La Liga Table 2018 Week 11: Updated Standings Following Saturday's Results

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistNovember 3, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 3: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates 2-0 during the La Liga Santander  match between Real Madrid v Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu on November 3, 2018 in Madrid Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid earned their first La Liga victory under interim coach Santiago Solari, claiming a 2-0 win at home to Real Valladolid on Saturday.

Barcelona appeared on their way to defeat as they trailed at Rayo Vallecano deep in the second half, but two goals in the final three minutes for the away side gave the Spanish champions a 3-2 win.

Valencia's disappointing start to the season continued, as Girona beat them 1-0 away.

Atletico Madrid looked set to take three points at Leganes, but a late equaliser gave the hosts a 1-1 draw.

Here's Saturday's results from Spain:


Leganes 1-1 Atletico

Real Madrid 2-0 Valladolid

Valencia 0-1 Girona

Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona


La Liga Standings (Played, Goal Difference, Points)

1. Barcelona: 11, 17, 24

2. Atletico: 11, 7, 20

3. Alaves: 10, 5, 20

4. Sevilla: 10, 9, 19

5. Espanyol: 10, 6, 18

6. Real Madrid: 11, 2, 17

7. Levante: 10, 1, 16

8. Valladolid: 11, 0, 16

9. Girona: 11, -1, 16

10. Getafe: 10, 2, 15

11. Celta Vigo: 10, 4, 13

12. Real Sociedad: 10, -1, 12

13. Real Betis: 10, -4, 12

14. Valencia: 11, -2, 11

15. Eibar: 10, -7, 11

16. Athletic Bilbao: 10, -4, 10

17. Villarreal: 10, -2, 9

18. Leganes: 11, -7, 9

19. Rayo Vallecano: 11, -11, 6

20. Huesca 10, -14, 5


Saturday Recap

Real Madrid's Spanish defender Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Valladolid FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on November 3, 2018. (Photo by JAVIER S

Two goals in the final seven minutes spared Madrid's blushes at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, with Solari taking three points in his first league game.

The sacking of former manager Julen Lopetegui hangs over the squad, and the victory was Real's first in six league games.

Valladolid struck the crossbar twice as Real lived dangerously, but Kiko's own goal in the 83rd minute gave the hosts a slim advantage.

Sergio Ramos put the victory to bed. The centre-back found the back of the net from the penalty spot in the final moments.

ESPN's Dermot Corrigan quoted Solari after the win, with the coach referencing the uneasy atmosphere inside the stadium:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Solari on the whistles: “They are great pros with a lot of experience. Obviously we all need to manage our emotions, and there are difficult moments, and you know what 80,000 people are feeling. It is important for this group that have won so much the fans are with them."

Barca opened up a four-point gap at the top of the division, but the Catalans rode their luck on their travels.

Luis Suarez opened the scoring after 11 minutes, but Jose Pozo's long-range effort made it 1-1 before half-time.

The game swung when Alvaro Garcia fired home shortly before the hour mark, and it seemed Barca would fall to defeat against the relegation candidates, who are second to bottom.

However, Ousmane Dembele's effort and a winner from Suarez provided the goals that broke home fans' hearts, and Barca skipped away with a dramatic victory.

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03:  Luis Suarez (2ndL) of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal with teammates Gerard Pique (L) and Munir El Haddadi (R) during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Campo de Futbol de
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Pere Pons Riera was the hero for Girona at the Mestalla Stadium, with the midfielder firing home shortly after the restart, scoring the only goal of the game against Valencia.

Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring for Atleti on their short visit to Leganes in the capital. The Frenchman netted after 69 minutes, but disappointment was to follow for the visitors.

Argentinian striker Guido Carrillo slotted home from close range, giving the Cucumber Growers a share of the spoils in the derby game.


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