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La Liga Table 2018 Week 13: Updated Standings Following Friday's Results

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 23, 2018

LEGANES, SPAIN - OCTOBER 30:  Youssef En-Nesyri of Leganes celebrates scoring his team's opening goal during the Copa del Rey match between Leganes and Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Municipal de Butarque on October 30, 2018 in Leganes, Spain.  (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Alaves missed the chance to move to the top of La Liga table on Friday, as they were beaten 1-0 by Leganes at Butarque.

The victory came after Youssef En-Nesyri's 42nd-minute goal for the home side, and the three points put Leganes out of the relegation zone ahead of the rest of the weekend's action. Alaves remain in fourth, a point behind leaders Barcelona having played a game more.

On Saturday, all eyes will be on the capital, as Atletico Madrid welcome Barcelona in a heavyweight showdown. 

Here's a recap of the action from a crucial night at both ends of the La Liga table, as well as a look at what else is to come this weekend.

    

La Liga Fixtures - Week 13

Friday, November 23

Leganes 1-0 Alaves

   

Saturday, November 24

Eibar vs. Real Madrid

Valencia vs. Rayo Vallecano

Huesca vs. Levante

Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona

   

Sunday, November 25

Athletic Bilbao vs. Getafe

Sevilla vs. Real Valladolid

Espanyol vs. Girona

Villarreal vs. Real Betis

   

Monday, November 26

Real Sociedad vs. Celta Vigo

      

The full La Liga table can be found on the competition website.

   

Friday Recap

Given both of these sides operate with caution in terms of style, it wasn't a major surprise to see little goalmouth action in the first period. However, Leganes did most of the pressing and took a deserved lead before half-time.

A deep cross was diverted back into the box by Jonathan Silva, where En-Nesyri was on hand to bundle home from close range:

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It was enough to put the home side 1-0 up at the break, and Spanish football journalist Simon Harrison commented on how well Leganes were performing:

Simon Harrison @simonhfootball

Leganés have definitely benefitted from the timing of the international break. Good opportunity to get the bulk of the squad even more familiar with one another. They’re coached well.

Even though they knew a win would've taken them to the top of the table, Alaves were struggling to find much in attack in response in the second period, with the hosts still showing more of a threat in the final third and strong defensive cohesion.

In the end, they should've improved their position late on, as Guido Carrillo failed to beat Fernando Pacheco with a header from close range. Nevertheless, the home supporters went home happy as the final whistle blew not long after.

   

Weekend Preview

The showpiece game at the weekend comes from the Wanda Metropolitano, as Atletico host Barcelona knowing three points would be enough for them to usurp the defending champions and table-toppers.

While the Blaugrana welcomed Lionel Messi back last time out and he didn't look like he'd been away, the forward was unable to do much about some horrendous defending in the 4-3 home loss to Betis.

Even for Messi and his remarkable career, the fixture churned out some firsts:

OptaJose @OptaJose

1 - Barcelona have lost a game in which Lionel Messi has scored two or more goals for the first time ever in all competitions. Kryptonite. https://t.co/bgjC1NtDMD

A trip to Atletico is far from ideal for Barcelona if they are feeling a little vulnerable following that home defeat. Especially after Atletico rallied late on to grab a galvanising win over Athletic in their last match.

In that encounter, a stricken Diego Godin was tossed forward as an emergency striker and scored deep into injury time with the game level at 2-2.

Per The Spanish Football Podcast, the Uruguayan was clearly not in the best of condition when he did snaffle the winner:

The Spanish Football Podcast @tsf_podcast

Godín: “I was broken....there were no changes left, I said ‘I’m staying’. I went up front as a striker who couldn’t move.” And...goal!

On the back of that, the Wanda will be pumped for this encounter. Atletico midfielder Saul Niguez posted this clip of the home supporters on the eve of the game:

Saúl Ñiguez Esclapez @saulniguez

¡INCREIBLE AFICIÓN! ⚪️🔴 Sois el principal motivo para hacer que @Atleti sea tan especial. Motivación, constancia y lucha 💪🏼 - ¡Vamos con todo! #AupaAtleti. https://t.co/ciCHnizkQN

Earlier in the day, Real Madrid will look to continue their resurgence under Santiago Solari when they travel to Eibar.

Sevilla were in second spot heading into this round of fixtures and will hope to capitalise on Saturday night's big game when they host Valladolid on Sunday. Later that day, Villarreal's game against Betis is another eye-catching encounter.

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