La Liga Table 2018: Monday's Week 11 Results and Updated Standings

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2018

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 26:  RCD Espanyol players celebrate the opening goal scored by their teammate Esteban Granero and conceded by referee Del Cerro Grande on advice from the Video Assistant Referee VAR during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Valencia CF at RCDE Stadium on August 26, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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Borja Iglesias fired Espanyol to a 1-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Monday and up to second spot in La Liga.

The in-form forward's first-half goal was the difference between the two sides, as Rubi's team continued their excellent start to the 2018-19 term; they sit just three points behind local rivals and leaders Barcelona. Athletic, meanwhile, are in 17th and just one point clear of the drop zone.

Elsewhere this weekend, Barcelona's thrilling late comeback against Rayo Vallecano saw them extend their lead at the top of the table, as Sevilla were only able to draw 0-0 with Real Sociedad. Santiago Solari also won his first La Liga game in charge of Real Madrid, as they saw off Real Valladolid 2-0.

Here are the results in full from this week's fixtures, as well as a review of Monday's and the weekend's action.


Week 11 Results

Saturday, November 3

Leganes 1-1 Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid 2-0 Real Valladolid 

Valencia 0-1 Girona

Rayo Vallecano 2-3 Barcelona


Sunday, November 4

Eibar 2-1 Alaves

Villarreal 1-1 Levante

Huesca 1-1 Getafe

Real Sociedad 0-0 Sevilla

Real Betis 3-3 Celta Vigo


Monday, November 5

Espanyol 1-0 Athletic Bilbao


For the table in full visit the La Liga website.


Monday Recap

The match was a big one for Athletic veteran Raul Garcia, who reached another landmark in his career:

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

Raul Garcia is now one of the all-time top 20 players with most #LaLiga appearances, playing his 428th match in #EspanyolAthletic. 👏👏 Matchday 11 in numbers 👇 https://t.co/kSkXghWvpU

For long spells of the first period there was little between the two teams, as they both cancelled each other out in all facets of the field. Eventually, Espanyol put together a move of quality to get on the scoresheet.

Didac Vila fizzed in a perfect cross, and Borja arrived at the back post to thud a header back across goal.

Spanish football journalist Lee Roden praised the way Espanyol broke the deadlock in the game and their goalscorer in particular:

Lee Roden @LeeRoden89

Espanyol are an absolute joy to watch under Rubi. Really nice move for Borja's goal and it had been coming.

That goal did appear to spark Athletic into life, and before the break, Inaki Williams came close to levelling, as his shot struck the post and flew wide. However, it was the hosts who went in ahead at the break.

In the second period, Espanyol were able to control much of the match without ever dominating for too long. The visitors' best chance came when Aritz Aduriz struck a low shot at goal, but it was too close to goalkeeper Diego Lopez.


Weekend Recap

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 03:  Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the La Liga match between Rayo Vallecano de Madrid and FC Barcelona at Campo de Futbol de Vallecas on November 3, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.  (Phot
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Barcelona seemed to be heading for a shock loss against Vallecano, before late on some of their main men came to the fore.

With three minutes remaining, an equaliser from Ousmane Dembele made it 2-2, before in the final minute of the game Luis Suarez continued his excellent recent form, nodding home a dramatic winner for the Blaugrana.

With Lionel Messi absent as of late because of injury, Suarez has seized responsibility in the final third for the champions:

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Suarez has got Barca covered. 💪 https://t.co/bfpDwnNrN5

Sevilla's inability to break down Real Sociedad meant Barca were four points clear at the top on Sunday night. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, were also held away from home by Leganes, making Suarez's late salvo potentially crucial in the title race.

Elsewhere, it was a big day for Solari on Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu, and for Vinicius Jr, who scored his first goal for Los Blancos after a deflected shot.

Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC was impressed with his display:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Vinicius got stroke of luck there for sure - but also at least showed energy and spirit with a driving run trying to make something happen.

The win puts Madrid into sixth, just three points back on Sevilla. With two wins from two games, it's been an impressive start from Solari so far after he took over from the sacked Julen Lopetegui a week ago.