Real reduces gap to one point
Real Madrid reduced the gap with to just one point after beating Valencia 2-nil at the Bernabeau.
Barcelona were held goalless by Espanyol and this was only the second match of the season for Barca to fail to find the net in a match.
With Real losing out on head to head against Barca, they will need to finish with more points than Barca to win the title and the win over Valencia helps them in that regard.
Valencia are still in third place but face the threat from Sevilla and Mallorca for that position.
Sevilla won its match against Sporting Gijon and Mallorca will play the last fixture of the round against Osasuna.
In relegation matters, Tenerife won its match against Getafe whilst Xerez and Valladolid could only draw their matches.