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MADRID, Spain, May 23Barcelona finished 13 points behind La Liga champions Real Madrid after ending their eventful season with a whimper on Sunday by losing 2-0 at home to Villarreal.

Atletico Madrid secured third place with a 2-1 away win against Real Sociedad, maintaining their one-point lead over Sevilla, who won 1-0 at home to Athletic Bilbao.

Athletic’s loss, combined with Villarreal’s excellent win at the Camp Nou, means Villarreal beat Athletic to seventh place and qualify for the Europa Conference League.

Villarreal’s season was brightened by their sensational run to the Champions League semi-finals, but Unai Emery’s side suffered from inconsistency against inferior La Liga sides and will be demoted to European competition from third tier next season.

Athletic finish eighth while Real Sociedad retain sixth and Europa League qualification, despite losing at home to Atletico Madrid.

At the other end of the table, Granada join Alaves and Levante in being relegated.

Granada were held to a goalless draw by Espanyol, allowing Cadiz, who won 1-0 away at Alaves, to survive. Mallorca also resisted by beating Osasuna 2-0.

Barca already had second place and a place in the top four, but Xavi Hernandez will be concerned as the summer approaches with his side disappearing.

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“We are a bit sad with today’s result,” Dani Alves told Barca TV. “We have to reflect, change our mentality next season and put more effort on the pitch because we represent this great club and we cannot reach the end of the season again without competing for anything.”

Villarreal’s loss means Barcelona have lost four of their last nine games in all competitions while Real Madrid have won La Liga at a gallop.

After being named in November, the team being ninth, Xavi revived the team and achieved the most important goal of qualifying for the Champions League.

But going to Frankfurt in the Europa League semi-finals and Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey was disappointing while the stall during the run-in suggests there is still a lot of work to be done.

Villarreal’s two goals came either side of half-time as Alfonso Pedraza scored in the 41st minute after latching on to a through ball from Dani Parejo before Moi Gomez made it two at the 55th.

Adama Traore was at fault, his attempt to clear through his own box falling directly on Gomez, who fired, with Traore substituted immediately afterwards.

Atletico’s win over Real Sociedad came after Rodrigo de Paul and Angel Correa scored in the second half before Jon Guridi grabbed a consolation for the hosts late on.

Rafa Mir’s clever finish inside the post in the 68th minute was enough for Sevilla to defeat Athletic Bilbao at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Cadiz started the day a point behind Granada and Mallorca as all three clubs pulled out to avoid the final relegation spot, with Alaves and Levante already down.

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Anthony Lozano proved the hero, his finish securing victory at Alaves for Cadiz, while Granada were in a home stalemate against Espanyol.

Jorge Molina had the best chance of winning it for Granada but sent his penalty excruciatingly wide of the post in the 72nd minute, before Cadiz took the lead from Mendizorrotza in the 76th.

At that time, Mallorca were already sidelined at Osasuna after Angel Rodriguez put them in front. Clement Grenier added another as Mallorca won 2-0 at El Sadar to avoid the drop.