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La Liga Results 2016: Full Table and Scores After Final Week 23 Match

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08: Players of Real Sociedad de Futbol celebrate after their teammate Carlos Vela scored his team's second goal during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Cornella-El Prat Stadium on February 8, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 1, 2017

Real Sociedad cruised to an easy 5-0 win over Espanyol on Monday, the final match of Week 23 of the 2015-16 La Liga season.

Jonathas and Carlos Vela gave the visitors a dream start by scoring two goals in the opening 10 minutes, and Mikel Oiarzabal and Diego Reyes added to their advantage early in the second half. Jonathas added a second goal late to put the final score on the board.

The win moves the Basques up to 11th place in the standings, putting some distance between themselves and the relegation zone. Here's a look at the full results from Week 11:

La Liga Results: Week 23
HomeScoreAway
Malaga3-0Getafe
Atletico Madrid3-1Eibar
Rayo Vallecano2-0Las Palmas
Athletic Bilbao0-0Villarreal
Sporting Gijon1-1Deportivo
Levante0-2Barcelona
Real Betis1-0Valencia
Celta Vigo1-1Sevilla
Granada1-2Real Madrid
Espanyol0-5Real Sociedad
BBC Sport

The current La Liga standings:

La Liga Standings
PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Barcelona2217325617+3954
2Atletico Madrid2316343411+2351
3Real Madrid2315536621+4550
4Villarreal2313642918+1145
5Sevilla2310763224+837
6Athletic Club2310583330+335
7Celta Vigo2310583436-235
8Eibar239683631+533
9Deportivo La Coruna2361343128+331
10Malaga238692120+130
11Real Sociedad2376103134-327
12Getafe2375112635-926
13Real Betis2367101631-1525
14Valencia2351082624+225
15Rayo Vallecano2365123047-1723
16Sporting Gijon2264122436-1222
17Espanyol2364132046-2622
18Las Palmas2356122336-1321
19Granada2355132545-2120
20Levante2345142143-2217
BBC Sport

 

Recap

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 08: Gerard Moreno (L) and Marco Asensio (R) look dejected after Carlos Vela of Real Sociedad de Futbol scored his team's second goal during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Cornella-El Prat
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Two similar goals in the opening 10 minutes ensured La Real would never be troubled at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat, with Vela playing a key role in both. First, he played a fantastic ball over the top of the Espanyol defence, allowing Jonathas to sneak in behind and lob goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis.

Minutes later, he produced a similar finish, as the Espanyol defence was caught napping once again. ESPN FC's Cesar Hernandez was impressed:

Sport's Samuel Marsden noted Real Sociedad could have used more of that earlier this season:

Espanyol have been in dreadful form of late, and the Catalans reserved perhaps their worst performance of the season for Monday's outing. Real Sociedad were barely troubled during the first half, and at half-time, the home fans voiced their displeasure.

Goalkeeper Arlauskis was so poor that he was taken off at half-time, but it hardly helped matters, as Oiarzabal and Reyes added two more goals early in the second half.

Marsden couldn't believe how badly Espanyol were playing:

Espanyol fans looking for any reason to be optimistic were left bitterly disappointed in the second half as, even down by four goals, the hosts showed no attacking intention. Jonathas completed the embarrassing afternoon with another goal in the 90th minute, and per Marsden (via Bleacher Report UK), it resulted in some unusual chants at the Cornella-El Prat:

Following the loss, Real Sociedad's bid to survive the drop looks a bit safer, while Espanyol sit just one point ahead of the relegation zone.

It would be a shocking development to see Espanyol, a club that usually survives in the belly of the La Liga standings comfortably, drop out of the Spanish top division altogether, but with the end of the season drawing ever closer, it's becoming ever more likely.

La Liga's top clubs all managed to win in Week 25, with Real Madrid needing a late goal from Luka Modric to get past Granada, who put together an impressive showing against Los Blancos. After the match, Real manager Zinedine Zidane told reporters his team has to improve everywhere, per BBC Sport:

We are going to try to improve everything - at the back and in attack because we need to score more goals.

We had a lot of chances and we know that at this level we need to put them in in order to be a bit more relaxed in our play.

Levante also came close to a major upset, but La Liga leaders Barcelona managed to come away with a 2-0 win on Sunday, with Luis Suarez scoring a late goal to make the result safe.

Atletico Madrid made the best impression out of all the title contenders, beating Eibar 3-1, while Valencia's nightmare season continued with a 1-0 loss at Real Betis.

 

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