Sergio Ramos was sent off as Real Madrid were held by Athletic Bilbao on Saturday evening.
Both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo both hit the upright as Zinedine Zidane’s side failed to get past a resilient Basque defence.
Madrid needed three points to put pressure on the top three, especially after seeing league leaders and bitter rivals Barcelona drew with Celta Vigo 2-2 earlier in the day.
However, frustrations continues to show as they came away with just a point and failed to score.
The visitors finished with ten-men after Sergio Ramos was dismissed for two yellow cards, whilst Dani Carvajal and Casemiro both picked up yellow cards which see them ruled out of next weekend’s clash with Sevilla.
Elsewhere, on Saturday – league leaders Barcelona were unable to beat Celta Vigo, dropping their second successive two-points in the league.
Iago Aspas put the Galician side 1-0 up at the Camp Nou before Lionel Messi notched his 17th goal of the season in all competitions.
Luis Suarez had seemingly put the Catalan side ahead and on course for three points but Maxi Gomez had other ideas and scored a leveller.
Atletico Madrid move to a point behind Valencia as they came from behind to beat Real Sociedad at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Willian Jose had put the Basque side ahead before goals from Filipe Luis and Antoine Griezmann ensured the three points for Diego Simeone’s side.