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Crucial La Liga title deciders moved to avoid clash with Eurovision song contest


La Liga have moved their final round of games to prevent a clash with the Eurovision song contest this weekend.

The last weekend of the season will see one of the Madrid sides crowned champions, but alterations continue to be made.

Atletico Madrid, who visit Real Valladolid, sit top and have a two-point advantage over Real Madrid who host Villarreal.

Spanish chiefs have moved kick-off times three times during the space of 12 hours.

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The majority of games have now been moved and will take place on Saturday at 5pm, 6pm in Spain, rather than the Sunday

The Song Contest, which attracts around 200m viewers worldwide, gets underway three hours later at 8pm – or 9pm Spanish time.

Diego Simeone is eyeing a second La Liga success with Atletico Madrid
Diego Simeone is eyeing a second La Liga success with Atletico Madrid

The fixture change was also partly motivated by outrage from Villarreal who took issue with their lack of preparation time for the Europa League Final.

They wanted more than three days to prepare for their showpiece clash with Manchester United in Gdansk.

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“The explanation is that [Saturday night] coincides with Eurovision,” the club’s chief executive Fernando Roig Negueroles Cadena COPE.

“There’s a lack of respect to Villarreal and what we’re playing for. This is a Spanish team representing La Liga in Europe.”

Some of the 10 games will have no bearing on the title, European spots or relegation.

Real Madrid need to try and topple their rivals, who needed a late goal to stay top at the weekend
Real Madrid need to try and topple their rivals, who needed a late goal to stay top at the weekend

As a result Levante play Cadiz on Friday night.

Seven of the games will kick-off alongside each other on Saturday at 5pm.

The remaining two games will take place on Sunday at 5.30pm and 8pm respectively.

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Atletico kept hold of top spot at the weekend thanks to a late Luis Suarez goal against Osasuna.

Diego Simeone is targeting his second La Liga triumph following the club’s title success in 2014.





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