La Liga Table 2016 Week 23: Updated Standings Following Friday's Results

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 5, 2016

EIBAR, SPAIN - JANUARY 30:  Juanpi of Malaga CF celebrates after scoring goal during the La Liga match between SD Eibar and Malaga CF at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on January 30, 2016 in Eibar, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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Malaga ripped through visitors Getafe in La Liga on Friday night, winning 3-0 after a devastating first-half display, as Juanpi starred for the hosts.

The victory edged Malaga toward the European spots in the top flight after a goal-shy season for the Andalusia club.

The home side, which upped its recent form to score three times before the break, comprehensively beat Getafe.

The Spanish Primera Division crown appears destined to reside at the Camp Nou once again, as Barcelona attempt to open up a six-point advantage at the top of La Liga, with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid trailing in their wake.

If Los Blancos and the Rojiblancos fall to shock defeats against Eibar and Granada this weekend, the Blaugrana can take a huge leap toward domestic glory, with a game in hand on their big rivals from the Spanish capital.

Barca travel to Levante on Sunday in search of their 17th league win of the season.

Here is a look at the updated La Liga schedule, results and standings:

La Liga Fixtures And Results: Week 23
DateTime (GMT)FixtureResult
Friday, Feb. 57:30 p.m.Malaga vs. Getafe3-0
Saturday, Feb. 63 p.m.Atletico Madrid vs. EibarTBD
Saturday, Feb. 65:15 p.m.Rayo Vallecano vs. Las PalmasTBD
Saturday, Feb. 67:30 p.mAthletic Club vs. VillarrealTBD
Saturday, Feb. 69:05 p.m.Sporting Gijon vs. Deportivo La CorunaTBD
Sunday, Feb. 711 a.m.Levante vs. BarcelonaTBD
Sunday, Feb. 73 p.m.Real Betis vs. ValenciaTBD
Sunday, Feb. 75:15 p.m.Celta Vigo vs. SevillaTBD
Sunday, Feb. 77:30 p.m.Granada vs. Real MadridTBD
Monday, Feb. 87:30 p.m.Espanyol vs. Real SociedadTBD
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Latest La Liga Standings After Friday's Result
2Atletico Madrid2215343110+2148
3Real Madrid2214536420+4447
6Athletic Club2210483330+334
7Celta Vigo2210483335-234
9Deportivo La Coruna2261242925+330
13Real Sociedad2266102634-824
15Real Betis2257101531-1622
16Sporting Gijon2163122335-1221
17Las Palmas2256112334-1121
18Rayo Vallecano2255122746-1920
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Friday Recap

Malaga showed no mercy against Getafe on Friday, deconstructing their visitors in a bludgeoning first half at La Rosaleda.

The hosts scored three times before the official brought the opening 45 minutes to a close, as the local Madrid team looked bruised and beaten.

Juanpi opened the scoring after only nine minutes, as the Venezuelan prodigy danced through the opposition defence.

The attacking midfielder ghosted into the box with the ball attached to his foot, and he calmly slotted away with a mature finish.

Opta Jose highlighted the youngster's strike:

Christian Atsu made it two after the 23rd minute, with Malaga in full flight and scoring a brilliant team goal.

Charles grabbed the assist as he squared the ball to the Ghana international, making his first start since his loan switch from Chelsea.

The winger made sure of his finish from close range, flicking his effort into the corner of the net.

ESPN's Dermot Corrigan was impressed by Malaga's play and commented on Atsu's move to La Rosaleda:

Getafe heads dropped as Los Boquerones made it 3-0—two minutes before the break—as Charles finished with aplomb.

The classy Brazilian veteran met a cross by Duje Cop at the far post, and he awkwardly arched his body to deflect the ball beyond goalkeeper Guaita.

Getafe's ball retention improved in the second half as they desperately tried to inch their way back into the contest, but Malaga seemed content by their early work in the game, always playing within their own capabilities.

The hosts had completed the job early, and the final 20 minutes of the contest petered out into a dull affair.

The victory temporarily takes Malaga within four points of the top six, and if they can sustain this new form, they will certainly finish higher than their current position.