Girona promoted to La Liga for first time after stalemate with Real Zaragoza

Richy in action for Girona against Manchester City in pre-season
Image: Richy, pictured, was part of the squad promoted to La Liga

Girona will play in the Spanish top flight for the first time next season after a mutually beneficial 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza sealed their promotion on Sunday.

The Catalan side needed just a point to be assured of glamour ties against newly-crowned European giants Real Madrid and neighbours Barcelona next season.

And, with a draw also good enough to secure Zaragoza survival, both settled for the stalemate.

Levante have already secured their return to La Liga, cantering to the Segunda Division title by 14 points from Girona.

The final spots in the promotion play-offs - currently occupied by Getafe, Cadiz, Tenerife, Huesca - will be decided in the final round of fixtures next weekend.

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Once decided, the four teams must navigate a two-legged semi-final to reach the promotion final, where they will fight for the right to join Levante and Girona in replacing relegated Sporting Gijon, Osasuna, Granada in the top flight.

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