|Date: 14/05/2012 Time: 12:43:00 AM
Real Madrid rose to achieve the milestone of 100
points in a season as outgoing coach Pep Guardiola failed to win his last La
Liga match in charge of Barcelona FC and Villareal were condemned to
relegation for the first time in 11 years.
The Madrid side had already secured the Spanish league title earlier this
month, but a 4-1 win over Mallorca broke the record of most points secured in
a season set by former champions, Barcelona.
Earlier on Saturday, the Catalans ended their campaign with a 2-2 draw at
Real Betis, in a match which marked the frustration of the guests as Dani
Alves saw his marching orders after seeing yellow twice.
Despite losing the title to his side's arch-rivals, trophy-laden coach,
Guardiola will have one more crack at winning a trophy, when his side meet
Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey a week on Friday.
Meanwhile, last season's fourth-placed club, Villareal, saw a shock
relegation with a 0-1 home defeat to Atletico Madrid.
El Submarino Amarillo, who have not climbed down to the Segunda Division
for 11 years saw their former position assumed by the new force of Malaga, who
will receive automatic qualification to next year's Champions' League for the
first time in their history.
A loss for third-placed side Valencia at Real Sociedad, 1-0, did little to
alter their standings, with the side also progressing to the European clash of