La Liga Table 2018: Thursday's Week 33 Results and Updated Standings

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2018

SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - APRIL 19:  Juan Miguel Jimenez  'Juanmi' of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between Real Sociedad de Futbol and Atletico Madrid at Estadio Anoeta on April 19, 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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Atletico Madrid remain 12 points behind leaders Barcelona after being soundly beaten 3-0 by Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium in La Liga on Thursday.

The night also featured Girona helping their push for a European place by winning in Alaves. Meanwhile, Malaga's 10-year stay in La Liga was brought to an end when Levante eased their own relegation woes by scoring late to send Albicelestes down.

Las Palmas are on the brink after Real Betis also found a winner deep into stoppage time.

Here are the full results from Thursday night's matches:

  • Alaves 1-2 Girona
  • Real Sociedad 3-0 Atletico Madrid
  • Levante 1-0 Malaga
  • Real Betis 1-0 Las Palmas

            

Here's what those results mean for the updated standings:

1. Barcelona: 33 matches played, +64 goal difference, 83 points

2. Atletico Madrid: 33, +36, 71

3. Real Madrid: 33, +44, 68

4. Valencia: 33, +26, 65

5. Real Betis: 33, 0, 55

6. Villarreal: 33, +5, 51

7. Sevilla: 33, -11, 48

8. Girona: 33, -4, 47

9. Getafe: 33, +7, 45

10. Celta Vigo: 33, +6, 44

11. Real Sociedad: 33, +8, 43

12. Eibar: 33, -9, 43

13. Athletic Bilbao: 33, -3, 40

14. Leganes: 33, -13, 39

15. Alaves: 33, -17, 38

16. Espanyol: 33, -14, 36

17. Levante: 33, -20, 34

18. Deportivo La Coruna: 33, -33, 27

19. Las Palmas: 33, -42, 21

20. Malaga: 33, -30, 17

Full standings are available, per BBC Sport.

             

Atleti were close to full strength despite their upcoming UEFA Europa League semi-final against Arsenal. Yet, although they usually boast a stout defence, Los Rojiblancos were overwhelmed by Sociedad.

The hosts took the lead on 27 minutes when Willian Jose scored after being teed up by former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj. Jose played in Juanmi to make it two 10 minutes from time.

There was still time for Juanmi to complete his brace with a smart header in the 92nd minute.

The goal meant Atletico boss Diego Simeone suffered a rare indignity, per Squawka Football:

This setback means Atleti's fading title challenge is all but over.

By contrast, Girona's bid to play in a European tournament next season is gathering pace after Manchester City loanee Aleix Garcia and Cristhian Stuani both scored at Alaves.

Stuani's penalty conversion shortly before the hour mark kept up a perfect record from the spot for the Uruguay international in the top flight, per OptaJose:

Alaves got one back courtesy of Tomas Pina Isla, but it couldn't dampen Girona's brilliant debut campaign in La Liga.

Malaga's relegation was confirmed in cruel fashion when Emmanuel Boateng swept home a finish with his left foot deep into injury time. The late strike means Levante now have a healthy seven-point cushion above the bottom three.

As for Malaga, Segunda Division football beckons after an alarming slump following last season's respectable 11th-placed finish. ESPN FC's Michael Yokhin noted the irony of Levante dealing the fatal blow:

Las Palmas are also likely to be members of the second tier after suffering their own heartbreak late on. Junior Firpo's header in the 94th minute meant three points for Real Betis, who have been revived on the watch of manager Quique Setien.

Sid Lowe of the Guardian detailed how greater defensive resolve has keyed the turnaround:

Betis will hope to continue their fine run of form against wounded Atletico on Sunday.

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