La Liga Table 2014 Week 27: Updated Standings Following Matchday 26

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - OCTOBER 30:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on October 30, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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With the La Liga title race heating up, Matchday 26 promises to feature plenty of thrilling action across Spain.

League leaders Real Madrid will welcome back reigning FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo following a three-game suspension. But despite Ronaldo's long-awaited return and Los Blancos' incredible unbeaten streak, they'll have zero room for error as a loss to crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon would drop them into a tie atop the table just one week after they took over the top spot. 

Fortunately for Real fans, Ronaldo is coming off a two-goal performance against Schalke in the Champions League on Wednesday and is expecting to bring his A-game on Sunday, per Spanish newspaper Marca

"I'm happy to be back and to be helping the team. I was frustrated about not playing, I didn't deserve the punishment...We are very motivated. We are Real Madrid and we are going to try to win."

Meanwhile, defending Spanish champions Barcelona will look to bounce back from a stunning loss last weekend to beat Almeria and close the gap on Real. Lionel Messi added to his goal count, but Barca watched helplessly as Real Sociedad turned in a shocking 3-1 upset victory.

With Week 26 underway, let's take a closer look at the updated La Liga standings. 

2014 La Liga Table
1Real Madrid2620424764
3Atletico Madrid2619434061
4Athletic Bilbao2615561950
6Real Sociedad2612771043
11Celta Vigo268612-530
19Rayo Vallecano267217-3323
20Real Betis263617-3515


Friday's Results

Athletic Bilbao 4 - 0 Granada

BILBAO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 16:  Aritz Aduriz of Athletic Club kicks the ball during the La Liga match between Athletic Club and RC Celta de Vigo at San Mames Stadium on September 16, 2013 in Bilbao, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
David Ramos/Getty Images

Athletic Bilbao took another huge step towards finishing among the top four and earning a Champions League berth at season's end on Friday, topping Granada 4-0 to pick up three more points. 

Powered by a hat-trick from Aritz Aduriz, Bilbao had all the answers for Granada, who were forced to play the final 20 minutes with only 10 men after Diego Mainz drew a straight red for an ill-advised tackle in the penalty area. 

Aduriz would score his third goal on the ensuing penalty to give Los Leones a 3-0 advantage.

Carlos Gurpegi's 80th-minute goal would provide the icing on the cake for Bilbao, who now boast 10 home victories in La Liga this season. 

Unsurprisingly, Aduriz would come away with Man of the Match honors. His three goals give him nine total in league play in 2013-14. 


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