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La Liga Results 2019: Table, Scores and Reaction After Final Week 23 Match

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2019

VITORIA-GASTEIZ, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 11: Wakaso Mubarak of Deportivo Alaves (C) competes for the ball with Jorge Andujar 'Koke' of Levante UD (R) during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Levante UD at Estadio de Mendizorroza on February 11, 2019 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Alaves climbed back into La Liga's top six on Monday after they beat Levante 2-0 to snap a four-match winless streak and move back ahead of Real Betis in the standings.

Victor Laguardia's first-half header was the difference between the two sides for the vast majority of their clash at Estadio de Mendizorroza. Winger Jony turned in a second to double their advantage in injury time.

Levante have now lost their last five away matches in a row and are 13th in La Liga, with only four points separating them from the bottom three.

Monday's hosts had failed to score in their previous three games and have rejuvenated their European qualification hopes thanks to their Week 23 win. Alaves' next test is an essential trip to Real Betis, who sit three points and one place below Abelardo Fernandez's side.

         

Week 23 Results

Real Valladolid 0-0 Villarreal

Getafe 3-1 Celta Vigo

Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid

Espanyol 2-1 Rayo Vallecano

Girona 0-2 Huesca

Leganes 3-0 Real Betis

Valencia 0-0 Real Sociedad

Sevilla 2-2 Eibar

Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona

Alaves 2-0 Levante

        

La Liga Standings (Points, Goal Difference)

1. Barcelona: 51, +37

2. Real Madrid: 45, +13

2. Atletico Madrid: 44, +16

4. Sevilla: 37, +13

5. Getafe: 35, +9

6. Alaves: 35, -3

7. Real Betis: 32, -3

8. Valencia: 31, +4

9. Real Sociedad: 31, +2

10. Eibar: 30, -1

11. Leganes: 29, -2

12. Espanyol: 28, -10

13. Levante: 27, -10

14. Athletic Bilbao: 27, -5

15. Valladolid: 26, -9

16. Girona: 24, -10

17. Celta Vigo: 24, -4

18. Rayo Vallecano: 23, -13

19. Villarreal: 20, -8

20. Huesca: 18, -16

        

Recap

Slim though Monday's win might have been, Alaves will have first and foremost been happy just to get goals on the board. 

Striker Borja Baston scored their last goal away to Girona on January 12, with Fernandez's men since going 320 minutes without a goal in all competitions.

The European hopefuls have found their forte in scoring and went back to basics as central defender Laguardia headed in their breakthrough, with striker Jonathan Calleri having hit the woodwork minutes earlier, per OptaJose:

OptaJose @OptaJose

35% - Alaves have scored 35% of their goals from headers in @LaLigaEN this season (8/23), the highest percentage of any side. Anvil. https://t.co/XcRc5Zm8x5

Levante ended the match with 52 per cent of possession but toiled with the ball at times and were outshot by their hosts, 15-8. Not only that, but of those eight attempts, Levante failed to hit the target once, per WhoScored.com.

There were also scenes in the stands as many Alaves fans stayed outside the ground for the first five minutes of the match in protest at Monday night fixtures, per The Spanish Football Podcast:

The Spanish Football Podcast @tsf_podcast

Alavés fan protest leaves the Mendizorroza stands empty again for first five minutes tonight https://t.co/400gTd2UmF

La Liga Lowdown posted footage of a more artistic protest from some Alaves supporters, which involved visual props:

La Liga Lowdown 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ @LaLigaLowdown

⚰ CASKET CASE ⚰ Yes, it's happening. Alavés fans are carrying around a casket as a symbol of the Death of Football. Now... this escalated quickly 📽 @alavestequiero2 #LLL 🧡🇪🇸⚽️ https://t.co/YXPB4mhwZH

Paco Lopez's visitors have struggled away from home of late but could have taken something from Monday's trip with the proper approach. Top scorer Roger Marti was starved of chances up front and too often looked short of options once finding his way into enemy territory.

Cheick Doukoure was largely at fault for Alaves' late second and allowed winger Jony to steal in for a relatively simple finish two minutes into injury time.

That score left the result beyond doubt and extended Levante's barren run away from home, while Alaves get their second win of 2019 and push back into the UEFA Europa League debate.

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