La Liga Table 2014 Week 20: Updated Standings Following Matchday 19

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2014

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 28:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona duels for the ball with Koke Resurreccion of Atletico de Madrid during the Spanish Super Cup second leg match between FC Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid at Nou Camp on August 28, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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La Liga Matchday 19 featured several key showdowns, but failed to produce any stunning results as the top clubs cruised for the most part.

The big story this week was the matchup between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, two clubs that have been neck and neck on top of the league table all season. This battle was supposed to show fans which side would have the advantage, but a 0-0 draw proved that these were two evenly matched teams.

Meanwhile, plenty of other matches made an impact on the table as the squads concluded the first half of the season.

With that in mind, here's a look at the latest standings along with a list of fixtures for the week.

La Liga Table (as of Jan. 11)
2Atletico Madrid1916213650
3Real Madrid1915223247
4Athletic Bilbao191135836
6Real Sociedad19954832
7Sevilla FC19865630
15Celta Vigo195410-819
18Real Valladolid19379-1216
19Rayo Vallecano195113-2616
20Real Betis192512-2211
La Liga Fixtures
DateHomeScore/Time (ET)Away
Jan. 10Granada4-0Real Valladolid
Jan. 11Athletic Bilbao6-1Almeria
Jan. 11Celta Vigo2-1Valencia
Jan. 11Athletico Madird0-0Barcelona
Jan. 11Elche1-1Sevilla FC
Jan. 12Getafe0-1Rayo Vallecano
Jan. 12Real Betis1-2Osasuna
Jan. 12Espanyol0-1Real Madrid
Jan. 12Levante1-0Malaga
Jan. 13Villareal5-1Real Sociedad


Granada got the week off to a good start with a strong performance in a 4-0 win over Real Valladolid. 

Although Recio scored two goals in the effort, the one shot by Jeison Murillo overshadowed both. He volleyed a ball to himself and then used a bicycle kick to send it to the back of the net.

The win helped Granada rise significantly in the table, something that they hope will keep happening in future weeks. 

This match was a preview of the exciting play still to come over the weekend. Athletico Madrid and Barcelona competed in their first of two league matches during the season, with the second battle coming on the final day of action.

These were two of the higher-scoring clubs in the league, but the defenses shined in this one as the match ended 0-0. This result prevented either team from getting a mental edge or an actual advantage in the standings heading into the second half of the year. 

Of course, this allowed Real Madrid to make up ground on both clubs after two points were left on the table. Los Blancos topped Espanyol 1-0 on a 55th-minute strike from Pepe to pull within three points of the league leaders.

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 09: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF looks on during the Copa del Rey Round of 8 first match between Real Madrid and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on January 9, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/G
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Additionally, the race for a spot in one of next season's European tournaments is heating up at the halfway mark of the year. Villareal crushed Real Sociedad 5-1 on Monday to take over fifth place in the table and move within two points of a Champions League qualifying spot.

Week 19 is officially in the books, but the results could end up sticking with each club for the remainder of the season.


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