Champions League debutants Malaga suffered a hangover from their midweek qualification for the last 16 when they lost at home.
A stunning volley from Karim Benzema lit up a brutal 5-1 win for Real Madrid at Osasuna as they moved a step closer to the Liga title.
Facts and figures ahead of Sunday's other Liga action.
An imperious Barcelona obliterated Osasuna 8-0 in their La Liga clash at the Camp Nou with Lionel Messi rampant in scoring a hat-trick.
Osasuna caught the backlash from Barcelona's supposed 'mini-crisis' their coach Jose Luis Mendilibar said.
Cristiano Ronaldo did not train with his Real Madrid team-mates on Friday after sustaining a gash on his ankle.
Osasuna picked up a vital victory in their bid to beat the drop from La Liga with a hard-earned 1-0 triumph against Valencia.
Villarreal's faltering form continued when they were held 1-1 at home by basement side Malaga, missing out on the chance to go third.
Osasuna have appointed Jose Luis Mendilibar as coach in place of Jose Antonio Camacho, who was sacked on Monday.
Osasuna have sacked coach Jose Antonio Camacho after the Liga club lost 1-0 at Real Sociedad and slipped into the relegation places.
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