LaLiga top scorer race: Dovbyk to pip Sørloth with 24 goals

Girona forward Artem Dovbyk is set to finish as LaLiga top scorer with 24 goals after his main challenger fell one goal short of his mark.

Villarreal striker Alexander Sørloth has 23 and had a chance to equal Dovbyk during his team’s final game when they visited Osasuna on Saturday. But the Norway striker appeared to suffer a leg injury early and had to be substituted without scoring.

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Dovbyk was two goals behind Sørloth in the goals race until he bagged a hat trick to fuel a 7-0 rout of Granada on Friday.

Dovbyk’s next closest threat is Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham, who has 19 goals before the league champions play Real Betis later on Saturday. Robert Lewandowski has scored 18 before Barcelona visit Sevilla on Sunday in Xavi Hernández’s last game in charge.

Dovbyk joined Girona last summer from Ukrainian club SC Dnipro-1 and helped transform the small club into a European sensation this season. The Catalan club, who are partly owned by Manchester City‘s Adu Dhabi ownership, qualified for the Champions League for the first time with a third-place finish.

Villarreal drew at Osasuna 1-1 after Sørloth’s replacement, José Luis Morales, scored a second-half equalizer.

Osasuna striker Ante Budimir netted his first goal since recovering from fractured ribs to give the hosts a first-half lead. He finished the league with 17 goals.

Villarreal finished the league in eighth place, just missing out on a Europa Conference League berth.

Villarreal will likely conclude the campaign with the league’s top assist-maker. Midfielder Álex Baena made it 14 assists by setting up Morales. Villarreal said that tied a club record set by Juan Riquelme.

The game also saw the farewell of coach Jagoba Arrasate after six years at Osasuna. Arrasate announced in March that he turned down the offer of a contract extension, saying he needed a fresh start.

Arrasate signed with Osasuna in 2018 when there were in the second division and immediately helped them return to the top flight before reaching the Copa del Rey final in 2023.