Real Madrid‘s game at Celta Vigo on Sunday was postponed which means the LaLiga leaders remain a point above Barcelona at the top of the table.
The game had been in doubt after high winds and rain in Galicia also forced the postponement of Deportivo La Coruna‘s home game with Real Betis on Friday night.
The weather in the region resulted in the roof of Celta’s Balaidos ground being damaged and it was announced on Saturday evening that the game would not go ahead.
This means they were unable to re-establish a four-point lead over Barcelona, who beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 at the Nou Camp on Saturday.
Paco Alcacer was drafted into the starting XI in place of the rested Luis Suarez and opened the scoring on 18 minutes with his first league goal since a summer move from Valencia.
Bilbao, who were unbeaten in their previous five league games, failed to make the most of a dominant spell and then gifted Barcelona a second goal just before the break when Lionel Messi’s free-kick squirmed past goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz
Defender Aleix Vidal added a third midway through the second half for Luis Enrique’s side, who have now played two matches more than Real Madrid.
On Sunday, Samir Nasri passed up the chance to fire Sevilla closer to Real Madrid from the penalty spot.
The former Arsenal midfielder saw his 49th-minute spot-kick saved by goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo as Villarreal held third-placed Sevilla to a goalless draw at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
In a tight encounter, Nasri was handed his chance when Sevilla skipper Vitolo was fouled by defender Mario, but his penalty was kept out by Asenjo.
The visitors gave as good as they got for long periods with Jonathan dos Santos, Samu Castillejo and Adrian Lopez all going close, but Wissam Ben Yedder, Pablo Sarabia and Vicente Iborra forced saves as the home side pushed for the breakthrough.
Real Sociedad climbed to within a point of the top four courtesy of a hard-fought 3-2 victory over lowly Osasuna.
The visitors, who started the day sitting in 19th place in the table, went ahead through Kenan Kodro’s 25th-minute strike and retained their lead until 17 minutes after the break when Raul Navas levelled with a header.
Carlos Vela fired Sociedad in front 10 minutes later and Juanmi made it 3-1 with 13 minutes remaining, although Sergio Leon ensured a tense conclusion when he reduced the deficit within two minutes.
Christian Santos and Edgar Mendez both struck from the spot as Alaves dumped Sporting Gijon deeper into relegation trouble after a six-goal thriller at El Molinon.
The visitors were cruising when Ruben Sobrino, Santos and Mendez put them 3-0 up with 20 minutes remaining, but that was far from the end of the action.
Substitute Lacina Traore pulled one back for the home side with six minutes left and Carlos Castro struck again at the death, but not before defender Alexis had added a fourth for Alaves to seal a 4-2 win.
Back to Saturday’s action and Fernando Torres scored twice as Atletico Madrid ended a four-game winless run with a 2-0 victory over Leganes at Vicente Calderon.
Torres converted a rebound from Antoine Griezmann’s saved penalty to put the hosts ahead on 15 minutes.
The 32-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea frontman made sure of all three points when he latched on to a pass from substitute Angel Correa through the centre and clipped the ball over goalkeeper Iago Herrerin from just inside the penalty area.
Saturday’s late game at the Mestalla saw Eibar run out 4-0 winners over 10-man Valencia to continue their push up towards the top six.
Sergi Enrich put the visitors in front on 28 minutes, before Valencia saw midfielder Carlos Soler sent off for violent conduct at a corner, with Adrian Gonzalez scoring from the resulting penalty in first-half stoppage-time.
Dani Garcia cracked in a volley just before the hour, with Enrich adding a second on 77 minutes to leave Los Che only six points above the relegation zone.
In the early kick-off, Espanyol won 1-0 at Malaga with a goal from Argentine winger Pablo Piatti on 17 minutes.