La Liga Table 2013 Week 19: Updated Standings Following Matchday 18

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 4, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21: Arda Turan of Atletico de Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Levante UD at Vicente Calderon Stadium on December 21, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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With another weekend underway, the latest La Liga table features a few interesting moves heading into Week 19.

The top three teams in the league continue to dominate the rest of the competition. Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid continue to dominate their opponents, as it now is becoming a race to see which team will have the No. 1 spot by the end of the season.  

Below is a look at the latest La Liga table as games are played, followed by a recap of some of the matches from Matchday 18.

 

La Liga Scores
Score
Malaga0-1Atletico Madrid
Real Valladolid0-0Real Betis
Valencia2-0Levante
Almeria3-0Granada
Sevilla FC3-0Getafe
Barcelona4-0Elche
Osasuna1-0Espanyol
Real Sociedad2-0Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid3-0Celta Vigo
Rayo Vallecano0-3Villarreal

 

La Liga Table
RankTeamGPWDLGDPts
1Barcelona1816114149
2Atletico Madrid1816113649
3Real Madrid1814223144
4Athletic Bilbao181035333
5Real Sociedad189541232
6Villarreal189451331
7Sevilla FC18855629
8Valencia18729-423
9Getafe18729-1023
10Espanyol18648-222
11Malaga18558-420
12Levante18558-1020
13Granada186210-1020
14Almeria18549-1219
15Osasuna185310-1318
16Elche18459-1117
17Real Valladolid18378-816
18Celta Vigo184410-616
19Rayo Vallecano184113-2813
20Real Betis182511-2111

 

Top Scores

Malaga 0-1 Atletico Madrid

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11:  Koke of Atletico de Madrid looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group G match at Vicente Calderon Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

As one of the big three teams in La Liga, expectations were pretty high for Atletico Madrid heading into their game against Malaga. Instead, they got a bit of a scare, although they were able to still pull out the win.

Diego Costa, the top goalscorer in the league, was unable to make an impact in the game, with Malaga shutting him down quite effectively throughout the match. Atletico Madrid couldn't get anything to go in the first half, but they were finally able to grab a goal in the 70th minute, thanks to a nice strike by Koke.

While Malaga had 12 total shots compared to Atletico's nine, the home team only had three shots on goal, compared to their opponent's six. It was an ugly game overall with nine total yellow cards, but Atletico Madrid was able to get the win.

Even though it wasn't pretty, the win helped Atletico Madrid move into the top spot in the latest La Liga table. They will now wait to see if Barcelona can win their game on January 5, but if not, then they will be on top of the league, at least for now.

 

Almeria 3-0 Granada

ALMERIA, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 23: Francisco Roman Alarcon alias Isco (L) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Jose Antonio Garcia Rabasco, alias Verza (R) of Almeria UD during the La Liga match between UD Almeria and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Los J
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As one of the teams near the relegation zone, Almeria needed a win to put some distance between themselves and the bottom of the league. They were able to do just that, thanks to a rather dominant win over Granada.

Sebastian Dubarbier was able to get things off to a nice start early to put Almeria up 1-0 just 14 minutes into the game. Just 14 minutes later, Verza scored on a penalty kick, and the score stayed at 2-0 entering half-time.  

But Almeria wasn't done there. In the 79th minute, Alexis Vidal Parreu found the back of the net as well, and the game ended in a dominant 3-0 win for his team. For now, Almeria are able to move to No. 14 with 19 points, putting them in a better position to avoid relegation. For Granada, they stay at No. 12 and are still trying to move into the top half of the league.