MADRID – Las Palmas had their relegation from La Liga confirmed on Sunday following an emphatic 4-0 defeat at home to Alaves.
The club from Gran Canaria needed a win to keep alive their slim hopes of staying in Spain’s top-flight for a fourth straight season.
However, they suffered a fifth successive defeat in front of a sparse crowd on a wet Sunday in the Canary Islands, with Barcelona loanee Munir El Haddadi’s second-half brace having Alaves in control, before Alvaro Medran and Ruben Sobrino added late goals.
The appointment of Paco Jemez as coach midway through the season failed to improve the fortunes of the struggling side, who have now gone 12 games without a win.
Las Palmas have 21 points from 34 games and are 13 short of Levante in 17th, with only four matches left to play.
Alaves’ triumph confirms their safety, sitting 13th with 41 points from 34 games, an impressive feat masterminded by Abelardo Fernandez, who took over in December with the Basque side bottom of the table.
Las Palmas are the second team to be relegated from La Liga after bottom club Malaga’s fate was sealed in midweek.