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How the Spanish La Liga Table Stands After the End of Matchday 8

   After an entertaining matchday 8 in La Liga, there have been some changes in the league standings. After matchday 8, Real Madrid is still ahead of the pack but only on goal difference as the likes of Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad have caught up with them. Real Madrid fell to a shock 2-1 defeat against Espanyol and this means they are still on 17 points for the season. Atletico Madrid is second on the log with 17 points but an inferior goal difference to Real Madrid. Five goals separate the two teams after Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 on matchday 8. Real Sociedad is also tied with the two Madrid clubs on 17 points but is third on the standings because their number of goals scored pales in relation to Real Madrid's and Atletico Madrid's. 

   Sevilla lost their matchday 8 match against 17th-placed Granada and they have 14 points and a game in hand. They are fourth on the log. Osasuna is fifth on the log with 14 points but an inferior goal difference to Sevilla

   Rayo Vallecano and Athletic Bilbao are sixth and seventh on the log respectively. The two teams are tied on 13 points but separated by goal difference. Valencia, who played a 0-0 draw against Cadiz, Barcelona, who were beaten 2-nil by Atletico Madrid, and Real Betis, who lost 2-0 to Villarreal are eighth, ninth, and tenth respectively. The three teams are tied on 12 points but separated by goal difference. 

    Villarreal and Mallorca are tied on 11 points for the season. Both teams are in the eleventh and twelfth positions respectively. Espanyol, who got a shock win against Real Madrid and Elche are tied on 9 points. They occupy the thirteenth and fourteenth positions and are only separated by goal difference. 

   Celta de Vigo and Cadiz are tied on 7 points and they occupy the fifteenth and sixteenth positions. Granada, who got their first La Liga win of the season against Sevilla occupy the seventeenth position with 6 points. The eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth positions are occupied by Levante, Deportivo Alaves, and Getafe respectively. 

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