La Liga Table 2016 Week 30: Standings and Final Scores After Sunday

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 20, 2016

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez puts his hands on his head during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF vs FC Barcelona at El Madrigal stadium in Vila-real on March 20, 2016. / AFP / JOSE JORDAN        (Photo credit should read JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
JOSE JORDAN/Getty Images

Barcelona were devastated to draw 2-2 at Villarreal on Sunday as La Liga's leaders surrendered a two-goal advantage at El Madrigal, meaning they now sit just nine points clear at the summit.

Sunday's draw did see manager Luis Enrique's side extend their Spanish record streak to 39 consecutive matches unbeaten, although failure to beat the Yellow Submarine ended their 13-match winning streak in the league.

Following Atletico Madrid's loss to Sporting Gijon on Saturday, Real capitalised upon a great weekend by routing struggling away outfit Sevilla on Sunday, where Karim Benzema made a triumphant return to fitness.

Athletic Bilbao's hopes of a top-six finish were stunted earlier on Sunday after they dropped to a 2-1 defeat at in-form Espanyol, while Gary Neville's Valencia fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Celta Vigo.

Read on for a roundup of Sunday's Primera Division scores and a look to La Liga's standings after Week 30 of the competition.

2015-16 La Liga: Sunday's Week 30 Results
Espanyol2-1Athletic Bilbao
Valencia0-2Celta Vigo
Real Madrid4-0Sevilla
2015-16 La Liga Standings
2Atletico Madrid3021454614+3267
3Real Madrid3020648728+5966
5Celta Vigo30146104351-848
7Athletic Club30145114839+947
10Deportivo La Coruna3071583943-436
11Real Sociedad3098133741-435
13Real Betis30810122740-1334
15Las Palmas3096153242-1033
17Rayo Vallecano30610144163-2228
19Sporting Gijon3076173252-2027


A Jeremy Mathieu own goal prevented Barcelona from collecting all three points at El Madrigal on Sunday, where the Blaugrana failed to build on a 2-0 half-time lead and missed their chance to climb 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid.

Juan Manuel Diaz of Spanish daily Sport chronicled the series of poor refereeing decisions that marred the contest, but Ivan Rakitic and Neymar nevertheless fired the travelling team into a comfortable 2-0 lead at the interval.

Barcelona lost a 2-0 lead at Villarreal on Sunday, drawing 2-2 at full time.
Barcelona lost a 2-0 lead at Villarreal on Sunday, drawing 2-2 at full time.JOSE JORDAN/Getty Images

Rakitic was quickest to latch onto a rebounded set piece as he fired Barca ahead after 20 minutes, and the Blaugrana extended their lead under controversial circumstances when Neymar was awarded a penalty after allegedly being fouled prior to half-time.

Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu netted his fifth goal in four games to get Marcelino Garcia Toral's men back on the board after 57 minutes, and Mathieu was unfortunate to tip the ball into his own net from a corner just six minutes later.

BBC Sport's Andy West pointed out the sharing of the spoils as a fair result, and one would be inclined to agree after Neymar was awarded his 41st-minute penalty despite Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo getting his hands on the ball:

Barca's unbeaten run lives on, but Sunday's draw seeded a slight seed of doubt regarding their La Liga title defence.

Los Blancos delighted in Barcelona misery and climbed to within a point of second-placed Atleti thanks to their 4-0 thrashing of Sevilla, where Benzema opened the scoring after just six minutes, per Sky Sports La Liga:

Cristiano Ronaldo missed from the penalty sport but returned minutes later to double Real's lead before Bale bagged his 43rd La Liga goal for Los Blancos since arriving at the club in 2013.

This figure puts the Welshman ahead of all other British and Irish players to have scored in the Spanish top flight:

Substitute Jese Rodriguez added fourth with just minutes to go, and Sevilla's search for a first away win of the season endured while Real revived kept their title fire burning thanks to a fourth consecutive league win.

Later on Sunday evening, Valencia boss Neville suffered a third consecutive home defeat at the hands of Celta Vigo, and Bet365 provided a rundown of Los Che's form at the Mestalla in recent months:

Valencia were en route to a 0-0 draw before conceding twice in the final 10 minutes, with John Guidetti and Hugo Mallo bagging in the 80th and 84th minutes, respectively.

According to West, there were audible chants around the Mestalla for struggling boss Neville to leave the club, having struggled to string together much by way of consistency during his reign at the helm:

Valencia remain sat in 14th with eight games remaining, with the club sitting just six points off the bottom, while three points puts Celta back in the top six following Athletic's Sunday defeat.

Espanyol masterminded a comeback of their own after going a goal down to Athletic on Sunday, with Pape Diop and Felipe Caicedo scoring within three minutes of one another to turn the tie around, per One Football:

Eraso's 20th-minute opener set manager Ernesto Valverde's men on course for their third consecutive away triumph, but their lull not long after the restart was all Espanyol needed to rescue a maximum-points haul.

That result brought an end to Los Leones' four-match winning streak in La Liga, while three points moves Espanyol back within sight of the top half of the table, currently sitting in 12th spot.  


    Hot Takes: Low's Squad Choices Nearly Cost Germany

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Hot Takes: Low's Squad Choices Nearly Cost Germany

    Gianni Verschueren
    via Bleacher Report

    Why Ozil Will Always Be a Scapegoat

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Why Ozil Will Always Be a Scapegoat

    Dean Jones
    via Bleacher Report

    Hot Takes: Mexico's Vela Is Finally Realising His Potential

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Hot Takes: Mexico's Vela Is Finally Realising His Potential

    James Dudko
    via Bleacher Report

    Why 'Chucky' Lozano's the Real FIFA GOAT 🇲🇽

    World Football logo
    World Football

    Why 'Chucky' Lozano's the Real FIFA GOAT 🇲🇽

    B/R Video
    via Bleacher Report