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La Liga Results 2020 Week 19: Final Scores and Updated Table After Saturday

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2020

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 04: David Lopez of RCD Espanyol competes for the ball with Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona during the Liga match between RCD Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE Stadium on January 04, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Barcelona stayed top in La Liga despite Espanyol holding them to a 2-2 draw in the Catalan derby on Saturday. Wu Lei equalised in the 88th minute against 10-man Barca, who saw Frenkie de Jong sent off for two yellow cards but stay ahead of Real Madrid on goal difference.

Real had gone top earlier in the day after putting three goals past Getafe away from home. Raphael Varane and Luka Modric were the goalscorers for Los Merengues.

Atletico Madrid kept the top two in their sights thanks to a 2-1 victory over Levante at home. Felipe netted what proved to be the winner for Atleti.

The day began with Maxi Gomez firing Valencia to a narrow win over Eibar, good enough to move Los Che into the top six.

     

Saturday Scores

  • Valencia 1-0 Eibar
  • Getafe 0-3 Real Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid 2-1 Levante
  • Espanyol 2-2 Barcelona

     

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

Real Madrid's win sees them draw level with Barça at the top of #LaLigaSantander! 💜 https://t.co/0s0iH9kYSE

     

Barca were stunned when David Lopez headed the hosts in front after 23 minutes at the RCDE Stadium. The quality in the Blaugrana's ranks means they are always in a game, though.

So it proved when Luis Suarez drew the hosts level five minutes after the break.

Premier Sports 📺 @PremierSportsTV

🔵🔴 Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez connect, and Barca are level in the derby! 👏 A neat near post finish from Suarez delivers the equaliser https://t.co/GRHJ8H4iGj

beIN SPORTS USA @beINSPORTSUSA

Luis "In The Sky With Diamonds" Suarez is left to roam free and @FCBarcelona have their equalizer against @RCDEspanyol #EspanyolBarca 📺 - beIN SPORTS 💻📱 - beIN SPORTS CONNECT: https://t.co/8Vw2z7cxwS https://t.co/rlQppyNIEk

Arturo Vidal gave Ernesto Valverde's team their first lead nine minutes later. The combative midfielder has been involved in a dispute over bonus payment with the club, per Reuters (h/t Daily Mail), but Vidal is still delivering on the pitch.

Barca should have made the points safe, but Diego Lopez saved twice from Suarez.

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

So nearly the assist of the season from Leo Messi! 👽 #EspanyolBarça https://t.co/YGhyHrp1zm

Espanyol's hopes of salvaging a point grew when De Jong was dismissed after his foul on Jonathan Calleri prompted a second booking.

China international Lei helped Espanyol take full advantage by finishing smartly from close range:

Premier Sports 📺 @PremierSportsTV

😱 WU LEI EQUALISES FOR ESPANYOL! 👏 Derby drama! A brilliant finish brings the home side level with Barca with a couple of minutes to go 🔵⚪ Can Espanyol push for a winner against Barca's 10-men? https://t.co/vXR8pl1FU2

Real were well on the way to three points after David Soria turned the ball into his own net. Varane made life difficult for Getafe stopper Soria, whose mistimed punch sent the ball the wrong way.

Varane was deemed onside when he got his head to a pinpoint delivery from Toni Kroos eight minutes after the restart. Modric capped the scoring deep into injury time when he was played in by Federico Valverde.

The scoreline somewhat flattered Los Blancos, who relied on Thibaut Courtois' superb display to help earn a clean sheet:

LaLiga @LaLigaEN

RT 🔁 if @thibautcourtois was your Man of the Match from #GetafeRealMadrid. 💪 https://t.co/nw128OC3Om

Real's city rivals Atletico also leaned on the man between the sticks. Jan Oblak's resistance proved key after a flurry of early goals against Levante. Angel Correa opened the scoring on 13 minutes, but Roger Marti soon equalised for Levante.

Felipe's 18th-minute header, along with Oblak's brilliance, proved enough for Atleti to take all three points:

OptaJose @OptaJose

14 - Jan Oblak has saved 14 of the last 17 shots on target he has faced for @atletienglish in @LaLigaEN (three goals conceded), including the last two against Levante. Hero. https://t.co/sL84DRJ2lv

Atletico also benefited from Thomas Partey's efficient performance at the heart of the engine room:

Statman Dave @StatmanDave

Thomas Partey’s game by numbers vs. Levante: 100% long ball accuracy 90% pass accuracy 4 successful take-ons 3 interceptions 2 tackles won 1 key pass Enjoying his best ever season. 🙌 https://t.co/kFvgvId8Vs

Valencia scored the winner after 27 minutes when a Daniel Wass cross found Gomez free inside the box. The Uruguay international powered a decisive finish into the bottom corner to keep Los Che's European hopes alive.

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