Real Madrid a point ahead of Barcelona

Madrid, March 3: Real Madrid are precariously perched at the top of the Spanish Primera Liga soccer league table, just a point ahead of Barcelona and three in front of Atletico after their Marid derby ended in a 2-2 draw.

A win for Real Sunday would have put them six points clear of their neighbors, but Atletico knew that if they could overcome the league leaders it would leapfrog them in the table.

The league standings after Sunday’s matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points):

Real Madrid 26 20 4 2 73 26 64

Barcelona 26 20 3 3 74 21 63

Atletico Madrid 26 19 4 3 61 21 61

Athletic Bilbao 26 15 5 6 49 30 50

Villarreal 26 13 5 8 47 31 44

Real Sociedad 26 12 7 7 46 36 43

Sevilla 26 10 8 8 44 41 38

Levante 26 9 9 8 26 31 36

Valencia 26 10 5 11 38 37 35

Espanyol 26 9 6 11 29 32 33

Elche 26 7 8 11 23 37 32

Celta Vigo 26 8 6 12 32 37 30

Osasuna 26 8 5 13 24 39 29

Granada 26 8 3 15 22 36 27

Getafe 26 7 6 13 23 40 27

Malaga 26 6 8 12 24 35 26

Almeria 26 7 5 14 25 46 26

Valladolid 26 4 11 11 28 44 23

Rayo Vallecano 26 7 2 17 26 59 23

Real Betis 26 3 6 18 21 56 15

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