Racing Santander became the first team in the Spanish Primera Division to be relegated after a 3-0 defeat to Real Sociedad on Saturday. Racing went into the game knowing that a win no matter how how vital, would not keep them from escaping the relegation axe.
After 34 matches, Racing were at the bottom of the league standings having only garnered 26 points. However, their relegation comes as no surprise as they have struggled throughout the season going through 3 coaches whilst also having their ownership come under sharp scrutiny after accusations of improper dealings involving their president Ahsan Ali Syed.
Racing’s relegation was also not good news for the Cantabria region as they had been the regions longest serving representatives in La Liga since 2002. Speaking after the match, Racing coach Alvaro Cervera said that the loss had left his team emotionally destroyed.
“It’s understandable that everyone is emotionally destroyed,” he said.
“Now we have to do our best to represent an institution that has been around for 99 years and that deserves our maximum respect (in the remaining games).”
In other fixtures Saturday, Sporting Gijon moved into 17th place and boosted their chances of playing in the top flight next season after a 3-0 win at Espanyol moved them to within 4 points of Villarreal.
Madrid lead the table with 88 points 7 ahead of arch rivals Barcelona. The good news for Madrid is that they can wrap up their 32nd league title with a win tonight and end their season on a high.
Meanwhile, Barcelona will make the trip to the capital to face Rayo Vallecano in a match which they will want to win for departing coach Pep Guardiola. Guardiola who decided to quit the Blaugrana on Friday will still remain in charge of the Catalans until their last match on the 13th of May against Real Betis.
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