La Liga's 2013-14 season slate will continue throughout the weekend with Matchday 15 as a trio of powerhouse clubs look to continue their grasp on the league.
Barcelona remain atop the table with 40 points, having not been beaten and only drawn once all season long in their quest for a repeat. They showed no signs of slowing down in the midst of Lionel Messi's injury, winning 4-0 against Granada in their first showing since the Argentine went down.
Behind them, Atletico Madrid are still holding firm at 37 points with Real Madrid three back of them. Despite Los Blancos outscoring their opponents 10-1 in their last two games, they haven't yet been able to overcome two early-season losses in the standings.
Those are far from the only teams in action over the weekend, as all 20 teams in La Liga will take the pitch looking to improve and climb up the ranks.
Here's a look at the standings for Matchday 15.
|La Liga Table: Matchday 15|
Atletico Madrid 2, Elche 0
Diego Costa, the league's second-leading scorer, netted his 15th goal on the season in the 74th-minute to secure three points for Atletico Madrid. This came just a few minutes after Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion opened the scoring for his club in the 63rd.
Elche hung tough on defense, but ultimately could not get anything going on offense. The club had few opportunities and could not capitalize on the ones given.
Atletico Madrid secured its 17th win in all competitions to go along with four draws and one loss. It took some time for their 17th win to materialize, but things began to go their way after the 63rd minute when Resurreccion netted a goal.
Next up for Atletico Madrid will be Valencia, and Elche will take on Levante during Week 16.
Celta Vigo 3, Almeria 1
Celta Vigo went down a goal early before goals from Fabian Orellana, Borja Oubina and Charles secured the victory.
Suso, on loan from Liverpool, put Almeria (the visiting club) ahead after just 10 minutes of play. He used his left foot from just inside the area to net the first goal of the match.
Orellana responded in the 26th-minute with the equalizer, and Oubina gave Celta Vigo the lead just four minutes after play restarted. Charles added an insurance goal just before the hour mark.
The outcome was significant for both clubs. For Almeria, it represents their second-straight loss. They'll need to pick it up in Week 16 to end the streak. The win represents the first at Balaidos for Celta Vigo, and that should bode well for their confidence moving forward.
Real Madrid 4, Valladolid 0
Real Madrid moved closer to Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of the Spanish Primera Division standings with their 4-0 shutout of Valladoli at Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale stole the show, netting three goals and setting up Karim Benzema for another goal. Bale got the scoring started in the 33rd-minute with a header, then set up Benzema beautifully just three minutes later. Bale netted two more later in the match for good measure.
The win marks Madrid's fifth-straight, and it also means they stay within three points of Barcelona and Atletico. Barcelona will play on Sunday, so that gap may change.
Madrid played each half in an intense manner, and that resulted in a decisive victory. Valladolid didn't have an answer for the offensive onslaught, and they weren't able to control the ball much themselves.
Madrid will look to make it six-straight wins in Week 16 against Osasuna.
Real Sociedad 2, Espanyol 1
Real Sociedad may have taken home the 2-1 victory, but it didn't look as if they would come out on top at the onset. Espanyol began the scoring, as Cordoba scored in the 32nd-minute to give his club the lead.
Sociedad didn't tie it up until the 69th-minute when Griezmann put a header into the back of the net. Espanyol had seemingly controlled play up to this point, but Greizmann breathed new life into his club with the header.
The match appeared to be headed for a drawer until the 88th-minute when Pardo netted a cross to give Sociedad the lead. Sociedad then had to defend their lead for just five minutes (there were three minutes of extra time) before notching the victory.
Sociedad will take on Real Betis is Week 16. Espanyol will look to hand Almeria another loss.
Getafe 1, Levante 0
In a defensive battle that came down to the wire, Getafe squeaked past Levante on a late goal to move into sixth place in the La Liga table after Friday.
Playing at home in Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe were able to control the pace with 61 percent possession and took advantage of one of their two shots on goal. A 79th-minute goal from Pedro Leon was enough to get the three points for the home squad.
After winning just once in their last five tries and coming off an embarrassing and demoralizing 7-0 loss to Atletico Madrid, Getafe's strong result was much needed for the club.
Meanwhile, Levante's loss assured them that they would finish November without a win or a draw. Their last winning result was Oct. 31 against Espanyol.
Villarreal 1, Malaga 1
Estadio El Madrigal was rocking. The home squad, Villarreal, was just seconds away from coming within four points of Real Madrid in the table off a big win on Friday.
Malaga's Weligton had other ideas. His stoppage-time header in the 94th minute tied things up in the closing seconds, and his team escaped with a 1-1 draw.
Bruno Soriano put Villarreal in front in the 32nd minute, and for much of the contest, it seemed as if that would be enough to get them three points. But in the end, they could not overcome just 40 percent possession and eventually wore down in the final seconds.
It's been a season to forget for Malaga, who are still just 14th in the standings after Friday, but one point is a whole lot better than none.
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