Football: Title race intensifies in Spanish La Liga

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The title race in Spain intensified as La Liga giants Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla failed to gain wins over the weekend.

Barcelona suffered a shocking 3-1 loss against Levante in an away match, as the Valencia-based team managed to beat Barça in an impressive comeback, winning their second match in a row.

Real Madrid missed a chance to take the top spot following disappointing 1-1 draw with Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu.

Atletico Madrid drew with Sevilla 1-1 in a highly-anticipated match of the week at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Since the “El Clasico” was delayed amid violent Catalan protests in Barcelona, Real Madrid and Barcelona have played 11 matches in La Liga so far.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Real Sociedad each have 22 points at the top of the standings while Atletico Madrid and Sevilla behind them with 21 points.

Real Sociedad jumped to third place after they beat Granada 2-1 in an away match to earn their third win in last four league matches.

Turkish international forward Enes Unal scored his first goal this season for Valladolid as they hammered Mallorca 3-0.

Leganes, Espanyol and Celta Vigo are currently in the relegation zone in the league.

Celta Vigo sacked Spanish manager Fran Escriba following the club’s defeat against Getafe 1-0 at home.

The La Liga club have been on a disappointing streak for their supporters after losing last four matches in the league.

Standings:

TeamPWDLPts
1-Barcelona1171322
2-Real Madrid1164122
3-Real Sociedad1271422
4-Atletico Madrid1256121
5-Sevilla1263321
6-Granada1262420
7-Getafe1254319
8-Villarreal1253418
9-Osasuna1246218
10-Athletic Bilbao1245317
11-Levante1252517
12-Real Valladolid1245317
13-Valencia1245317
14-Eibar1243515
15-Real Betis1234513
16-Alaves1233612
17-Mallorca1232911
18-Celta Vigo122379
19-Espanyol122288
20-Leganes121295

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