La Liga Results 2016 Week 23: Final Scores and Updated Table After Saturday

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 06:  Saul Niguez (R) of Club Atletico de Madrid celebrates with Jose Maria Gimenez (#24) and  after scoring his team's 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and SD Eibar at Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 6, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid moved level on points with La Liga leaders Barcelona on Saturday after defeating Eibar 3-1 at the Vicente Calderon thanks to goals from Jose Gimenez, Saul Niguez and Fernando Torres.

Luis Enrique's Barca don't face Levante until Sunday, when they'll hope to restore their three-point cushion, with a game in hand over Los Rojiblancos still to their name.

Villarreal failed tie level with Real Madrid in third after running to a 0-0 stalemate against 10-man Athletic Bilbao, leaving Los Blancos to pull clear of Marcelino's men when they make the trip to Granada on Sunday.

Rayo Vallecano moved from 18th to 14th after beating Las Palmas 2-0, while Sporting Gijon drew 1-1 with Deportivo La Coruna at El Molinon late on Saturday evening.

Read on for recap of Saturday's results, complete with the updated 2015-16 Primera Division standings.

2015-16 La Liga Week 23: Saturday's Results
HomeScoreAway
Atletico Madrid3-1Eibar
Rayo Vallecano2-0Las Palmas
Athletic Bilbao0-0Villarreal
Sporting Gijon1-1Deportivo La Coruna
BBC Sport
Updated 2015-16 Primera Division Standings
PositionTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Barcelona2116325417+3751
2Atletico Madrid2316343411+2351
3Real Madrid2214536420+4447
4Villarreal2313642918+1145
5Sevilla2210663123+836
6Athletic Club2310583330+335
7Celta Vigo2210483335-234
8Eibar239683631+533
9Deportivo La Coruna2361343128+331
10Malaga238692120+130
11Getafe2375112635-926
12Valencia2251072623+325
13Real Sociedad2266102634-824
14Rayo Vallecano2365123047-1723
15Sporting Gijon2264122436-1222
16Espanyol2264122041-2122
17Real Betis2257101531-1622
18Las Palmas2356122336-1321
19Granada2255122444-2020
20Levante2245132141-2017
WhoScored.com

 

Recap

Atletico were in dire need of a victory on Saturday after failing to beat Sevilla and Barcelona at the tail end of January, but a slow start on home turf meant their comeback plans were momentarily stunted.

Following a scoreless first half, a slip from Saul early in the second period allowed Eibar attacker Keko to ghost through on goal, chipping over Jan Oblak for the opener. OptaJose detailed this as the first goal scored by a Madrid-born player at the Vicente Calderon since 2012:

Thankfully for Atletico manager Diego Simeone, the response from his side was swift, and it took centre-back duo Gimenez and Saul to complete the comeback from a pair of Koke corners.

Gimenez nodded in just seven minutes after Keko's goal before Saul made up for his earlier error on the 63-minute mark, saving Simeone's blushes in the process. Torres came off the bench to make sure of the three points with a strike in injury time, a landmark goal for the Spaniard, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:

Atletico may be pleased at reversing their fortunes to emerge triumphant following an early stumble, but more difficult opponents than Eibar await Los Rojiblancos, and they won't be as forgiving.

That being said, Simeone will be happy just to get back to winning ways. Eibar remain eighth in the division but saw their hopes of a European finish falter as a result.

Rayo Vallecano defeated Las Palmas 2-0 on Saturday to move outside the relegation zone.
Rayo Vallecano defeated Las Palmas 2-0 on Saturday to move outside the relegation zone.Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Later on Saturday, Athletic Bilbao were held to a scoreless draw at home to Villarreal, where referee Mario Melero Lopez was kept on his toes in a feisty affair that produced no fewer than 11 yellow cards and one red.

According to WhoScored.com, Los Leones had 10 shots on goal compared to Villarreal's two, and it was the Basque hosts who dictated the tempo almost throughout , only to be found lacking in end product.

This is the first time Athletic have failed to score in a home fixture since drawing 0-0 against Malaga at the beginning of December, but both teams could walk away from the clash content with a share of the spoils.

Fan account Athletic Club UK confirmed the unfortunate news of Inaki Williams' sending off in the 90th minute for a second caution, meaning he'll now miss next Saturday's trip to Real Madrid.

Rayo Vallecano moved out of the relegation zone in style on Saturday after defeating fellow drop candidates Las Palmas 2-0 to stretch their unbeaten run to four matches.

It took striker Miku only three minutes to open the scoreline before setting up attack partner Bebe for the game's second goal 15 minutes from time. Opta Jose detailed how essential Miku has been to the club's scoring cause of late:

That win lifted Paco Jemez's side a massive four places and also sealed their second consecutive home clean sheet in La Liga, having defeated Celta Vigo 3-0 at the Vallecas in January.

Las Palmas take their place in the bottom three and are only a point ahead of Granada, but an away trip to Sevilla next Sunday means their fixture slate doesn't get easier anytime soon.

In the final match of the night, Gijon and Depor could not be separated at El Molinon, playing out a 1-1 draw.

The 24-year-old winger Jony grabbed the opener for the hosts shortly after the half-hour mark, striking from outside of the box. 

However, the visitors were back on level terms only nine minutes later, as Luis Alberto found the top corner with a deadly finish to make it 1-1. 

The shared points sees both teams temporarily rise in the standings before Sunday's fixtures are played.