La Liga Results 2018: Scores and Updated Table After Saturday's Week 12 Matches

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist INovember 10, 2018

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 10: Diego Godin of Atletico de Madrid celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between  Club Atletico de Madrid and Athletic Club at Wanda Metropolitano stadium on November 10, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Diego Godin scored a stoppage-time winner for Atletico Madrid as they twice came from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

The victory moves Diego Simeone's side into second place in the table, a point behind leaders Barcelona, who host Real Betis on Sunday.

Saturday's other matches saw Real Valladolid held by Eibar and Valencia take all three points at Getafe, while Girona and Leganes ended goalless.


Saturday's Scores

Real Valladolid 0-0 Eibar

Getafe 0-1 Valencia

Atletico Madrid 3-2 Athletic Bilbao

Girona 0-0 Leganes


La Liga Standings (Games, Points, Goal Difference)

1. Barcelona: 11, 24, +17

2. Atletico Madrid: 12, 23, +8

3. Espanyol: 11, 21, +8

4. Sevilla: 11, 20, +9

5. Alaves: 11, 20, +4

6. Real Madrid: 11, 17, +2

7. Real Valladolid: 12, 17, 0

8. Levante: 12, 17, -1

9. Girona: 12, 17, -1

10. Real Sociedad: 12, 16, +1

11. Getafe: 12, 16, +1

12. Eibar: 12, 15, -6

13. Celta Vigo: 11, 14, +4

14. Valencia: 12, 14, -1

15. Real Betis: 11, 13, -4

16. Villarreal: 11, 10, -2

17. Athletic Bilbao: 12, 10, -6

18. Leganes: 12, 10, -7

19. Rayo Vallecano: 11, 6, -11

20. Huesca: 11, 6, -14


Saturday Recap

Athletic Bilbao went in search of their first victory since the opening day of the season against Atletico, and they took the lead on 36 minutes when Inaki Williams poked the ball home after Mikel San Jose had hit the crossbar.

Williams should have doubled Athletic's lead in the second half, and Thomas Partey punished his wastefulness when he levelled with a fierce strike past goalkeeper Iago Herrerin at his near post on the hour mark.

Athletic's response was impressive, as they went ahead again three minutes later. Iker Muniain sent Williams through on goal, and he kept his composure to finish past Jan Oblak.

Opta noted how he made history with his strike:

OptaJose @OptaJose

2 - Iñaki Williams is the first player to score a brace at the @Metropolitano versus Atlético de Madrid (all competitions). Panther. https://t.co/gKwphpXF3i

Sports journalist Robbie Dunne observed that Godin picked up an injury before Williams' goal, but he was unable to come off as Atletico had used all three substitutes:

Robbie Dunne @robbiejdunne

Godin’s hamstring just disintegrated into dust trying to chase Iñaki for his second goal. He wasn’t even able to catch him and pull him down.

Rodri restored parity for Atletico with 10 minutes of normal time remaining when he headed home a corner, and it was then left to Godin to seal the three points. The limping defender headed home Antoine Griezmann's flick-on after 91 minutes.

The goal was initially ruled out for offside, but the decision was overturned after a VAR review to spark wild celebrations from the home fans.

Sportswriter Andy West explained what the result means for Athletic boss Eduardo Berizzo:

Andy West @andywest01

There's been talk Berizzo would be fired by Athletic with a defeat today. If that game really was the decisive factor, he should stay. Team played well, committed, together, and came close to winning at Atlético. Not the performance of a team which needs a change of manager.

Athletic have now gone 11 La Liga games without a win and remain four points off the bottom. Atletico were far from their best, but the win perfectly sets up their encounter with champions Barcelona after the international break.

Meanwhile, Valencia picked up just their second La Liga win of the season, and their first since September, at Getafe.

GETAFE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 10: Daniel Parejo of Valencia CF celebrates after his team beat tGetafe CF 1-0 in the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Valencia CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on November 10, 2018 in Getafe, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Ima
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The game saw another crucial late intervention by VAR, which awarded Valencia a penalty on 80 minutes after Bruno fouled Kevin Gameiro.

The decision was not initially given by referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea. However, after consulting VAR, he gave the spot-kick and dismissed Bruno with a second yellow card.

Dani Parejo made no mistake with his penalty to maintain his impressive record from the spot:

OptaJose @OptaJose

11 - @valenciacf_en’s Daniel Parejo has scored 11 penalty goals in LaLiga since the start of 2016/17 (13 penalties taken), more than any other player. Captain. https://t.co/y9Nmwvqifg

It's an important win for Los Che, who move into 14th and now have two wins in a week, following their UEFA Champions League victory over Young Boys on Wednesday.