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La Liga Table 2016: Latest Standings Following Friday's Week 24 Results

GIJON, SPAIN - JANUARY 22:  Arnaldo Sanabria of Real Sporting de Gijon reacts during the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and Real Sociedad de Futbol at Estadio El Molinon on January 22, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano ran to a 2-2 draw at El Molinon on Friday evening as Week 24 of the Primera Division campaign got underway with two of its relegation strugglers jostling to move up the standings.

The two sides opened the Week 24 slate with a close encounter, where Barcelona loanee Alen Halilovic was among the scorers alongside team-mate Miguel Angel Guerrero. But equalisers from Miku and Jozabed were enough to secure a point for the visitors.

Real Madrid are in action early on Saturday as they play host to Athletic Bilbao, but both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will wait until Sunday before resuming La Liga action, facing Celta Vigo and Getafe, respectively.

Read on for a recap of all Friday's action, along with a breakdown of the Primera Division's Week 24 schedule and a look at the updated La Liga standings.

2015-16 La Liga: Week 24 Scores and Fixtures
DateHomeScore/K.O. TimeAway
Friday, Feb. 12Sporting Gijon2-2Rayo Vallecano
Saturday, Feb. 13Real Madrid3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETAthletic Bilbao
Saturday, Feb. 13Villarreal5:15 p.m. GMT/12:15 p.m. ETMalaga
Saturday, Feb. 13Valencia7:30 p.m. GMT/2:30 p.m. ETEspanyol
Saturday, Feb. 13Deportivo La Coruna9:05 p.m. GMT/4:05 p.m. ETReal Betis
Sunday, Feb. 14Real Sociedad11 a.m. GMT/6 a.m. ETGranada
Sunday, Feb. 14Sevilla3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ETLas Palmas
Sunday, Feb. 14Eibar5:15 p.m. GMT/12:15 p.m. ETLevante
Sunday, Feb. 14Getafe5:15 p.m. GMT/12:15 p.m. ETAtletico Madrid
Sunday, Feb. 14Barcelona7:30 p.m. GMT/2:30 p.m. ETCelta Vigo
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2015-16 La Liga Standings
PositionTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
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 Vallecano2466123249-1724
16Sporting Gijon2365122638-1223
17Espanyol2364132046-2622
18Las Palmas2356122336-1321
19Granada2355132546-2120
20Levante2345142143-2217
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Recap

Sporting were blessed to find themselves in front so early on Friday evening, but a mistake from right-back Quini saw Guerrero gifted the ball from just six yards out, and the striker repaid the favour by putting Sporting in front.

It was after just nine minutes that Halilovic came on as a substitute for the struggling Dani Ndi, and this change in particular would come to pay dividends for coach Abelardo Fernandez's side.

Halilovic is enjoying his loan spell at Sporting Gijon.
Halilovic is enjoying his loan spell at Sporting Gijon.Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images

There were clear deficiencies in the Sporting defence, however, when a splitting pass found Pablo Hernandez in space, and the Rayo winger squared a ball across to Miku, who made no mistake one-on-one.

The two teams came out level for the second period, but it took less than a minute for Sporting wide man Jony to slip Halilovic inside the Rayo area, and he slid in his side's second of the match. That being said, Inside La Liga writer Javier J. Hernandez noted the Barca youngster had improvements to make:

This time, Rayo's reply was far more swift, and an error in judgement from Sporting No. 1 Ivan Cuellar meant Jozabed had all the time he needed to equalise at 2-2 from the back post in the 58th minute. Broadcaster Deji Kofi Faremi pointed out Cuellar's mistake:

Rayo ended the match with almost 60 per cent of possession, per WhoScored.com, along with a greater share of the shooting opportunities, but the two teams could leave content with a share of the spoils.

Although the result means nothing in terms of table changes for either side, Sporting will be happy to see their recent unbeaten streak continue, while Rayo have now lost just once in their last seven games.

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