La Liga Results 2018 Week 15: Final Scores and Updated Table After Saturday

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IDecember 8, 2018

CORNELLA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 8: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates during the La Liga Santander  match between Espanyol v FC Barcelona at the RCDE Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Cornella Spain (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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Lionel Messi produced a masterclass on Saturday night as Barcelona coasted to a 4-0 victory over neighbours Espanyol at the Cornella-El Prat.

The Barcelona captain scored two brilliant free-kicks and produced an assist for Ousmane Dembele in an emphatic victory.

The win means Barcelona extend their lead at the top of La Liga to three points.

Sevilla remain in second after a 1-1 draw at Valencia, while Atletico Madrid beat Alaves 3-0 and are third.

     

Saturday's Scores

Atletico Madrid 3-0 Alaves

Valencia 1-1 Sevilla

Villarreal 2-3 Celta Vigo

Espanyol 0-4 Barcelona

    

Standings (matches played, goal difference and points)

1. Barcelona: 15, +22, 31

2. Sevilla: 15, +11, 28

3. Atletico Madrid: 15, +11, 28

4. Alaves: 15, +1, 24

5. Real Madrid: 14, +3, 23

6. Getafe: 15, +4, 21

7. Levante: 14, +2, 21

8. Girona: 14, +1, 21

9. Espanyol: 15, -3, 21

10. Celta Vigo: 15, +4, 20

11. Real Sociedad: 14, +1, 19

12. Real Betis: 14, -3, 19

13. Valencia: 15, 0, 18

14. Eibar: 14, -4, 18

15. Real Valladolid: 14, -3, 17

16. Leganes: 15, -4, 17

17. Villarreal: 15, -4, 14

18. Athletic Bilbao: 14, -9, 11

19. Rayo Vallecano: 14, -13, 10

20. Huesca: 14, -17, 7

   

Saturday Recap

Messi was in inspirational form for Barcelona and needed only 17 minutes to open the scoring. He curled home an unstoppable free-kick which a diving Diego Lopez could get nowhere near.

Opta noted how it was another landmark goal for the captain:

He set up the second for Dembele less than 10 minutes later. He managed to beat a host of Espanyol defenders on the edge of the box, even losing his footing, but managed to get back up and slide the ball through to the Frenchman to curl home.

Football journalist Rik Sharma was impressed:

Luis Suarez poked home Barcelona's third from a tight angle just before half-time before Messi grabbed his second with another sensational free-kick.

Goal's Peter Staunton offered his view:

It was a superb performance from Messi which sees Barcelona earn some breathing space at the top of the table. Espanyol have now lost four league games in a row after a strong start to the season.

Sevilla lost ground on the leaders after they were held by Valencia. Pablo Machin's side had taken the lead in the second half through Pablo Sarabia.

The winger slotted home on 55 minutes from close range to put Sevilla ahead. Opta highlighted Sarabia's record this season:

Sevilla looked set to take all three points until Mouctar Diakhaby levelled in stoppage time.

Dani Parejo sent in a free-kick from the right, and Diakhaby managed to nod past goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.

The draw means Sevilla are now level on points and have the same goal difference as Atletico Madrid, who enjoyed a 3-0 win against Alaves at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Nikola Kalinic sent the hosts on their way with the opening goal on 25 minutes. However, Atletico suffered a setback when Lucas Hernandez was forced off 10 minutes later.

Atletico offered an update on his condition:

Antoine Griezmann doubled Atletico's lead on 82 minutes from a tight angle before Rodri tapped home the third after Fernando Pacheco had denied Angel Correa.

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