Osasuna, Valladolid relegated from Spanish league

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 18, 2014 at 4:35 pm •  Published: May 18, 2014
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Osasuna and Valladolid were relegated on the final day of the Spanish league season on Sunday and will join the already doomed Real Betis in the second division next season.

Osasuna's 2-1 win at home over Betis was overshadowed by a railing collapse that left dozens of fans injured, and counted for little when Granada won 1-0 at Valladolid, Getafe beat Rayo Vallecano 2-1 and Almeria drew 0-0 with visiting Athletic Bilbao.

Play was delayed for more than half an hour at Osasuna's Sadar Stadium when a railing collapsed following Oriol Riera's 12th-minute goal, sending fans tumbling forward. The club said that a total of 68 people were hurt and that one man suffered a broken leg.

The other three matches with relegation implications were then delayed an extra 35 minutes during halftime to synchronize their estimated finishing times.

Before the games to determine relegation were over, the party in the Spanish capital had already begun with Atletico Madrid celebrating its league title with thousands of fans.

Osasuna hasn't played in the second division since 2000. Valladolid has spent the last two seasons in the top flight.

"In football, when you think you have wrapped it up, you are put in your place," Riera said. "We reacted, but it was too late. We ask our fans for forgiveness and tell them we will do our best to come back up."

Osasuna and Valladolid entered the final round in the drop zone, both needing to win their matches and hope the other three teams in danger slipped up.

Osasuna did its part by beating Betis from Riera's opener and Carlos Acuna's goal in the 14th right after play was restarted. Betis' Francisco Chica pulled one back with a long strike in the 70th.

But Valladolid self-destructed in a direct matchup with Granada, one of the trio of teams along with Getafe and Almeria still in danger.

Valladolid disappointed its fans at Jose Zorilla Stadium with a paltry performance that reached its low point when defender Stefan Mitrovic scored an own goal in the 44th minute by knocking in Francisco "Piti" Medina's cross.

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