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La Liga Results 2020 Week 25: Final Scores and Updated Table After Saturday

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2020

Barcelona's Lionel Messi, 4th from left, celebrates with team mates after scoring his side's fourth goal during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday Feb. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
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Barcelona were the big winners of Saturday's La Liga action, taking the standings lead from Real Madrid.

The Catalans crushed Eibar, courtesy of a four-goal haul from Lionel Messi. Later in the day, Los Blancos lost 1-0 to Levante. Eden Hazard suffered an ankle injury in the defeat.

It was a good day for the home teams, who all bagged wins while keeping clean sheets. Here are the full results:

  • Celta Vigo 1-0 Leganes
  • Barcelona 5-0 Eibar
  • Real Sociedad 3-0 Valencia
  • Levante 1-0 Real Madrid

The La Liga standings:

LaLiga @LaLiga

🔥🔝🔥 ¡El @FCBarcelona_es se pone LÍDER antes de #ElClásico! #LaLigaSantander https://t.co/seEspPe8wY

   

Messi had himself a day, making detractors forget all about the scoreless run he had been on.

The 32-year-old hadn't found the net in four straight matches―recording six assists instead―but bagged a first-half hat-trick against Eibar. He started things off in style:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Messi nutmegged the defender before the chip 🤭 (via @beINSPORTSUSA) https://t.co/QnxX90qCqW

The Basques had a dreadful day, but that shouldn't take away from Barcelona's performance. It was the team's best under new manager Quique Setien, showing off their crisp passing without giving away too much space at the back.

New signing Martin Braithwaite, controversially poached from Leganes as an emergency injury replacement, made an immediate impact as a substitute:

total Barça @totalBarca

Braithwaite’s actually come on and done a madness. He’s set up 2 goals in 20 minutes. WHAT A DEBUT, SON!

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Things only got better for the Blaugrana later in the day, as Real Madrid slumped to a defeat away to Leganes. Los Blancos dominated possession but barely created any chances, and with just over 10 minutes left to play, Jose Luis Morales let fly, beating Thibaut Courtois at his near post.

It had been a while since the La Liga giants lost in the league:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Real Madrid have lost in LaLiga for the first time since since October; Levante end Los Blancos' 15-game unbeaten league run. Man City up next... then El Clásico. 🥴 https://t.co/ECtWKe1cVT

To make matters worse, Hazard limped off with what appeared to be an ankle injury. It couldn't come at a worse time, with the UEFA Champions League tie against Manchester City and the Clasico against Barcelona on the horizon.

La Real muscled into the top-four conversation, beating Valencia 3-0:

The Spanish Football Podcast @tsf_podcast

Full time at Anoeta. Real Sociedad 3-0 Valencia. The result takes La Real 4th for now, level on points with Atleti and Sevilla. As for Valencia's defending... Oh dear

Mikel Merino got the opener, and former Arsenal star Nacho Monreal doubled the lead. Adnan Januzaj capped off a great outing with a stunning third goal.

In Galicia, Leganes wasted a golden opportunity in their battle against relegation, losing 1-0 to 10-men Celta Vigo. Filip Bradaric got a straight red card because of a hard foul in the first half, and Iago Aspas netted the winner after the break.

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