La Liga Table 2016: Latest Standings Following Saturday's Week 18 Results

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La Liga Table 2016: Latest Standings Following Saturday's Week 18 Results
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Atletico Madrid capitalised on Barcelona dropping points as they beat Levante 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon to go top of La Liga on Saturday.

Earlier, Barcelona were held to a goalless draw in the Catalan derby with Espanyol.

In the late kick-off, Malaga beat Celta Vigo 2-0.

Here are all the results from Week 18 in Spain's top flight, complete with a the updated standings and a full roundup of the action:

La Liga Week 18 Results
Date Home Score Away
Saturday, Jan. 2 Espanyol 0-0 Barcelona
Saturday, Jan. 2 Atletico Madrid 1-0 Levante
Saturday, Jan. 2 Malaga 2-0 Celta Vigo
Sunday, Jan. 3 Rayo Vallecano TBD Real Sociedad
Sunday, Jan. 3 Real Betis TBD Eibar
Sunday, Jan. 3 Granada TBD Sevilla
Sunday, Jan. 3 Deportivo La Coruna TBD Villarreal
Sunday, Jan. 3 Athletic Bilbao TBD Las Palmas
Sunday, Jan. 3 Valencia TBD Real Madrid
Monday, Jan. 4 Sporting Gijon TBD Getafe

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Updated Standings
R Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 18 13 2 3 25 8 +17 41
2 Barcelona 17 12 3 2 40 15 +25 39
3 Real Madrid 17 11 3 3 45 16 +29 36
4 Villarreal 17 10 3 4 22 15 +7 33
5 Celta Vigo 18 9 4 5 28 25 +3 31
6 Athletic Club 17 8 3 6 25 18 +7 27
7 Deportivo La Coruna 17 6 9 2 25 16 +9 27
8 Sevilla 17 7 5 5 23 19 +4 26
9 Eibar 17 6 6 5 21 19 +2 24
10 Malaga 18 6 5 7 13 14 -1 23
11 Valencia 17 5 7 5 21 15 +6 22
12 Espanyol 18 6 3 9 16 28 -12 21
13 Real Betis 17 5 5 7 13 23 -10 20
14 Getafe 17 4 5 8 18 26 -8 17
15 Las Palmas 17 4 4 9 16 24 -8 16
16 Real Sociedad 17 4 4 9 18 25 -7 16
17 Sporting Gijon 16 4 3 9 15 25 -10 15
18 Rayo Vallecano 17 4 2 11 18 39 -21 14
19 Granada 17 3 5 9 18 31 -13 14
20 Levante 18 2 5 11 12 31 -19 11

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Saturday Recap

Goals have been hard to come by for Atletico in recent weeks, and Saturday was no exception.

The visitors had two promising chances early on, but Saul saw his header hit the side netting while Diego Marino proved equal to Jackson Martinez's low strike with a strong save.

Los Rojiblancos continued to press but could not find a way through, per football journalist Kieran Canning:

As fellow journalist Dermot Corrigan noted, it wasn't for a lack of trying on Atletico's part:

AS were more succinct in their assessment:

Atleti pushed hard for a winner and were rewarded in the 81st minute when substitute Thomas dribbled past two players before squirming a shot through Marino's arms.

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As Corrigan noted, though Atleti are still yet to convince, they are firmly in the hunt for the title:

Charles opened the scoring for Malaga with a powerful header after just eight minutes and Raul Albentosa doubled the lead midway through the first half with a header of his own.

Things went from bad to worse for Celta when goalkeeper Ruben Castro earned a straight red card, though Nordin Amrabat was unable to convert the resulting penalty.

Earlier, Barcelona were left frustrated by their rivals at the Cornella.

As expected in a derby game, Espanyol played in an extremely intense and physical manner, preventing the Blaugrana from playing their natural game.

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Luis Enrique's side were also unusually profligate—perhaps as a result of Espanyol's aggression—and hit the target with just two attempts, though Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both rattled the woodwork.

Referee Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez notably had a poor performance, per football journalist Rik Sharma:

Barca still have a game in hand over Atletico, but having drawn three of their last four La Liga matches, they've missed a golden opportunity to build up a lead at the head of the table.

Aleix Vidal and Arda Turan are finally able to be registered, though, and the pair will no doubt provide an excellent boost to the team. With six more fixtures to come in January for the Catalan giants—including twice more against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey—their fresh legs will prove equally useful.  

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