Saturday’s La Liga action saw Real Madrid fail to take spot from Barcelona, who were beaten by Levante on the road.
The first action of the day saw struggling Espanyol take on Valencia and it was the away side who proved to be winners.
It was in fact the home side who opened the scoring when Marc Roca struck a well taken penalty just after the half hour mark, but second half goals from Los Che captain Dani Parejo and Maxi Gomez saw Albert Celades’s side travel back to Valencia with all three points.
The result leaves Espanyol in the relegation zone and pressure is now firmly on to improve result ahead of the winter break in December.
It was then over to the Ciudad de Valencia as Levante looked to repeat their impressive form over Barcelona.
That hope looked over and done with in the first half as Lionel Messi scored from the penalty spot after Nelson Semedo was hauled down in the box.
Despite Barca’s 1-0 lead at the break though, Ernesto Valverde’s side returned to the pitch and produced a lacklustre second half display.
Impressive midfielder Jose Campana struck first for the home side, before Borja Mayoral scored a sublime goal to take the lead.
Nemanja Radoja put the icing on the cake for the hosts to make it 3-1 and Barca would then have all eyes on Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid later in the day to keep their top spot.
Atletico Madrid have struggled of late but Diego Simeone was hoping for a solid performance against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Argentine midfielder Franco Vazquez was having none of that though as he opened the scoring just before the half hour mark.
Diego Costa continued his poor form in front of goal as he missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed, but it was his strike partner Alvaro Morata was on hand to grab a point for the visitors.
Finally to cap the action off on Saturday, Real Madrid looked to go top of the table as they welcomed Real Betis to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, a resilient performance from the Andalusian visitors saw Zinedine Zidane’s side fail to score and be held to a 0-0 draw.