Sevilla, meanwhile, won 2-0 with goals from Luis Fabiano (33) and Federico Fazio six minutes after the break.

Barça collapse
Fourth-placed Atlético are now level on points with FC Barcelona after the Catalan side threw away a two-goal lead at the Camp Nou to lose 3-2 against RCD Mallorca. Thierry Henry gave the home side a 16th-minute lead and Samuel Eto'o doubled that advantage eleven minutes after half-time. However, goals from Borja Valero and Pierre Webo drew the visitors level and Daniel Güiza gave the islanders the three points in the last minute.

Relegation battle
Towards the bottom of the table wins for RC Recreativo de Huelva at UD Almería (2-0) and CA Osasuna over Real Murcia CF (2-1) mean that Real Zaragoza go into the season's final set of fixtures in the bottom three after a 2-2 home draw with champions Real Madrid CF. The home side took a 19th-minute lead through Ricardo Oliveira after a flowing move but Madrid hit back through Ruud van Nistelrooy eight minutes later before taking a late lead courtesy of Robinho (77). Zaragoza rescued a deserved point, though, after Sergio Fernández struck with four minutes remaining.

Villa treble
Elsewhere, Valencia CF ensured they would be playing Primera División football next year with a 5-1 win at Levante UD, David Villa scoring a hat-trick. Second-placed Villarreal CF defeated RCD Espanyol 2-0 while there were goalless draws between Real Valladolid CF and Getafe CF and Athletic Club Bilbao and Real Racing Club Santander.

Last updated: 09/12/17 5.24CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2007/08

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 09/12/2017 05:24 CET

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AthleticAthletic17:00BetisBetis
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AtléticoAtlético17:00EspanyolEspanyol
Venue: Madrid

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BarcelonaBarcelona17:00Real MadridReal Madrid
Venue: Barcelona

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CeltaCelta17:00DeportivoDeportivo
Venue: Pontevedra

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GironaGirona17:00EibarEibar
Venue: Girona

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Las PalmasLas Palmas17:00GetafeGetafe
Venue: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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LeganésLeganés17:00LevanteLevante
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MálagaMálaga17:00AlavésAlavés
Venue: Malaga

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SevillaSevilla17:00Real SociedadReal Sociedad
Venue: Sevilla

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VillarrealVillarreal17:00ValenciaValencia
Venue: Castellon

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