La Liga Results 2016: Scores, Updated Table After Saturday Week 38 Matches

Tom Beck@@twjbeckContributor IMay 14, 2016

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, Luca Modric, center, and Sergio Ramos wait for play to restart during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Deportivo and Real Madrid at the Riazor stadium in A Coruna, Spain, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Lalo R. Villar)
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Barcelona claimed their 24th La Liga title on Week 38 of the season, narrowly beating fierce rivals Real Madrid to the top spot by one point.

Luis Enrique's men secured successive domestic trophies following a 3-0 victory over Granada on Saturday, while Real beat Deportivo La Coruna by two goals to nil at Estadio Riazor.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice for Los Blancos before being replaced at half-time as he notched 50 goals in a season for the sixth consecutive year.

However, it proved not to be enough, as Barca clinched a vital three points after Luis Suarez netted a trio of strikes to take his La Liga goal tally to 40 for the campaign.

Take a look at the scores from the final weekend of football action in Spain and the end-of-season table.

La Liga 2015-16: Week 38 Scores
Deportivo La Coruna0-2Real Madrid
Athletic ClubX-XSevilla
Atletico MadridX-XCelta Vigo
La Liga 2015-16: Week 38 Table
2Real Madrid38286411034+7690
3Atletico Madrid3727466118+4385
5Celta Vigo37179115157-660
6Athletic Club37178125544+1159
8Real Sociedad38139164548-348
10Las Palmas37128174449-544
13Deportivo La Coruna38818124561-1642
14Real Betis371012153251-1942
18Sporting Gijon3799193862-2436
19Rayo Vallecano37811184972-2335
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Real's late-season assault on the La Liga title proved insufficient following the final-day exploits in Spain, as Barcelona sealed their sixth domestic title in eight years with a convincing win over Granada. 

Los Blancos knew they must beat Depor away from home to stand any chance of lifting a first league trophy since 2011-12, with the two matches running simultaneously to avoid any possible bias or partisanship from their opponents. 

Star striker Ronaldo aided Real's title tilt inside the opening stages of the contest, as he netted from close range after just seven minutes. 

Madrid's superiority was evident from the first whistle, with manager Zinedine Zidane clearly detailing the magnitude of the contest to his troops. There was a sense of inevitability in the buildup to Ronaldo's opener, as Gareth Bale left Manuel Pablo for dead on the right of the box before cutting his cross back to Karim Benzema on the penalty spot. 

The Frenchman instinctively played the ball further on to the unmarked Ronaldo at the far post, and Real had their much-needed lead.

AS unfairly judged Benzema to have miscued his effort on goal before finding his team-mate with a smart pass across goal:

The Portuguese attacker has a taste for goals whenever he faces Depor, as detailed:

Los Blancos added a second to the scoreline on 25 minutes as the Portugal captain rose highest in the area to meet Toni Kroos' corner into the box. Ronaldo headed his effort past Stipe Pletikosa for his 50th goal in all competitions for the year—a landmark goal tally he has reached in each of his last six seasons.

SportsCenter commemorated Ronaldo's milestone achievement with a graphic:

He could have added two more goals to his day's haul, only to be kept at bay twice by the frame of the goal.

Football statistician Mr. Chip revealed how Ronaldo's pursuit on goal was a record of its own on Saturday:

The former Manchester United forward struck the near post after beating the offside trap on the half-hour mark. And just five minutes later, Ronaldo would again be left disappointed, as his powerful drive crashed off the crossbar from the edge of the box.

Zidane replaced the attacking maestro at the break in favour of Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez, with the game already put to bed and one eye already on next week's UEFA Champions League final against city rivals Atletico.

Real ran out comfortable winners in the second period but were unable to overturn Barca at the top of the table following their convincing victory away at Granada.

The capital club end their season just one point behind their perennial rivals after a spirited fightback combined with a mini collapse for Barca during early April, losing three consecutive league games for the first time in 13 years.

ESPN researcher Paul Carr outlined the difficulties Real have faced in recent years:

Following Gerard Pique's opening goal in the Clasico clash, Barca were a provisional 13 points clear of their closest challengers but almost let their significant advantage slip away toward the season finale.

Suarez was in devastating form on Sunday, as he notched a treble of strikes to win his team the league title as well as the Pichichi award as the league's top goalscorer. The Uruguayan took his domestic total to 40 goals in arguably the best season of his career to put himself among Ronaldo and team-mate Lionel Messi for the acclaim as the world's best player.

OptaJose provided the stats behind Suarez's standout La Liga campaign, as he made history in Spain:

No player has scored more goals or provided more assists than the former Liverpool striker in the league this season, per

The Uruguayan netted twice in the opening 45 minutes, finishing off two smart moves cleverly from close range. The first, Suarez was left with a tap-in after Neymar played in Jordi Alba down the left flank before the 29-year-old gifted his side a two-goal advantage after heading in Dani Alves' right-wing cross.

With just four minutes to play in Granada, the South American sealed his hat-trick after some further unselfish attacking play from Neymar, who left Suarez with the simple task of rolling his shot into an unguarded net after luring goalkeeper Andres Fernandez out of his goal.

Enrique has led Barca to successive La Liga titles for the first time since their trio of wins between 2009 and 2011 by the narrowest of points margins, staving off a late challenge from their bitter rivals.


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