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Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw by Getafe in La Liga on Thursday, putting the Los Blancos in danger of finishing outside of the top two in consecutive seasons for the first time in 45 years.

The draw also dropped Real Madrid six points behind neighbours and second-placed Atletico Madrid, which edged past Valencia 3-2 on Wednesday to keep alive its slim hopes of catching Barcelona at the top, which seems highly unlikely as the league leaders are a win away from clinching the title.

Barcelona will win it’s second consecutive title and eighth in 11 seasons with a home win against Levante who are facing a relegation battle on Saturday.

The Los Blancos has four games left to try to surpass Atletico and avoid staying at third in the league. Real hasn’t finished outside the top two in consecutive seasons since 1973-74 and Zidane will hope to keep it that way.

Real Madrid is yet to win an away match since the Frenchman took charge once again as coach, with a loss against Valencia and draws against Leganes and Getafe. However, Real have thrived at home so far as they have won all four matches at home.

“We deserved more, we had chances to score,” Zidane said. “I’m upset with the result.”

However, more suprising than the draw is that Getafe are now on the fourth position on the La Liga table and might have a chance to qualify for the UEFA Champions League if they are able to fend off Sevilla who are level on points and Valencia who are three point behind.

Sevilla thrashed bottom ranked Rayo Vallecano 5-0 to stay in contention for the final spot as well, while Valencia were beaten by Atletico. If the latter team doesn’t make it into the top four, they have another chance as they are in the semifinals of the Europa League. But they do face English competitors Arsenal.