Granada produced the shock of the weekend on Saturday as they beat Barcelona 2-0, whilst Atletico Madrid were held by Celta Vigo.
The opening game on Saturday saw Real Valladolid travel to face Villarreal and was not until the final 15 minutes of the game that the home side asserted their dominace.
In-form Santi Cazorla opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Javier Ontiveros scored with 30 seconds remaining of normal time.
Saturday’s action then continued as Levante hosted Eibar in an entertaining 0-0. The home side dominated in terms of possession but the visitors will be ruing their missing chances which ultimately leave them 19th place in the league standings.
Atletico Madrid would then kick off in the afternoon against a Celta Vigo side, who are slowly improving after an inconsistent season last term.
Diego Simeone’s side had 20 attempts on goal but could only muster four on target, whilst they relinquished the overall possession stats to the travelling Galician side.
With no goals in the Levante/Eibar and the Atleti/Celta games, La Liga fans were hoping for a little more entertainment as Barcelona travelled to a Granada side in impressive form.
Lionel Messi was left on the bench and his absence was felt after just 60 seconds when Ramon Azeez scored to send the home crowd into raptures.
With Barca looking dead and buried, despite the slender lead – Alvaro Vadillo would rub salt into the wounds as he scored from the penalty spot to give the home side a well deserved 2-0 win.