Madrid lose to Sevilla, Osasuna finish fourth

Madrid, May 17:

Zinedine Zidane scored in his final game for Real Madrid on Tuesday, consolation in a season-ending 4-3 loss to Sevilla.

Madrid conceded all four goals to the newly crowned UEFA Cup champion in a 17-minute spell before halftime after David Beckham had given Real a 2-0 lead. Zidane, who is to retire after the World Cup, reduced the deficit in the 72nd. Despite the loss, Real Madrid still finished in second place after Valencia failed to capitalise, ended a point behind in third after a 2-1 defeat at Osasuna in Tuesday’s other game.

Valencia’s loss means the 2002 and 2004 league champion must enter the European Champions League’s preliminary stage next season. Osasuna’s victory secured fourth place and a debut in Europe’s top club competition, ending Sevilla fifth and returning it to the UEFA Cup next season.Barcelona, which won the league title on May 3, has 82 points from 37 games, while Madrid finished with 70 and Valencia 69. Osasuna and Sevilla ended with 68 but Osasuna finished higher due to head-to-head results.

The league season concludes on Friday when Barcelona visits Athletic Bilbao, two days after it faces Arsenal in the Champions League final.