La Liga Table 2016 Week 22: Standings and Final Scores After Monday

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

Deportivo La Coruna's midfielder Luis Alberto (R) celebrates with teammate midfielder Lucas Perez after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match RC Deportivo de la Coruna vs Villarreal CF at the Municipal de Riazor stadium in La Coruna on January 3, 2016.   AFP PHOTO/ MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP / MIGUEL RIOPA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/Getty Images)

Deportivo La Coruna and Rayo Vallecano shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw on Monday night in what was a thoroughly entertaining La Liga clash. 

The result keeps Deportivo in touch with the sides challenging for European places in the table. Rayo remain in the relegation zone with this draw, and although they’ll have been disappointed to have lost a lead twice, the Madrid-based outfit are within two points of the four teams above them.

Barcelona remain top of the pile after they beat fellow title challengers Atletico Madrid 2-1 at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Real Madrid remain in hot pursuit, though, as they hammered a hapless Espanyol side 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Here’s a look back at Monday’s clash, the results from this weekend’s games and how the table is shaping up after the round of fixtures was completed.

La Liga Week 22: Results
Saturday, Jan. 30Barcelona2-1Atletico Madrid
Saturday, Jan. 30Getafe0-1Athletic Club
Saturday, Jan. 30Eibar1-2Malaga
Saturday, Jan. 30Villarreal1-0Granada
Saturday, Jan. 30Real Sociedad2-1Real Betis
Sunday, Jan. 31Sevilla3-1Levante
Sunday, Jan. 31Valencia0-1Sporting Gijon
Sunday, Jan. 31Las Palmas2-1Celta Vigo
Sunday, Jan. 31Real Madrid6-0Espanyol
Monday, Feb. 1Deportivo La Coruna2-2Rayo Vallecano
La Liga Table
2Atletico Madrid2215343110+2148
3Real Madrid2214536420+4447
6Athletic Club2210483330+334
7Celta Vigo2210483335-234
9Deportivo La Coruna2261242925+330
13Real Sociedad2266102634-824
15Real Betis2257101531-1622
16Sporting Gijon2163122335-1221
17Las Palmas2256112334-1121
18Rayo Vallecano2255122746-1920
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Monday Recap

From the off it was clear this was going to be an enthralling game, with both sides setting a blistering tempo.

It was the visitors who drew blood first. In the eighth minute, brilliant work from Rayo playmaker Quini put one on a plate for Miku, who made no mistake from close range. But Vallecano, who usually keep the ball so well, got a little complacent after edging in front early on.

Miku gave Rayo an early lead.
Miku gave Rayo an early lead.CURTO DE LA TORRE/Getty Images

Indeed, with a man like Lucas Perez up top, you can’t afford to give away chances. The in-form forward was played in by Luis Alberto and his expert finish was indicative of a centre-forward who has notched 14 goals already this season.

As we can see here courtesy of OptaJose, Perez’s goal cements his status as one of Deportivo’s top strikers in recent history:

OptaJose @OptaJose

14 - No Deportivo´s player has scored more goals in a single season in Liga than Lucas Perez since Makaay in 2002-2003. Star

There was no halt to the action either, as a breathless first half continued. Just four minutes later Rayo were back in front, as they were able to capitalise on a goalkeeping howler from Manu in the Deportivo net; he rolled it straight to Miku, who set up Jozabed to restore the one-goal cushion.

Fajr scored a stunning equaliser for Deportivo.
Fajr scored a stunning equaliser for Deportivo.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

At the break, the visitors had a 2-1 lead and would have been keen to stay compact at the beginning of the second period. However, they were undone by a moment of genius from Deportivo’s winger Faycal Fajr, who smashed in a stunning, swirling equaliser within seconds of the restart.

The remainder of the clash saw both sides go in search of a potential winner, with Perez setting up Alberto for a shot which crashed off the woodwork. However, a point was fair for both sides having each performed admirably at the Estadio Riazor, treating those in attendance to a pulsating clash.

Weekend Review

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 30:  Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on January 30, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Capa
Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Barcelona came from behind to assert their position of dominance at the La Liga summit on Saturday, pulling three points clear of Atletico with a game in hand.

Koke gave the visitors the lead with a fine goal early on. Given Diego Simeone’s side’s stellar defensive record, an upset looked as though it may well have been on the cards. But goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi turned the game around for the Blaugrana, who were able to coast to victory after two Atletico players were dismissed.

As noted here by OptaJavier, when Suarez and Messi both get on the scoresheet, it usually bodes well for Barcelona:

OptaJavier @OptaJavier

100% - Barcelona won the 100% of the (20) matches when Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored goals. Infalibility. https://t.co/8HSyxuyiQt

Elsewhere, Real moved to within one point of their city rivals with a 6-0 hammering of Espanyol, a rout inspired by the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese netted a sublime hat-trick on Sunday to put the Catalan outfit to the sword. Also on the scoresheet were both Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez, while an own goal from Oscar Duarte compounded the visitors’ miserable afternoon.

Ronaldo was in brilliant goalscoring for against Espanyol.
Ronaldo was in brilliant goalscoring for against Espanyol.Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Ronaldo, as is evident by this statistic from the Guardian's Sid Lowe, loves playing against Espanyol:

Sid Lowe @sidlowe

[Edited tweet] 19 league goals for Ronaldo, joint top with Luis Suarez. 42% of them against Espanyol.

The other standout result of the weekend was Valencia’s loss to Sporting Gijon at the Mestalla. For new manager Gary Neville it’s now eight games without a win in the league.

Sporting grabbed the victory through a second-half penalty from Antonio Sanabria.

With Los Che now just five points clear of the relegation zone, Neville is under big pressure to turn things around quickly.

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