Founded in 1940, the Basque Country side beat Alaves 1-0 at home on Sunday night and, with two games of the season remaining, are now guaranteed to finish in the top two automatic promotion berths.

However, the club from the small town situated midway between San Sebastian and Bilbao, who have the smallest average gates in the second tier, do not currently meet the complicated financial rules governing teams in the top two divisions.

Eibar need to raise around 1.7 million euros ($2.3m) if they are to be allowed to come up against the likes of Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid next season.

Meanwhile, second-placed Deportivo La Coruna missed the chance to seal an immediate return to the top flight after losing 2-1 at Numancia.