La Liga Table 2016: Latest Standings Following Week 38 Results

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2016

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (R) celebrates with Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar after scoring during the Spanish league football match Granada CF vs FC Barcelona at Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada on May 14, 2016.
Barcelona sealed their 24th La Liga title as Luis Suarez took his tally for the season to 59 goals with a hat-trick in a 3-0 win at Granada to hold off Real Madrid's late-season surge. / AFP / CRISTINA QUICLER        (Photo credit should read CRISTINA QUICLER/AFP/Getty Images)
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Barcelona took care of business on the final matchday of the 2015-16 La Liga season, beating Granada 3-0 to win their second straight Spanish title.

The Catalans entered the match knowing they couldn’t afford to drop points, with Real Madrid right on their tails, but two goals from Luis Suarez in the first half all but wrapped up the title race. He would add a third in the second half.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid beat Deportivo La Coruna 2-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace.

Here’s a look at Saturday’s results:

La Liga Results: Saturday
Granada0-3Barcelona
Deportivo La Coruna0-2Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao3-1Sevilla
Atletico Madrid2-0Celta Vigo
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The current La Liga standings:

La Liga Standings
PosTeamPWDLGFGAGDPts
1Barcelona38294511229+8391
2Real Madrid38286411034+7690
3Atletico Madrid3828466318+4588
4Villarreal37181094433+1164
5Athletic Club38188125845+1362
6Celta Vigo38179125159-860
7Sevilla381410145150+152
8Real Sociedad38139164548-348
9Malaga371112143434045
10Las Palmas37128174449-544
11Valencia381111164648-244
12Eibar371110164757-1043
13Deportivo La Coruna38818124561-1642
14Real Betis371012153251-1942
15Espanyol37117193672-3640
16Granada38109194669-2339
17Getafe3799193665-2936
18Sporting Gijon3799193862-2436
19Rayo Vallecano37811184972-2335
20Levante3788213667-3132
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Recap

As expected, Granada dug in defensively and invited pressure from the Catalans from the opening kick-off, leading to a handful of chances but few real openings in the first 15 minutes.

There was a controversial moment involving Gerard Pique, who thought he had opened the score only to see the ball turned away on the line. The official decided it never crossed the line, and per Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror, it was a decision that could have invited scrutiny depending on the result of the match:

But there would be no need for such scrutiny, as Suarez gave the Blaugrana the lead they deserved after 22 minutes, tapping home from close range.

Here’s a look at the goal, courtesy of Sky Sports La Liga:

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo had given his team the lead over Deportivo La Coruna earlier, but that didn’t matter as long as the Catalans won. Granada barely threatened the Barcelona goal in the first half, and manager Luis Enrique’s troops never had to switch gears.

Barcelona's Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez (L) vies for the ball with Granada's Gabonese defender Yrondu Musavu-King during the Spanish league football match Granada CF vs FC Barcelona at Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada on May 14, 2016. / AFP / CRIST
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The pace of their attack dropped toward the end of the half, but Suarez still doubled Barcelona’ advantage after 38 minutes, pouncing on a great cross from Dani Alves.

Here’s a look at the goal:

The second half became something of a parade for the visitors, as Granada appeared content just to play out the match and end their season. Lionel Messi nearly added a third goal with a fantastic free-kick that was saved by Andres Fernandez, and the stopper made another fine save to deny Neymar minutes later.

Both teams made plenty of substitutions throughout the half, pulling the pace of the match down even further, but there was still time for Suarez to complete his hat-trick. Messi played Neymar through on goal with a superb pass, and the Brazilian unselfishly laid it off for Suarez.

Here’s the goal:

Substitute David Barral nearly pulled a goal back with a superb effort late, hitting the post and watching as the ball rolled across the line before going out for a goal-kick.

That was the closest Granada would ever come to a goal, however, and after a few minutes of injury time, the official blew the whistle, and Barcelona were able to celebrate their title.

Per the club's official Twitter account, manager Luis Enrique praised his team's ability to overcome adversity:

In Galicia, Real did what they had to do to keep their title chances alive. Ronaldo opened the score early and added a second goal before half-time, but when word of Barcelona’s strong showing in Granada reached the stadium, Los Blancos gave in.

Manager Zinedine Zidane even substituted Ronaldo early in the second half, likely to preserve him for the UEFA Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 28. The Rojiblancos also won 2-0 on Saturday, beating Celta Vigo thanks to goals from Anoine Griezmann and Fernando Torres.