La Liga Table 2014: Updated Spanish Liga BBVA standings, results and recaps from Week 27 [VIDEO]
Week 27 is in the books for the Spanish Liga BBVA. A total of 10 matches helped reshape the league table, especially at the very top. Below are the weekend’s fixtures and the up-to-date table, complete with recaps and gifs of the best moments of Week 27.
|Celta Vigo||0-2||Atlético Madrid|
|Real Sociedad||2-3||Rayo Vallecano|
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1. Real Madrid: 67 points (24-2-4)
Real Madrid created some much-needed comfort atop the Spanish table. Despite the best efforts of Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Cristiano Ronaldo and company managed to capture a 3-0 victory in Madrid.
Up next: A trip to Malága on March 15.
2. Atlético Madrid: 64 points (20-3-4)
A David Villa brace allowed Aletico Madrid to leapfrog Barcelona into second with 64 points. The 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo should prove to be momentous enough for the club to carry into their bout with AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Up next: A visit from Espanyol on March 15.
3. Barcelona: 63 points (20-4-3)
Barcelona continues to struggle in 2014. A shocking 1-0 loss to Real Valladolid dropped the Catalan giants to third in the Spanish table for the first time this season.
Up next: A visit from Osasuna on March 16.
4. Athletic Bilbao: 51 points (15-6-6)
A second-half penalty from Aritz Aduriz was enough for Athletic Bilbao to escape Valencia with a result. The draw extended the club’s comfortable lead for the final Champions League spot to seven points.
Up next: A trip to Villarreal on March 17.
5. Villarreal: 44 points (13-5-9)
Villarreal’s quest for the final Champions League spot in Spain took a massive blow following a 2-0 loss to Granada. With just 44 points, even the automatic Europa League qualifying spot is in jeopardy.
Up next: A visit from Athletic Bilbao on March 17.
6. Real Sociedad: 43 points (12-8-7)
Real Sociedad blew an opportunity to leapfrog Villarreal in the quest for automatic European qualification. A stunning 3-2 loss to Rayo Vallecano at home left the club in sixth with 43 points.
Up next: A visit from Valencia on March 16.
7. Sevilla: 41 points (11-8-8)
Sevilla dominated their opposition on Sunday. Goals from Carlos Bacca, Daniel Carrico and Kevin Gameiro proved to be enough for the club to capture a 3-1 victory over Almeria.
Up next: A visit from Valladolid on March 16.
8. Valencia: 36 points (10-11-6)
Valencia were unable to hold on following Paco Alcacer’s goal in the first half and finished Week 27 with a 1-1 draw. A second-half penalty forced the club to drop an additional two points at home to Athletic Bilbao.
Up next: A trip to Real Sociedad on March 16.
9. Espanyol: 36 points (10-11-6)
An early opener from David López set the tone for Espanyol en route to a 3-1 victory over Elche. Diego Colotto and Pizzi would follow suit in the following 60 minutes to secure three points for the home side.
Up next: A trip to Atlético Madrid on March 15.
10. Levante: 36 points (9-9-9)
For the first time in weeks, Levante suffered defeat. Not even Keylor Navas’ eight saves were enough to escape a 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid.
Up next: A visit from Celta Vigo on March 15.
11. Celta Vigo: 30 points (8-13-6)
Despite owning 58 percent possession of the ball, Celta Vigo had very little to offer in Balaidos, Spain. Only two of the club’s nine attempts landed on target.
Up next: A trip to Levante on March 15.
12. Granada: 30 points (9-15-3)
A first-half penalty from Fran Rico in the 23rd minute was enough for Granada to capture three points against a visiting Villarreal. A goal from Youssef El Arabi just 10 minutes later, however, sealed the 2-0 victory.
Up next: A visit to Getafe on March 14.
13. Málaga: 29 points (7-12-8)
Despite losing Jesus Gamez to a red-card ejection, Malaga managed to hold on for a 2-0 victory over Osasuna. Goals from Samuel and Nordin Amrabat propelled the club to 29 points.
Up next: A visit from Real Madrid on March 15.
14. Elche: 29 points (7-12-8)
Elche managed very little in their 3-1 defeat to Espanyol. Even with 55 percent possession, the club only mustered three shots on goal. Even the club’s only strike was credited to an Espanyol player.
Up next: A visit from Real Betis on March 16.
15. Osasuna: 29 points (8-14-5)
The ball didn’t bounce in Osasuna’s favor in Week 27. Even with 63 percent possession and 19 attempts, the club fell to Málaga 2-0.
Up next: A visit from Lazio on March 16.
16. Getafe: 27 points (7-14-6)
Getafe took a frightening blow in Week 27. A 2-0 loss to a bottom-dwelling Betis side has the club just one point from safety in the battle to remain in Spain’s first division.
Up next: A visit from Granada on March 14.
17. Valladolid: 26 points (5-11-11)
A goal from Fausto Rossi did more than lift the spirits of the 22,000-plus in attendance last Saturday. It also lifted Real Valladolid temporarily out of the relegation zone.
Up next: A trip to Sevilla on March 16.
18. Almeria: 26 points (7-15-5)
Almeria dropped into the relegation zone following a 3-1 loss to visiting Sevilla. An all-important battle awaits the club in Week 28.
Up next: A trip to Rayo Vallecano on March 15.
19. Rayo Vallecano: 26 points (8-17-2)
Rayo Vallecona didn’t jump out of the cellar in Week 27. A 3-2 victory over Real Sociedad, however, edged them closer to safety.
Up next: A visit from Almeria on March 15.
20. Real Betis: 18 points (4-17-6)
Goals from Leo Baptistao and Rubén Castro allowed Real Betis to do something they haven’t been able to do often this season: win. With just four victories in 27 matches, however, relegation remains a harsh reality.
Up next: A trip to Elche on March 16.