Most of the teams at the top of the table won at the weekend, with Bilbao and Espanyol slipping up at home and losing ground on the leading pack
There were also wins for two of the strugglers –Granada and Real Sociedad, whilst Sporting slip back into the bottom three
Real Madrid duly won the derby at the Bernabeu on Saturday and Valencia also got the points at Rayo, whilst Levante turned round their dip in results with a good win against Sporting, Seville won in Zaragoza and Malaga overcame Villarreal 2-1 on Monday night.
Penalties punish Atletico
A red card for Atletico Madrid keeper Courtois with the visitors one up gave Real a penalty and turned the game around on Saturday at the Bernabeu. Second half goals from Di Maria, Higuain and another penalty from Ronaldo saw Real through and to make matters worse for their city neighbours, Atletico ended up with 9 men after Godin was also sent off late on. Third place Valencia moved to within a point of Barça with a 1-2 win at Rayo, where Jonas and Tino scored for Emery's team before Tamudo got a late consolation for the hosts. Levante are a further point behind, after their convincing 4-0 win over Sporting – good preparation for their visit to the Camp Nou at the weekend.
Malaga overcome Villarreal
Malaga lead the chase after the top four, sitting in fifth, three points behind Levante following their 2-1 win over Villarreal on Monday. Toulalan and Isco scored for Pellegrini's team, with Marco Ruben on the mark for Villarreal, and they withstood a second half onslaught from Villarreal, made tougher after goalscorer Toulalan was sent off on 75 minutes. Seville are just behind Malaga following their 0-1 win in Zaragoza where a 23rd minute Negredo penalty was enough to give them the points.
Bilbao and Espanyol slip up
Bilbao and Espanyol both lost the chance to keep up with the leaders after unexpectedly losing at home to Granada and Osasuna respectively. Bielsa's team saw their 11 game unbeaten run come to an end after Granada scored from a first half corner and although they laid siege to the visitors' goal, keeper Roberto kept them out. After the game, Granada manager Fabri Gonzalez admitted: "Bilbao played a great game, but we were just a bit luckier". Espanyol also lost at home, when Osasuna got their first away win of the season thanks to goals from Lamah and Nekounam. Espanyol have now gone four games without a win and scored just twice in those matches and they slip to ninth, with Osasuna now up to seventh.
Spectacular strike gives Real the points
Real Sociedad beat Betis 2-3 thanks to a spectacular last gasp goal from Iñigo, who scored with a great shot from his own half (the second time he's done that this season),after Betis had come back from 0-2 down with two goals from Jonathon Perreira. The Basques are now up to 12 points, just ahead of third from bottom Sporting on goal difference, whilst Betis continue to plummet and are now just a point ahead in 14th. Granada's win leaves them also on 12 points, but with their abandoned game against Mallorca set to be played on December 7th. Mallorca themselves enjoyed a welcome 2-1 win against bottom club Racing, to give Caparros his first win since taking over and are up to 15th, level on points with Betis and Getafe.