La Liga Table 2014 Week 25: Updated Standings Following Matchday 24

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 14, 2014

FC Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez, from Chile, reacts after scoring against Elche during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Jan 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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The top of the La Liga is not any clearer after Matchday 24.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid all picked up a full three points this week and sit with 60 points on the league year.

Barcelona extended their advantage based on goal differential by earning a blowout 6-0 win over Rayo Vallecano on Saturday. On the same day, Atletico Madrid beat Real Valladolid, 3-0. 

On Sunday, Real Madrid comfortably took down Getafe, 3-0.  That allowed Real to hold onto a one-goal advantage over Atletico. With a plus-44 mark, however, they trail Barcelona by eight goals.

Let's take a look at the current La Liga table, as well as fixtures and results from the weekend action.

2014 La Liga Table (as of Feb. 15)
2Real Madrid2419324460
3Atletico Madrid2419324360
4Athletic Bilbao2413561344
6Real Sociedad241176940
11Celta Vigo248511-429
19Rayo Vallecano246216-3320
20Real Betis243516-3314
La Liga Matchday 24 Results
Feb. 14Elche0-0Osasuna
Feb. 15Atletico Madrid3-0Real Valladolid
Feb. 15Levante1-0Almeria
Feb. 15Barcelona6-0Rayo Vallecano
Feb. 15Villarreal0-2Celta Vigo
Feb. 16Granada1-0Real Betis
Feb. 16Getafe0-3Real Madrid
Feb. 16Athletic Bilbao1-2Espanyol
Feb. 16Sevilla FC0-0Valencia
Feb. 17Malaga-Real Sociedad


Barcelona 6 - 0 Rayo Vallecano

Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

Barcelona have a thrilling upcoming matchup in the Champions League round of 16 to worry about on Tuesday, as they face Manchester City. But they didn't show any signs of looking ahead, as La Blaugrana exploded for an offensive domination in a 6-0 win over Rayo Vallecano. 

Adriano got the scoring off quickly in the second minute, but Barcelona didn't strike again until minute 36 when Lionel Messi broke through to give them a 2-0 lead. 

Three goals quickly after halftime and a get-your-feet-wet goal for Neymar in the 89th minute were the final touches on what turned into one of the most dominating final stat lines Barcelona have constructed in quite some time. 

But despite their domination, Barcelona actually didn't have as much of a possession advantage as you'd expect. While they typically dominate over 60 percent and even more in games that they pour on this many goals, Barcelona only held a 59-41 possession advantage Saturday.

Atletico Madrid also won Saturday in a 3-0 victory over Real Valladolid, so as long as Real Madrid can beat Getafe on the road Sunday, the three-way tie will continue through the weekend. 


Elche 0 - 0 Osasuna

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 05:  Neymar of FC Barcelona is brought down by Sergio Mantecon of Elche FC during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Elche FC at Camp Nou on January 5, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Matchday 24 started off with a lone match on Friday as Elche and Osasuna fought to a scoreless draw in Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche, Spain.

The two sides battled back and forth through a defensive battle, while the home team saw a slight disadvantage in possession, trailing 44-56. Osasuna also had an advantage in shots on goal, firing off three to Elche's two. 

The match wasn't short on questionable plays, with each club racking up three yellow cards to combine for six in the 90-minute affair. But despite the efforts of each team, they only came away with a point to show.

Elche and Osasuna could have distanced themselves in the table if one had notched a win, but with the draw, both will remain tied with Celta Vigo for 11th place in La Liga.