Barcelona's 4-1 win over Atletico Madrid was the final nail in the coffin of this season's Liga title chase.
Following Real Madrid's latest capitulation, this time to a team struggling at the wrong at the end of the table in the shape of Espanyol, the gap between the leader and the reigning champion has opened into a yawning 13-point chasm.
Boredom will be the order of the day at the Bernabeu until the Champions League knockout stages begin in February. Even Jose Mourinho all-but-admitted after his side's 2-2 tie that the capital club is now fighting on just two fronts.
Fortunately for fans of La Liga, if this season's title is already wrapped up before Christmas, at least there is the prospect of watching this Barcelona side for a few more months.