La Liga Table 2014 Week 38: Updated Standings Following Final Matchday

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2014

Atletico's Diego Costa, centre challenges for the ball with Barcelona's Daniel Alves, top left during a first leg quarterfinal Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Atletico Madrid went into Nou Camp on Saturday and earned a draw with Barcelona. This result was enough to hand Atletico Madrid their first Primera Division title since 1996. 

Meanwhile, the five teams facing the drop will square off Sunday. Have a look at the table after Atletico's epic title. 


La Liga Table
1Atletico Madrid38286477265190
3Real Madrid382765104386687
4Athletic Bilbao382010866392770
7Real Sociedad381611116255759
9Celta Vigo38147174954-549
12Rayo Vallecano38134214680-3443
20Real Betis3867253678-4225

Malaga and Levante were given the honour of kicking off La Liga's much-anticipated final matchday, but the two teams failed to excite fans on Friday night, with hosts Malaga scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win, as shared by Fox Sports News:

Francisco Portillo reacted quickest to a ball on the edge of the box late in the second half, and with stopper Keylor Navas off his line, he fired a shot through a pack of defenders that would find the back of the net.

Levante should have had an equaliser just minutes later when David Navarro headed home from close range, but the official decided to cancel the goal for a very light foul near the penalty spot.

The visitors would end the match down a man when Pape Diop was given his second yellow card of the night with 10 minutes left to play.

Fans were treated to two teams that had nothing left to play for, lacking any sort of fire or drive early in the match. Little changed after half-time, until Portillo finally broke the deadlock, aided by Navas' curious decision to wander that far off his line.

Malaga would push for a second goal following the dismissal of Diop, and both Portillo and Nordin Amrabat would come close in the dying stages, much to the chagrin of fans demanding more goals.

Those fans couldn't believe what they were seeing when Jose Manuel Casado was allowed to line up for a penalty kick late in the match, only to fire the ball into row Z.

Martin Meissner/Associated Press

The result has little bearing on the league table, as both teams were already eliminated from contention for a European ticket coming into Week 38.

Levante will finish the season just below the top seven and can look back on a successful campaign, as underlined by club president Francisco Catalan, via Inside Spanish Football:

Levante is a club with huge potential and could be a point of reference for others. That’s the path this club is on and can achieve, if things are maintained the way they’re going.

We can say that we’ve paid €200,000 for our biggest transfer and people think we’re lying. Without any doubts, nobody can beat us, not Real Madrid, not Barcelona, when it comes to the human aspect of things. In that, we’re leaders, champions of champions.

Malaga will want to improve on their point total of 45, just nine more than relegation-threatened Granada, who will play on Sunday.

Sunday's slate of midday matches will determine which two teams will join Real Betis in the Segunda Division next season, with a host of relegation scenarios still possible thanks to Spain's usage of head-to-head tiebreakers as opposed to goal difference.

For a full breakdown of every possible scenario and what every team needs to do to avoid the drop, you can visit our article on the subject here.


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