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David Villa gives Valencia farewell gift (SN)

SoccerNews in La Liga 18 May 2008


Spanish international David Villa scored twice, taking his season's tally to 18, in what could be his final appearance for Valencia as they defeated Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Sunday.

Villa, 26, is expected to make a big summer move after watching Valencia fight relegation rather than for a place in the Champions League but he gave the club a leaving present with two goals to help his team triumph on the last day of the season.

Valencia's veteran goalkeeper Santiago Canizares is also set to say goodbye after more than a decade at the club saying he is ready for retirement at the age of 38.

Atletico Madrid had already qualified for the Champions League going into the match at the Mestalla and it showed as they turned in an abject display.

Substitute Kun Aguero scored his 19th goal of the season but it was nothing more than a consolation.

Elsewhere Michael Laudrup said 'adios' to Getafe on Sunday after just one season at the club as his team drew 1-1 with Real Betis.

Laudrup guided Getafe to the Kings Cup final and the UEFA Cup quarter-final – where they were seconds from defeating Bayern Munich – but the Dane recently confirmed that he would be leaving.

Benfica and Sevilla have been mentioned as possible destinations but Laudrup refused to specify where he would be going.

After watching Bernd Schuster leave for Real Madrid last season Getafe must now search for their third coach in as many seasons.

The three key fixtures in the top-flight take place later on Sunday after Real Mallorca's waterlogged pitch forced the kick-offs to be delayed by an hour.

Mallorca's home match against Real Zaragoza at the Ono Estadi was deemed unplayable after torrential rainfall and two other fixtures were also moved as the Mallorca match has an impact on the relegation and UEFA Cup places.

Recreativo Huelva's home match against Valladolid and Racing Santander's game against Osasuna were also moved to 1800 GMT but will go ahead after rain eased off in Mallorca.

Recre, Osasuna, Zaragoza and Valladolid are fighting relegation while Mallorca are trying to wrestle the final UEFA Cup spot from Racing.

Later on Sunday champions Real Madrid will be presented with the league trophy in a glitzy celebration party at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real host relegated Levante who have decided to call off their strike in protest of unpaid wages and bonuses.


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