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27 Jan 2016
FC Barcelona returned to the first place after three weeks in a matchday that was full of goals. Depor are now ninth with a mattress of eight points with relegation.

For the second straight week there were a lot of goals in la liga. The 37 goals scored during matchday 21, which was possible as only three teams remained scoreless, is the third highest mark on this campaign after matchday 20 (40) an matchday 8 (38). It was also a curious matchday as only one of the top six clubs was able to win.

And that side was FC Barcelona, team that returned to the top. Atlético Madrid only got a goalless draw visiting Sevilla CF, while the Catalans suffered, but added the three points at Málaga CF (1-2). They have now spent 11 of the 21 matchdays as the leaders.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are now four points behind the duo after a disappointing 1-1 draw visiting Real Betis. The other three clubs in European seats also suffered setbacks. Villarreal CF had to come back from behind twice to add a draw at RCD Espanyol (2-2).

The two clubs in Europa League suffered big losses, SD Eibar was trashed in their derby with Athletic Club (5-2), while a RC Celta full of substitutes lost at Rayo Vallecano (3-0). One of the main winners was Athletic Club as their victory over SD Eibar left them only two points behind the European zone. Deportivo only snatched a point hosting Valencia CF (1-1) and remain winless in 2016, but with an 8-point mattress with relegation.

The situation at the top of the standings:

place team points GF GA
1 Barcelona 48 52 16
2 Atlético 48 30 8
3 Real Madrid 44 58 20
4 Villarreal 41 28 18
5 Celta 34 32 33
6 Eibar 33 34 26
7 Sevilla 33 28 22
8 Athletic 31 32 30

The main news at the bottom is that Rayo Vallecano left the pit with their victory over RC Celta. UD Las Palmas returned to relegation after losing visiting direct rival Levante UD (3-2).  The Valencians remain at the bottom. Sporting Gijón returned to winning ways and crashed Real Sociedad (5-1), but they remain penultimate. Finally, Granada CF climbed a position thanks to their home win over Getafe CF (3-2).

The situation at the bottom of the standings:

place team points GF GA
16 Granada 20 24 43
17 Rayo Vallecano 19 26 45
18 Las Palmas 18 21 33
19 Sporting 18 22 35
20 Levante 17 20 38

The first two places collide at the Camp Nu as Atlético Madrid visit FC Barcelona in a game that could be decisive in the quest for the title. Real Madrid will try to bounce back as they have a more accessible meeting hosting RCD Espanyol, while Deportivo wait until Monday in order to host Rayo Vallecano.

The matchday is completed with other seven games: SD Eibar Vs. Málaga CF; Getafe CF Vs. Athletic Club; Villarreal CF Vs. Granada CF; Real Sociedad Vs. Real Betis; Sevilla CF Vs. Levante UD, Valencia CF Vs. Sporting Gijón and UD Las Palmas Vs. RC Celta  




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