La Liga Results 2016 Week 19: Final Scores and Updated Table After Sunday

Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2016

Celta Vigo's goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez (L) catches the ball next to Atletico Madrid's Argentinian forward Luciano Vietto (C) and teammate defender Hugo Mallo during the Spanish league football match RC Celta de Vigo vs Club Atletico de Madrid at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on January 10, 2016.   AFP PHOTO/ MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid reclaimed the La Liga lead with a 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Sunday, as manager Diego Simeone's men put together another ruthless performance in Week 19.

The visitors moved the ball at speed and played lockdown defence, and goals from Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco in the second half were enough to secure the three points.

Elsewhere, Valencia suffered yet another disappointing loss, this time against Real Sociedad, while Villarreal continued their fine run with a 2-0 win over Sporting Gijon. Here's a look at Sunday's results:

La Liga Week 19 Results: Sunday
HomeScoreAway
Villarreal2-0Sporting Gijon
Real Sociedad2-0Valencia
Eibar2-1Espanyol
Las Palmas1-1Malaga
Celta Vigo0-2Atletico Madrid
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The current La Liga standings:

La Liga Standings
PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Atletico Madrid191423278+1944
2Barcelona1813324415+2942
3Real Madrid1912435218+3440
4Villarreal1912342616+1039
5Celta Vigo199462827+131
6Eibar198652720+730
7Sevilla198562621+529
8Athletic Club198472722+528
9Deportivo La Coruna196942623+327
10Malaga196671415-124
11Getafe196582127-623
12Valencia195862319+423
13Espanyol1963101730-1321
14Real Betis195591328-1520
15Real Sociedad195592227-520
16Las Palmas194691927-818
17Granada1945102036-1617
18Rayo Vallecano1943122143-2215
19Sporting Gijon1843111629-1315
20Levante1935111432-1814
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Recap

Atletico looked every bit as ruthless as they have all season in the win over Celta Vigo, playing superb defence and making the most of their chances. Griezmann and Luciano Dario Vietto tortured the Galician defence with their movement throughout the match, and it didn't come as a huge surprise when the two combined for the first goal.

The Frenchman set it up with a lovely pass for Vietto, who returned the favour, handing Griezmann an easy tap-in. In just two passes, Atletico tore through the entire back line, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:

Ferreira-Carrasco doubled their lead with a surging run, taking on two Celta players before blasting the ball past goaltender Sergio Alvarez. The Belgian has been one of La Liga's top breakout players of the year, and while he started this match on the bench, his energy as a substitute handed a whole new dynamic to the side.

The win sees Atletico reclaim the lead from Barcelona, with the two heavyweights set to meet at the end of January.

Gary Neville's disappointing start as manager of Valencia continued with a 2-0 loss against Real Sociedad at the Anoeta, where Jonathas scored twice inside the last 15 minutes to hand the Basques a much-needed win.

Per Daniel Storey of Football365, Valencia's run is historically bad:

Jaume Domenech handed Jonathas the first goal with a blunder, an unfortunate error in what had been a fine performance from the goalkeeper until that point. La Real are enduring a nightmare season, but the Basques have looked much improved of late and put together a fine showing Sunday.

Jonathas doubled the lead three minutes later with a powerful header, keeping Neville winless in his short La Liga career in the process.

Per Valencia's official website, he knows his team has to improve fast:

We have played below the expectations we have set ourselves. We have to snap out of it and start winning. I want to play with his players to get better together. We are going to work hard to rectify this as soon as possible. We have to pass the ball well, have an accurate pace and defend, we have given the ball away many times. I can only ask patients to the fans. The dressing room is disappointed, I am, but tomorrow it is a fresh start and we have to get the fans to believe.

Villarreal's excellent run continued with a 2-0 win over Sporting Gijon, with Cedric Bakambu scoring both goals. The French forward struck halfway through the first half and doubled his tally just a few minutes after the break.

With the win, the Yellow Submarine remain just three points behind Barcelona and one point behind Real Madrid. Barring a meltdown, Villarreal are likely to secure Spain's fourth Champions League ticket, which would be some accomplishment for the club.

Perhaps even more impressive than Villarreal's stunning start to the season, Eibar continue to string together results, and Borja Baston's penalty goal 15 minutes before the final whistles ensured the Basques got a 2-1 win over Espanyol.

BeIN Sports USA's David Cartlidge praised the management for the wonderful job they've done assembling the squad:

Malaga only managed a disappointing 1-1 draw at Las Palmas, a result that doesn't really do either club any good. The hosts now sit three points above the relegation zone, while Malaga continue to lose ground in the race for the European tickets.