FC Barcelona ends year 10 points ahead

December 22, 2008

FC Barcelona’s win against Villarreal on Sunday night mean they finish 2008 10 points ahead of Sevilla in second place.

Once again Barça has shown no mercy for a team that should be amongst their toughest competitors, and that was with the twin disadvantages of conceding the first goal and finishing one man down.

Villarreal scored at the beginning of the second half, after a battle for possession in the first, but just a few minutes later Keita equalised off his head off a cross from Dani Alves. Keeping up the heat, Xavi helped Henry score the winning goal.

While things looked to be going Barcelona’s way, Pique was yellow carded twice within the space of a few minutes, the first Barcelona player to be sent off this season, although the second card appears to have been unwarranted.

La Liga Table – year end 2008

  Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Barcelona

16

13

2

1

48

10

41

2 Sevilla

16

9

4

3

23

14

31

3 At. Madrid

16

9

3

4

38

23

30

4 Valencia

16

9

3

4

30

20

30

5 Real Madrid

16

9

2

5

34

26

29

6 Villarreal

16

8

5

3

27

21

29

7 Deportivo

16

8

3

5

20

18

27

8 Valladolid

16

7

2

7

25

24

23

9 Malaga

16

6

4

6

24

26

22

10 Getafe

16

5

6

5

23

25

21

11 Gijon

16

7

0

9

24

35

21

12 Athletic

16

5

4

7

20

24

19

13 Betis

16

5

3

8

21

22

18

14 Santander

16

4

6

6

18

22

18

15 Numancia

16

5

2

9

21

33

17

16 Almeria

16

4

4

8

16

25

16

17 Mallorca

16

3

5

8

17

29

14

18 Espanyol

16

3

4

9

14

25

13

19 Huelva

16

3

4

9

11

26

13

20 Osasuna

16

2

6

8

16

22

12

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