La Liga Table 2014 Week 30: Updated Standings Following Matchday 29

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2014

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, right celebrates next to Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring his team's 2nd goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday March 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul White)
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While the La Liga season is 38 matches long, there might not have been a bigger weekend than Matchday 29.

Real Madrid and Barcelona renewed their rivalries once again in El Clasico, and Barcelona were able to save their season with a 4-3 road win.

This allowed the club to make up three points to pull right behind Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the league table. Atletico reached 70 points this week with an easy win over Real Betis, moving into a tie for first place. 

Here is a look at the updated table as well as a breakdown of Week 29.

La Liga Table (As of March 23)
Pos.TeamPWDLGDPts
1Atletico Madrid2922434570
2Real Madrid2922435070
3FC Barcelona2922346069
4Athletic Bilbao2916762055
5Sevilla291388947
6Real Sociedad291379946
7Villarreal29136101345
8Valencia2911612139
9Espanyol2910712-237
10Levante2991010-937
11Granada2910415-1134
12Celta de Vigo299614-833
13Malaga CF298813-832
14Elche CF297913-1730
15Rayo Vallecano299317-3030
16Almeria298516-2429
17Osasuna298516-2529
18Getafe CF297715-2028
19Real Valladolid2951212-1827
20Real Betis294718-3519
via ESPN FC
Matchday 29 Fixtures
DateHomeScore/Time (ET)Away
March 21Celta Vigo0-2Malaga
March 22Granada1-0Elche
March 22Espanyol0-0Levante
March 22Real Valladolid1-1Real Vallecano
March 22Athletic Bilbao1-0Getafe
March 23Osasuna1-2Sevilla
March 23Real Betis0-2Atletico Madrid
March 23Valencia2-1Villarreal
March 23Real Madrid3-4Barcelona
March 24Almeria4-3Real Sociedad
via ESPN FC

 

Malaga got things started with a 2-0 win on Friday thanks to a brace by Ignacio Camacho. Celta Vigo had possession for almost two-thirds of the match, but they could not get quality looks inside of the box.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Camacho took advantage of his opportunities to almost double his season output after scoring three goals in his first 25 league matches this year.

MALAGA, SPAIN - MARCH 13: (L-R) Ignacio Camacho, goalkeeper Willy Caballero, Martin Demichelis and Lucas Piazon of Malaga CF celebrate at the end of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between Malaga CF and FC Porto at La Rosaleda Stadi
Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

On Saturday, Athletic Bilbao earned an important win over Getafe thanks to a goal by Markel Susaeta. Every win at this point of the year gives the squad a better chance to hold onto fourth place at season's end.

Meanwhile Real Valladolid could only manage a draw as they still sit in the relegation zone.

In Sunday's early matches, Atletico Madrid got its necessary win over Real Betis. Diego Costa scored in a matchup that was almost unfair for the home team:

Still, all eyes were on the battle between Real Madrid and Barcelona. Barca earned a 2-1 victory when these squads played earlier in the year at Camp Nou, but the home team was not able to get revenge this time around.

Two Karim Benzema goals helped Real Madrid earn a 2-2 draw at halftime, which became a 3-2 lead when Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a penalty.

However, that did not last long as a Sergio Ramos red card changed the match. Some Real Madrid fans might argue, but Tancredi Palmeri of beIN Sport explained that it was the right call:

Lionel Messi equalised with the penalty and then completed a hat trick later in the match to secure a 4-3 victory for Barcelona. BBC Sport points out the importance of the win:

Pedro explained to Barca TV before the match that a loss is unacceptable (via Dermot Corrigan of ESPN):

It would make it tough to pull ourselves back into the title race. But we are coming into the game in a good moment of form and we know it’s all to play for there. We all want to put in a great performance and keep our Treble hopes alive.

The team is focused, united and clear about what we have to do. In the big games, the team have played really well and at a high level.

Fortunately, his side was able to get the necessary three points to create an exciting three-way race down the stretch.

Matchday 29 concluded on Monday with Almeria topping Real Sociedad 4-3 on the strength of Hicham Khaloua's go-ahead goal in injury time.

Interestingly, things pick up right away on Tuesday with the next set of matches, so each squad will have to make sure they leave something left in the tank. Otherwise, the great effort from this week will be wasted with poor efforts going forward.

 

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