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La Liga - Real Madrid steals the show on MD 23

La Liga - Real Madrid steals the show on Matchday 23

February 11, 2019 By Oscar Rojas
Solari's men are now second in La Liga, six points behind Barcelona in the title race.

The Madrid Derby kept fans talking about both Real Madrid and Atlético throughout the weekend, mainly due to the consequences that Los Blancos' win could have in the competition.

Atlético had enjoyed having the second spot in La Liga all to themselves for almost the entire duration of 2019, but Real Madrid's latest surge has seen Solari's men leapfrog their bitter rivals. If Real Madrid needed more good news, Barcelona's draw against Athletic gives them even more hope of recovering the La Liga title, especially with a new El Clásico coming on March 2.

Here's how La Liga's standings look like after 23 games.

 

Pos.TeamMPWDLGFGAGDPForm
1 Barcelona 38 26 9 3 90 36 +54 87 DWLWW
2 Atlético Madrid 38 22 10 6 55 29 +26 76 DDLWW
3 Real Madrid 38 21 5 12 63 46 +17 68 LLWLD
4 Valencia 38 15 16 7 51 35 +16 61 WWWLL
5 Getafe 38 15 14 9 48 35 +13 59 DLWLD
6 Sevilla 38 17 8 13 62 47 +15 59 WDLLW
7 Espanyol 38 14 11 13 48 50 -2 53 WWWDD
8 Athletic Club 38 13 14 11 41 45 -4 53 LWLDW
9 Real Sociedad 38 13 11 14 45 46 -1 50 LWWWL
10 Real Betis 38 14 8 16 44 52 -8 50 WWLDL
11 Deportivo Alavés 38 13 11 14 39 50 -11 50 WLLDL
12 Eibar 38 11 14 13 46 50 -4 47 DLWWL
13 Leganés 38 11 12 15 37 43 -6 45 LLWDL
14 Villarreal 38 10 14 14 49 52 -3 44 DWLDW
15 Levante 38 11 11 16 59 66 -7 44 DWWLW
16 Real Valladolid 38 10 11 17 32 51 -19 41 LWWLW
17 Celta de Vigo 38 10 11 17 53 62 -9 41 DLWDD
18 Girona 38 9 10 19 37 53 -16 37 LLLWL
19 Huesca 38 7 12 19 43 65 -22 33 WLLDW
20 Rayo Vallecano 38 8 8 22 41 70 -29 32 DLLWL
Champions League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Group Stage)
Europa League (Qualification)
Relegation - LaLiga2

Gareth Bale celebrates milestone

The Welshman may not have started the game against Los Colchoneros, but he surely found a way to make his presence felt during the derby. Bale scored the final goal for Los Blancos at Wanda Metropolitano, which helped him reach 100 goals for the Spanish giants in all competitions. Captain Sergio Ramos gave him a special gift to commemorate the occasion.

Messi ends La Liga goalscoring streak

His goalscoring antics had ended last Wednesday against Real Madrid, but he confirmed the end of quite a good streak on Sunday's clash against Athletic. During a key moment in the competition, Lionel Messi was not able to score for Barcelona, something that had been quite frequent for five months.

"Lionel Messi's goalscoring streak comes to an end after eight straight La Liga games for Barcelona (the third longest streak in his career)

Ter Stegen, the unbeatable one

Barcelona must thank their goalkeeper for keeping a sizeable gap between themselves and Real Madrid, mainly due to his performance this Sunday. The imperious German has kept Barcelona's defense as one of the best in the league, with one of the lowest amount of goals allowed during the 2018-19 campaign.

Pichichi race

Neither Messi nor Suárez found the back of the net on Sunday, giving those behind them a chance to cut their lead short.

Words of wisdom: Diego Simeone

Most fans were mad for how things ended between Real Madrid and Atlético, since they believed VAR had a hand in Los Blancos' win. Fiery coach Diego Simeone put those arguments to bed with quite an accurate statement after the game.

"I definitely don't think we lost because of VAR. The opposition were better than us and more convincing. They had a very good game. So we congratulate them and prepare for the next one,"Simeone said.

 

 


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