Barcelona moved clear at the top of the Spanish Primera Division table for 24 hours at least with a thumping 5-0 win at Rayo Vallecano.
That was how it stayed until the final 10 minutes when the floodgates suddenly opened as Xavi and
The late goal rush put the focus squarely back on closest challenger Atletico Madrid, who will attempt to draw level with Barca again on Monday (AEDT) when it hosts bottom-placed Osasuna.
Real Betis moved up to fourth with a 1-0 home win over Valencia.
Adrian ensured the win, and his third consecutive clean sheet since taking over as the first-choice goalkeeper, when he kept out
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Third-placed Malaga failed to close on the leaders as it was held to a goalless draw against struggling Espanyol at the Cornella El-Prat.
Real Sociedad continues to hold the edge in the battle for a top-four finish in the Primera Division after a 2-1 victory at Sevilla.